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Leonard Lockhart

Longtime Cecil County resident, Leonard H. Lockhart, Sr. died at his home on Monday, February 27, 2012.

Born in Frankfort, Illinois on February 26, 1927, he was the sixth of eight children. Raised in Dunlap, where his father was a coal miner, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1944 at age 18 and was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, where he met his wife of 65 years, Kathleen Pender.

After leaving the Army, Lockhart attended the University of Baltimore on the GI Bill, where he earned his A.A. degree in 1953 and his J.D. from the UB School of Law in 1955. He was a member of the Sigma Delta Kappa legal fraternity and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in July of 1955 to begin a 45-year legal career on the upper eastern shore. In addition to his firm’s work, he was appointed by Governor Millard Tawes as the Chief Magistrate in Cecil County and remained in that position until the creation of the Maryland District Court System.

Lockhart was politically active his entire adult life and was president of the Young Democrats of Maryland from 1959 to 1960. He unsuccessfully ran for the Maryland State Senate in the 1960’s, losing to future governor Harry Hughes. He was an alternate Kennedy Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960 and attended the Presidential inauguration and ball in 1961.

A member of the American Legion, he was an original member of Chantilly Manor Country Club, a board member and former chairman at the National Bank of Rising Sun and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years. He sponsored and helped countless alcoholics and their families.

His son, Leonard Lockhart Jr., and siblings preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife and children, Jeanette Lockhart Cole, Kathy Lockhart and former Cecil County Commissioner Brian Lockhart; brother, Joe Haney Lockhart; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His oldest grandchild, William H. Cole IV is a member of the Baltimore City Council and a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

A memorial mass was held on Friday, March 2 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Rising Sun, Maryland. A private burial was held at a later date.

R.T. Foard Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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