Lynn, former candidate for county state's attorney, remembered by colleagues

September 11, 2007|By MARLO BARNHART

Gordon Arthur Lynn, Hagerstown attorney and candidate for Washington County State's Attorney in the 2006 election, died suddenly Monday evening, according to his former law partner.

Lynn had what he described to friends and colleagues as a cold and couldn't get rid of it, said Lew Metzner, Lynn's law partner from 1990 to 1994.

"I've known Gordie for a long time," Metzner said this morning. He said he got the call about Lynn last evening.

Lynn was married with children.

"Yesterday he was told he had pneumonia," Metzner said, adding he was told Lynn's condition went downhill quickly and he was taken to the emergency room at Washington County Hospital where he died.


They first met when Lynn was with the law firm of Meyers and Young (now Meyers, Young and Grove), Metzner said. They became friends both in the courtroom and on the golf course.

"He was a likeable fellow and that's a redeeming factor in this profession," Metzner said. Metzner is a Hagers-town city councilman.

Washington County Circuit Judge Ken Long said Lynn's passing is tragic.

"I ran into Gordon last week in the courthouse and we had a nice chat. He seemed great," Long said this morning.

Lynn was always friendly, always helpful, and always cared about his clients, Long said.

In early 2006, Lynn filed as a Republican for the state's attorney's job. He said then he decided to run "quite a while ago," saying it was time for a change.

Charles Strong won that election.

Lynn, who passed the Maryland Bar in 1985, served in the U.S. Army as a judge advocate general and a special assistant U.S. state's attorney.

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