MAX O. TRUITT, JR.
Max O'Rell Truitt, Jr., of Washington, DC, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the age of 83. He is survived by his children Dawson (Patty) Truitt, Robin (Cindy) Truitt, and James Truitt, all of Washington, D.C., his daughter Sarah (Jake) Kantrowitz of Boston, MA, and his step-daughters Jennifer (Brian Douglass) Olney of Mill Valley, CA, and Lise (Tim Fulham) Olney of Wellesley, MA, as well as by his brother Stephen (Kristina) Truitt of Washington, D.C. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, and grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many friends. Max was preceded in death by his sons Peter Tyson Truitt and Thomas Christopher Truitt. He was married three times during his life, to the late Elizabeth Mason Truitt, to Susan Stats Truitt, and to the late Barbara Wellbery. Max was the grandson of Vice President Alben W. Barkley.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and raised in Washington, DC, Max graduated from St. Albans School in 1949 and received his B.A. in English from Princeton University
in 1953. After receiving his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1958, Max clerked for Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark and then joined the law firm Wilmer & Braun. As a founding partner of Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, now WilmerHale, Max had a long career as a litigation specialist, and instilled his best practices in many young lawyers.
Max was an avid bicyclist, a lover of Bach, and a devotee of the written and spoken word. He will be remembered for his sharp wit, his energetic presence, and his firm belief in strong topic sentences.
Arrangements will be made by DeVol funeral home and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Washington National Cathedral, a place he cherished.