Two lawyers re­mem­bered for their strength of ser­vice

The Enterprise - - News - THIS ‘N’ THAT John Whar­ton jwhar­ton@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JohnEn­tNews

The deaths this month of two lawyers who prac­ticed well their craft in St. Mary’s, one cham­pi­oning women’s stand­ing in the le­gal field and an­other de­vot­ing much of his ca­reer to rep­re­sent­ing in­di­gent de­fen­dants, brought forth trib­utes this week to their in­tel­lect and ded­i­ca­tion.

Tim­mer­man Te­pel Daugh­erty, 76, pur­sued many roles in life, and an on­line bi­og­ra­phy by the Amer­i­can Vi­sion­ary Art Mu­seum in Bal­ti­more de­tailed her tran­si­tion from a Quaker up­bring­ing in a ru­ral part of New Jersey, to serv­ing as found­ing pres­i­dent of a na­tional women’s bar as­so­ci­a­tion, pub­lish­ing a news­pa­per, work­ing in pub­lic pol­icy, and fol­low­ing a trau­matic car ac­ci­dent in 1998, pur­su­ing ex­cel­lence as an artist mak­ing mo­saic cre­ations. She most re­cently lived in Mi­ami Beach, Fla.

At her law of­fice in Lex­ing­ton Park, Daugh­erty said dur­ing a 1985 in­ter­view that her sur­vey of Mary­land’s big­gest law firms showed how few women lawyers in the state had at­tained the ti­tle of part­ner in their work­place. “Women are try­ing harder be­cause they know they have to,” Daugh­erty said.

Diana Don­ahue, who was a law part­ner with Daugh­erty, said this week that she “was very much an ad­vo­cate for women in the law, and women in gen­eral,” and that she would re­cruit as­sis­tance from Jack Daugh­erty, her fa­therin-law at that time, who headed a lo­cal bank.

“She en­listed him in many events and causes for women,” Don­ahue said, in­clud­ing start­ing a women’s shel­ter pro­gram that was the fore­run­ner for cur­rent ser­vices in the county.

“That’s part of Tim­mie’s legacy,” Don­ahue said.

Tim­mer­man Daugh­erty, who died on Oct. 8, also was the pub­lisher of the St. Mary’s Tide, a weekly news­pa­per dur­ing the late 1980s.

John Richard Getz, 64, be­came an ac­com­plished trom­bon­ist, even­tu­ally playing with a sym­phony orches­tra, in con­cert with top pop and jazz stars and at two White House in­au­gu­ra­tions, ac­cord­ing to a funeral home’s obit­u­ary, amid his pur­suit of a law de­gree and a var­ied ca­reer in both pri­vate and pub­lic practice.

“He was a top pros­e­cu­tor in Bal­ti­more for 10 years,” be­fore a decade han­dling mostly fam­ily law and per­sonal in­jury cases, pri­vate at­tor­ney Robert R. Cas­tro said Wed­nes­day out­side a court­room in St. Mary’s state of­fice build­ing, where Getz headed the pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice for the bet­ter part of an­other decade, un­til tran­si­tion­ing about six years ago to the pub­lic de­fender’s of­fice in Charles County.

Getz, who died Oct. 19 at his home across the Po­tomac River in Vir­ginia, re­cently re­turned to pri­vate practice, with Cas­tro’s of­fice in Wal­dorf.

“He was do­ing a great job for us,” Cas­tro said, de­scrib­ing Getz as “one of the best at­tor­neys I ever met, and one of the best guys I ever met.”

Sing, play tonight in Chap­tico church hall

South­ern Mary­land Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Dance will host an open mic event to­day, Fri­day, at Christ Epis­co­pal Church’s par­ish hall, lo­cated at 37497 Zach Fowler Road in Chap­tico.

Acous­tic mu­si­cians of all skill lev­els are wel­come to the friendly venue, a great hall to hone per­for­mance skills, meet new friends and pos­si­bly learn a few new licks.

The doors will open at 7 p.m., and the mu­sic will start at 7:30. Per­form­ers are ad­mit­ted at no charge.

To sign up to per­form, con­tact John Garner by send­ing email to garner@wild­blue.net or by call­ing 301-904-4987. Go on­line to www.smtmd.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

War re-en­ac­tors com­ing Satur­day to Point Look­out

Vis­i­tors to Point Look­out State Park this week­end, Oct. 27 and 28, can wit­ness a liv­ing his­tory re-en­act­ment of Amer­i­can forces dur­ing the War of 1812.

Vol­un­teers in pe­riod cos­tumes and uni­forms will in­ter­pret the life of sol­diers and other Mary­lan­ders dur­ing the War of 1812, along with small arms demon­stra­tions, drills and other events through­out the week­end. Camps at the his­toric fort area and on the beach at Point Look­out will be open to the pub­lic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 27, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 28. There will also be a Satur­day evening pro­gram.

Point Look­out fig­ured promi­nently in the War of 1812 due to its van­tage point at the con­flu­ence of the Po­tomac River and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay. Amer­i­can sol­diers on watch were able to mon­i­tor Bri­tish ves­sels mov­ing to­ward An­napo­lis or the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, Wash­ing­ton. “For more in­for­ma­tion, call 301-872-5688.

Turn in ex­pired medicines Satur­day

The Mary­land State Po­lice bar­rack and St. Mary’s sher­iff’s head­quar­ters in Leonard­town both of­fer year-round dropoff con­tain­ers to safely dis­pose of ex­pired or un­wanted med­i­ca­tion, a pro­gram to be rec­og­nized this Satur­day, Oct. 27, through Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day.

In part­ner­ship with the U.S. Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Na­tional Pre­scrip­tion Drug Take Back Day aims to pro­vide a safe, con­ve­nient, and re­spon­si­ble means of dis­pos­ing of pre­scrip­tion drugs, while also ed­u­cat­ing the gen­eral pub­lic about the po­ten­tial for abuse of med­i­ca­tions.

Sec­ond only to mar­i­juana, non-med­i­cal pre­scrip­tion drugs are the most com­monly used drug in the coun­try. Po­lice re­port that the DEA has found that most teenagers abus­ing pre­scrip­tion drugs are find­ing an un­lim­ited sup­ply in their fam­ily’s medicine cabi­net.

Pre­scrip­tion drugs can be dropped off at any state po­lice bar­rack at any time of the day through­out the year.

Get drive-through chicken din­ners

The Veter­ans of For­eign Wars Post 2632 off Route 235 in Cal­i­for­nia will host a Boy Scout Troop 1203 drive-through chicken din­ner from noon to 4 p.m. this Sun­day, Oct. 28, with proceeds go­ing to scout camp pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to or­der a meal, fea­tur­ing one-half of a ro­tis­serie chicken and two sides, send email to 1203fundrais­ing@gmail.com.

‘Boo-through’ Hal­loween event planned at fire­house

The Me­chan­icsville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s “Boo Through” Hal­loween event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. next Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31, at the fire­house lo­cated at 28165 Hills Club Road in Me­chan­icsville. Drive through the haunted fire­house dur­ing the free event, where goodie bags for chil­dren will be pro­vided.

Pro wrestling to re­turn Nov. 10 to Hol­ly­wood fire­house

Mary­land Cham­pi­onship Wrestling’s Au­tumn Ar­maged­don Tour will ar­rive on Satur­day, Nov. 10, at the Hol­ly­wood fire­house.

A bell time of 7:30 p.m., 90 min­utes af­ter the doors open, will kick off the eight matches, fea­tur­ing Hall of Famer “Mil­lion Dol­lar Man” Ted Dibi­ase, The Boogey­man and Rosa Men­des.

A pre-show meet and greet will also take place, open to all ticket hold­ers. Ad­di­tional fees will be charged for photo ops and au­to­graphs of the stars. For more in­for­ma­tion, go on­line to www. mcw­prowrestling.com.

Deadline ex­tended for Christ­mas in April ap­pli­ca­tions

The deadline has been ex­tended to Dec. 1 to ap­ply for as­sis­tance dur­ing next spring’s one day restora­tion and ren­o­va­tion blitz by Christ­mas in April-St. Mary’s County.

The 29th neigh­bor-help­ing-neigh­bor event is sched­uled for April 27 of next year. See www. christ­masi­naprilsmc.org or call 301-884-2905.

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