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James T. Wharton
July 7, 1930 – April 4, 2003 


James T. Wharton, 72, a founder and managing shareholder of Wharton Levin Ehrmantraut & Klein P.A., a litigation firm based in Annapolis, died April 4 at Anne Arundel Medical Center after a heart attack.

Mr. Wharton was taken to the hospital after his car crashed into a tree in a grassy area off Route 8 near Craney Creek Road in Stevensville, Md., a State Police spokesman said.

Mr. Wharton began his career in the early 1960s with a private practice in Rockville. He joined Joseph S. McCarthy to form McCarthy & Wharton in 1968. Mr. Wharton was President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County. His administration formulated plans to establish a formal headquarters office for the Bar Association.

Mr. Wharton helped establish Wharton Levin in 1984. The firm represents manufacturers and other businesses in product liability cases.

Mr. Wharton, a Stevensville resident and Pennsylvania native, was a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, where he was president of Sigma Nu social fraternity and a member of the Lion's Paw Senior Society. He was a 1956 graduate of Georgetown University's law school.

His marriage to Sara Ann Breen Wharton ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Beverly K. Wharton of Stevensville; six sons from his first marriage, Michael, of Baltimore, Patrick, of Rockville, Chris, of Potomac, Mark, of Frederick, Tim, of Gaithersburg, and James, of Bethesda; two daughters from his first marriage, Sharon Wiley of Midlothian, Va., and Maureen Phillips of North Potomac; and 16 grandchildren.

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