BALLARD , Warren M. On July 18, 2013, Warren McElroy Ballard, 102, Professor (Emeritus), Temple University School of Law, of natural causes in Catonsville, MD. Born on Dec. 21, 1910, originally from St. Louis, MO, then Philadelphia, PA, and since 2002 from Catonsville, MD. Beloved spouse of Anne Horn Ballard for nearly 38 years, and widower of beloved Mary Katherine (Katie) Thorp Ballard (deceased, 1912-1968); dear old dad to James (deceased, 1943-2004), Elizabeth of Ottawa, Canada, Mary (David Jenkins) of Huntingtown, MD, and Margaret of Alexandria, VA; inspirational grandfather to Catherine (Myles) and Reid (Renee) who among them provided three treasured great-grandchildren; step-father to Christine (Klavs Jensen) of Lexington, MA, Evelyn (Fred Gilkey) of Towson, MD, and Joan (Hal Masover) of Iowa; proxy-grandfather to Richie, Sam, Carsten, David, Alan, Joan (Jesse) and Aaron (Yi); beloved of numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and "out-laws"; and fondly remembered by many former students, faculty and staff of Temple Law School. While largely blessed with good health, his health at 101 declined suddenly with two hospitalizations in 2012. Nevertheless, he insisted on therapy and exercise to regain his strength, and had been a role model for the Fitness Center staff of the Charlestown Retirement Community. Prof. Ballard received three degrees from the University of Virginia - B.S. '32, M.S. '33 and L.L. B. '36. At UVA, Mr. Ballard was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and the Raven Society, among other activities. Passing the bar in 1936, he worked two years in New York City, then for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C. As he realized his interest lay in teaching the law, he matriculated at Yale University for post-graduate studies. In 1940, Temple University School of Law hired him for what would be a long tenure in Philadelphia, PA until 1978 full-time and then 15 years part-time. As did a number of Temple's faculty during World War II, Professor Ballard joined the U.S. Navy, being honorably discharged as a Lt. Cmdr. in December 1945. In 1942 he married his wife, Katie, whom he had met while both were graduate students at UVA. In 1951, he moved his family to Wyndmoor, PA where he resided - in the same house- until 2002 when he and Anne moved to the Charlestown retirement community in Catonsville, MD. With his family (wife Katie), he enjoyed a sabbatical in 1966 studying at the London School of Economics. Years later, he and Anne seized upon many other educational opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. A few years ago, their guide at Manchu Picchu did not believe his passport's birth date. He and Anne subscribed to the Philadelphia Orchestra, and then the Baltimore Symphony. They enjoyed Bach and opera everywhere. Throughout his life, he thought and acted as a "Jeffersonian Democrat". The former President of Temple University, Peter Liacoras wrote: I will remember Warren for his honesty, reliability, fidelity to the profession and his abiding social conscience." In December 2010, family and neighbors celebrated his 100th birthday in Baltimore. Many former law students composed tributes. Said one: "Warren Ballard would want nothing more from us than the satisfaction of knowing that he has taught us well and we have learned... We would all do well to emulate this man." In lieu of flowers, consider donations to a higher education Scholarship fund, such as Temple University Law Foundation or UVA Law Foundation.
A simple memorial service will be planned at Charlestown at a later date.
Published in Baltimore Sun on Jul. 21, 2013.