Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A Great Man, A Great Loss

Fred Grabowsky, who served as the first Bar Counsel for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 1974-1983, passed away yesterday. A 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Fred had served as Marine Corps judge advocate general in Vietnam and in private practice prior to the court's appointment as its Bar Counsel. He then served in the District of Columbia United States Attorneys Office as chief of the misdemeanor section before retiring and pursuing his interest in travel and handball. He also was a founder and President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel. An obituary is linked here.

His older brother Leon Grabowsky was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in the Second World War. Leon was serving on the U.S.S. Arizona on December 7, 1941, but was in the hospital on shore during the attack.

On a personal level, Fred was a great mentor with a superb sense of humor and tireless work ethic. The people who worked with him loved and respected him. He will be greatly missed but remain an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to know him. (Mike Frisch)

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