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Md. GOP counsel dies on ski trip

January 12, 2009

ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- The Maryland Republican Party says its general counsel, Douglas Thiessen, died last week while skiing.

Thiessen was 35 years old and was employed as the assistant general counsel for the Parole Commission within the federal Department of Justice.

The party says he was on a ski trip with family members when he died Friday. A spokesman at the Whitetail resort in Mercersburg, Pa., says Thiessen was found unresponsive on the side of a ski trail. He was pronounced dead at a hospital in Hagerstown.

Thiessen was named legal counsel for the state GOP in 2007.

He is survived by his wife and five children.

A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Annapolis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Annapolis.

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