Following is the Biographical Sketch Presented November 12, 1957 to the Circuit Court For Montgomery County
It is with a mixed feeling of inadequacy and deep sorry that I appear before this morning formally to announce the death on October 11, 1956 of our Brother at the Bar, J. Guy Neel.
Guy was a member of an old, distinguished Maryland family and was born at the family home in Neelsville, Montgomery County, on March 26, 1895. He was the son of James Barnes Neel and Kathryn Hoyle Neel and was the seventh of eight children. Mr. Neel was married on June 5, 1923 to Lucille Harsh of Brookville, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his widow and two children, Kathryn Neal Kardy and Guy Barnes Neel. The town of Neelsville is named after his grandfather.
He received his elementary school education in a one-room country school. He commuted to Gaithersburg High School and graduated there-from in 1914. While in high school, he won the Montgomery County Oratorical Contest. Thereafter, he completed a course at Strayer’s Business College in Washington, D. C.
During World War I, he was in the military service and served his country with distinction as an Instructor in Physical Education, Bayonet Drill and Hand-to-Hand Combat. During World War II, he served on the Advisory Board of Selective Service Board No. 2 in Silver Spring.
Guy received his legal education at Georgetown University and was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar I 1922 and the Maryland Bar in 1935.
Following his admission to the District of Columbia Bar, he worked for the District Title Company and practiced law in the District of Columbia until 1930. He then worked for about two years with the U. S. Tariff Commission, following which he returned to title work with the Maryland Title Company, a subsidiary of District Title Company.
In 1935 he engaged in private practice, in association with Mr. William T. Pace, Sr., with offices in Rockville, Maryland, and organized the Maryland Lawyers Title Company. In the same year, he opened a second office in Silver Spring and was one of the first, if not the first, lawyers to have an office in Silver Spring. Following the retirement of Mr. Pace, Guy was associated with Mr. William Danieles, who made the supreme sacrifice during World War II, and a little later, Mr. E. Austin Carlin. After Mr. Daniels and Mr. Carlin entered military service, Guy closed his Rockville office and consolidated his practice, and the operation of the title company, at 8415 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring. He maintained his office at this location until his death. In 1948 Leonard T. Kardy, Guy’s son-in-law, now Deputy State’s Attorney for Montgomery County, became associated with Guy in the practice of law in Silver Spring, under the firm name of Neel & Kardy, which association continued until Guy’s death.
Guy was never a joiner. However, he was active in civic and community affairs and was one of the charter directors who organized the Silver Spring Library Association. He had an excellent reputation in his community and was esteemed by his fellow members of the Bar. He was never known to have spoken ill of anyone or to do an unkind act. He was truly a man of humility who believed in practicing the Golden Rule.
His loss is deeply felt by those who knew him intimately. We join in the sorrow of his loved ones who are gathered with us today.