Date of Death: February 5, 2010
Geza "George" Molnar, 89, who had a law firm in Silver Spring for 15 years, died Feb. 5 of renal failure at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in St. Mary's County.
After graduating from Georgetown University's law school in 1950, Mr. Molnar spent 20 years as a claims examiner with Geico before starting his own law firm in 1970. He specialized in assisting lower-income residents with legal problems. He retired in 1985.
Mr. Molnar was born in Bethlehem, Pa., and left Moravian College in his home town to join the Army Air Forces in World War II. He served as a radar communications specialist and as a bomber navigator in Burma and India.
After the war, he attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, where he was a standout athlete in baseball and soccer. He played shortstop on the baseball team and was Lehigh's first All-American in soccer. He received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1947. In 1994, he was inducted into the Lehigh University Athletics Hall of Fame.
After graduation, his family said, the old New York Giants expressed interest in signing Mr. Molnar to a baseball contract, but he chose to attend law school at Georgetown.
He was a longtime Silver Spring resident and lived for the past three years in Harwood.
According to his family, Mr. Molnar was a scratch golfer who often teed off at the Montgomery Country Club, where he was a member. He was also a published poet who enjoyed Shakespeare's sonnets.
His wife of 55 years, Jay Corina Molnar, died in 2002.
Survivors include his daughter, Barbara Williams of Harwood; two grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.