Edgar Frank Czarra Jr., 81

December 20, 2009

OCT. 4, 1928-NOV. 30, 2009

ADAMSTOWN, Md. - Edgar Frank Czarra Jr., 81, of Adamstown, Md. and Potomac, Md., departed this life peacefully Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Born Oct. 4, 1928, in Langhorne, Pa., he was the son of the late Edgar F. and Mary Agnes (Copeland) Czarra.

Mr. Czarra graduated from McKinley High School of Washington, D.C., in 1945. He then attended Yale University, New Haven, Conn., where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1949. Mr. Czarra continued his formal education at Yale Law School where he received a Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) Degree in 1952. Following law school, Mr. Czarra enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he earned the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Mr. Czarra received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1961.


Mr. Czarra had a long and varied career in the field of law including positions at the U.S. District Court, 1954; U.S. Court of Appeals, 1954; and U.S. Supreme Court, 1959, where he successfully litigated many cases. He held the position of associate with Covington and Burling LLP from 1952 through 1963. He then became a partner and held that position until his retirement in 1997. His organizational memberships include the American Bar Association, The Washington, D.C., Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He served as the president of the Maryland Polled Hereford Association from 1971 through 1973. Mr. Czarra was also the owner/developer of Little Antietam Farm in Rohrersville, Md.

Mr. Czarra is survived by his wife, Doris C. (Lane) Czarra of Adamstown, Md., whom he married June 14, 1952. He is also survived by his daughter, Penelope L. Czarra of Rohrersville; two sons, Edgar F. Czarra III and wife, Kelli, of Thurmont, Md., and Jonathan C. Czarra and wife, Joan, of Centreville, Va.; and daughter, Melanie A. Czarra-Panek and husband, Edward, of London, United Kingdom. Mr. Czarra is also survived by his six adoring grandchildren, Erin E. Czarra of Knoxville, Tenn., Lindsey A. Czarra of Centreville, Edward S. Panek and Sarah L. Panek, of London, and Natalie L. Czarra and Caroline T. Czarra of Thurmont.

A private burial service was held Dec. 4, 2009, at the Boonsboro Cemetery in the valley he loved so much.

Memorial donations may be made to Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, 5255 Loughboro Road, NW, Washington, DC 20016; Frederick Memorial Hospital, Office of Development, 400 W. Seventh St., Frederick, MD 21701; or Rohrersville Ruritan Club, 21023 Rohrersville School Road, Rohrersville, MD 21779.

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