Circuit Court Biographies
Attended Gonzaga College High School, Washington,
D.C.; Catholic University of America; University of
Maryland, B.A., 1965; University of Maryland School
of Law, LL.B., 1969. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1969. Juvenile master for Charles County; public de-
fender, District 4; associate judge. District Court of
Maryland, 1976-1980. Member, Knights of Columbus.
Married; 2 children.
ALBERT P. CLOSE. Third Judicial Circuit, 1967.
Born in Bel Air, February 21, 1918. Attended St. James
School, Hagerstown; St. John's College, B.A., 1938;
University of Maryland, LL.B., 1942. Admitted to the
Maryland Bar, 1946. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Member, American, Maryland State, and Harford
County Bar Associations. Trial Magistrate and judge of
the Peoples Court, Harford County. Member, Susque-
hanna Law Club. Married; 8 children.
DONALDSON CRAIG COLE, JR. Second Judicial
Circuit, 1980. Born in Perryville, September 4, 1934.
Attended Dickinson College, B.A., 1956; University of
Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1961; City of London
College, London, England, course in international law.
Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1961. Served in the U.S.
Army, 1956-1958. Member, Maryland State Bar Asso-
ciation; Cecil County Bar Association (past president);
Maryland State's Attorneys Association (past vice-presi-
dent); National District Attorneys Association. State's
Attorney for Cecil County, 1967-1980. Married; 2 chil-
JOHN PRINTZ CORDERMAN. Fourth Judicial Cir-
cuit, 1977. Born in Hagerstown, May 14, 1942.
Attended Hagerstown public schools; Hagerstown Ju-
nior College; University of Maryland, B.A., 1965; Uni-
versity of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1968. Admit-
ted to the Maryland Bar, 1968. Member, American,
Maryland State, and Washington County Bar Associa-
tions. Deputy State's Attorney, Washington County,
1971-1974. Maryland State Senate, 1975-1977. Wash-
ington County Outstanding Young Man, 1974; Legisla-
tor of the Year, Maryland State's Attorneys Associa-
tion, 1976. Married; 3 children.
EDWARD A. DeWATERS, JR. Third Judicial Circuit,
1972. Born in Havre de Grace, October 28, 1938.
Attended Georgetown Prep; Fordham University,
B.S.S., 1960; University of Maryland School of Law,
J.D., 1964; National Judicial College, University of Ne-
vada, graduate, 1977. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1964. Member, Maryland State and Baltimore County
Bar Associations. Former assistant state's attorney,
Baltimore County; executive assistant state's attorney,
Baltimore County; deputy state's attorney, Baltimore
County; associate judge, District Court of Maryland.
Part-time professor, Towson State University. Past pres-
ident, Gunpowder/Kingsville Optimist Club; past chair-
man, Public Relations Committee, St. Stephens Catholic
Church; past chairman, Young Lawyers Committee;
member. Library Committee of Baltimore County Bar
Association; member, Ethics Committee, Baltimore
County Bar Association. Married; 2 children.
PAUL A. DORF. Eighth Judicial Circuit, 1968.
Born in Baltimore, June 29, 1926. Attended Forest Park
High School; University of Maryland; George Washing-
ton University; University of Maryland School of Law,
LL.B., J.D., 1951. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1950. Served in the U.S. Naval Air Force. Member,
various bar, social, and fraternal organizations. Assis-
tant city solicitor, Baltimore, 1951-1958; chief judge,
Baltimore City Traffic Court, 1959-1960. Maryland
State Senate, 1960-1968. Member, Governor's Adviso-
ry Board for Juvenile Services. Author of articles on
law in hypnosis, acupuncture, and body language in
professional and medical journals. Recipient, national
award by the American Bar Association. Law instructor
at Baltimore law schools and presently an instructor in
paralegal courses at the University of Maryland. Mar-
ried; 3 children.
CHARLES E. EDMONDSON. First Judicial Circuit,
1975. Born in Dorchester County, September 17,
1914. Attended Cambridge public schools; University of
Maryland, B.A., 1936; University of Maryland School
of Law, LL.B., 1940. Member, House of Delegates,
1946-1947. State's attorney for Dorchester County,
1947-1950; attorney for the City of Cambridge, 1952-
1962; member. Public Service Commission, 1961-1971;
District Court judge, 1971-1975. Married; 2 children.
KIRWIN THOMAS EVERNGAM. Second Judicial
Circuit, 1976. Born in Los Angeles, California, April
24, 1912. Attended Caroline High School; Washington
and Lee; Washington College of Law, LL.B., 1938. Ad-
mitted to the Maryland Bar, 1938. Member, American,
Maryland State, Caroline County, and Second Circuit
Bar Associations; American Judicature Society; Ameri-
can and Maryland Bar Foundations. Assistant U.S. at-
torney for Maryland, 1941-1943; assistant attorney
general of Maryland, 1943-1946; attorney for Caroline
County Commissioners; legal officer, Potomac River
Fisheries Commission, 1963-1975. Member, Masons,
Shrine; past president, Rotary Club of Denton, Caroline
Country Club. Married; 3 children.
PHILIP M. FAIRBANKS. Sixth Judicial Circuit,
1973. Born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, July 9, 1913.
Attended District of Columbia and Massachusetts pri-
vate schools; Yale University, A.B., 1935; George
Washington University, J.D., 1938. Law Review. Ad-
mitted to the Maryland Bar, 1948. Member, Maryland
State, District of Columbia, and Montgomery County
Bar Associations; American Judicature Society; Ameri-
can Judges Association; International Academy of Trial
Judges. Montgomery County Board of Appeals, 1959-
1963; chief judge, Peoples Court, Montgomery County,
1966-1971; administrative judge, Maryland District
Court, Montgomery County, 1971-1973. Herbert Lin-
coln Harley Award, American Judicature Society; Wil-
liam Burnett Award, American Judges Association;
George Washington University Law Association Award
of Distinction; Distinguished Citizen of Maryland
Award. President, Yale Club of Washington, D.C.,
1948-1949; trustee, St. Johnsbury Academy, St.
Johnsbury, Vermont; director, American Judicature So-
ciety; president, American Judges Association, 1971-