Robert Swecker

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SWECKER, ROBERT STANLEY, 81 years of age, of Sherwood Forest, Maryland, passed Monday, March 10. He was born to John Preston Swecker and Emma Virginia Wilkins on April 18, 1932 in Washington, DC. He graduated from Sidwell Friends High School in 1950, and receive his BME and LLB from Cornell University. He served in the Air Force from 1958 to 1960, but could not fly because he was colorblind. He joined his father's law firm, Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis in 1961 and became a Sr. partner. He was the lead counsel in patent and trademark cases in the Supreme Court, Federal Courts, Court of Claims and the International Trade Commission. He was instrumental in bringing International Trade work into the firm and helped establish the International Trade Commission Trail Lawyers Association (ITCTLA), where he was appointed its second President. He was an active member of the ABA. He and his wife, Joan, lived in the Fairfax/Burke area of Virginia for 31 years, spending their summers in Sherwood Forest, MD, from 1976 to 2006. Bob was a devoted husband and father, an avid tennis player, an occasional golfer and a dedicated sailor who spent many moonlit nights with Joan sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. In Burke, they were members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd where Bob taught Sunday school, served on the vestry and various committees. They moved permanently to Sherwood Forest in 2006 where they joined St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis. Bob is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Joan Kreider Swecker of Sherwood Forest, MD ; his brother, Edward Preston Swecker and sister-in-law, Barbara of VA; his children, Bradley Swecker (Carla) of CA; James Swecker of VA; Nancy Swan of NC; and Joan's children, David Eldredge (Jill Marie) of CO; Philip Eldredge (Donna) of TN; Lisa Brandt Roebuck (Michael) of CA; and nine grandchildren. A Funeral service will be held on 11 a.m. Monday, March 17 at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster Parish, 1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, MD 21409, with Interment and reception immediately following at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made in Bob's name to St. Margaret's Church, Music Program, at the above address. Online condolences may be made at

Published in The Capital on Mar. 13, 2014
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