Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

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Judge Luke K. Burns Jr., 79, of Westminster, died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Carroll Hospital Center, following a brief illness.

Born Jan. 27, 1934, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Luke Kenny Burns Sr. and Mary Jane Burns. He was the husband of Sally Burns, who died in 1989; and of Marcia Burns, whom he married in 1999.

He attended Loyola Blakefield High School in Baltimore. He was educated by the Jesuit order, studying Greek and Latin, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University in New York in 1957. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1964. He was admitted to practice law in Maryland in 1964 and was a member of the Maryland and Carroll County bar associations.

He began the private practice of law in Baltimore. In 1972, he moved to Carroll County and entered practice with Stanford Hoff and Charles Stoner. He remained in private practice until 1978, when he was appointed by the governor as associate judge of the District Court of Maryland for Carroll County. On Sept. 28, 1979, he was again appointed by the governor, then to the Circuit Court of Maryland for Carroll County.

He successfully stood for election twice and served as judge until his retirement on Jan. 23, 2004. From the date of his retirement until his death, he continued to preside over cases in the Circuit Court for Howard and Carroll counties as a visiting judge.

He presided over thousands of cases during his career. He was a mentor for countless attorneys and enjoyed watching their development as seasoned lawyers.

As a jurist, he especially enjoyed presiding over adoptions. After adoption regulations changed in 1984, he offered to take over the handling of adoptions from the other judges. On the day of his retirement, one of the final matters on his docket was an adoption.

He enjoyed books and was an avid reader. He was an avid sports fan, beginning in his youth when he would travel by train by himself to Philadelphia to see the Philadelphia A's play, and throughout his entire life, following high school, college and professional teams. In later years he enjoyed playing golf and vacationing in Florida.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are son and daughter-in-law Robert M. and Jennifer Burns, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law Nancy and Michael Reilly, of Philadelphia, Pa.; grandchildren Kathleen Blair and Sarah Margaret Burns, Jean Adelaide, Michael Luke, Peter John, Robert William, Mark Augustine and Sally Elizabeth Reilly; stepchildren and spouses Parker and Vicki Leimbach, of Westminster, and Ashley and Matthew Baker, of New Oxford, Pa.; and step-grandchildren Justus Kirk, Austin Jenkins, Jacob David Leimbach, Coy Jenkins and Cade Whitman Baker.

He was predeceased by brothers John Reed Burns and Joseph Patrick Burns.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. Interment will be in Westminster Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Carroll Hospital Center, Cardiac and Stroke Program, 200 Memorial Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.

Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com.

Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.

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412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 5, 2013
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