Jonathan H. Shoup, J.D. ’75, mentor to many, dies at 70

Jonathan H. Shoup, J.D. ’75, an Anne Arundel County attorney and a former state prosecutor who was regarded as a mentor by many in the legal community, died Monday at age 70, The Daily Record reported. (You will need a subscription to read the full obituary.)

Shoup, a veteran who did tours of duty in Vietnam and in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and who retired with the rank of lieutenant colonel, began his legal career as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, where he successfully tried more than 50 murder cases, the paper said.

John K. Gardner, a friend of Shoup’s and a Glen Burnie lawyer, told The Daily Record that Shoup became a close friend and a mentor to his son after he met Shoup through their mutual involvement with the Cawood Inn of Court. Shoup later served as president of the Inn and remained on as a member of the board.

“He raised the level of excellence by his sheer force of energy,” Gardner told the newspaper. “If Judge [James C. Cawood Jr.] was the George Washington of the Inn, in my mind, Jonathan Shoup was the Abraham Lincoln of the Inn.”

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