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Eugene Roesser, 82, Attorney

Eugene Francis Roesser, 82, an attorney who specialized in wills, trusts and estate planning, died of heart failure at his home in Potomac on March 14, 2003.

Roesser was born in Baltimore and served in the U.S. Army in World War II. He received his B.A. in Economics from Loyola University in Los Angeles in 1949. He received his designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College of Life Underwriters in 1952 and his LL.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1956.

FROM 1949 TO 1972, Roesser was a registered agent in the life insurance business and a registered representative in mutual funds, marketing principally among physicians. He was an agent for J.D. Marsh and Associates, which pioneered and specialized in estate planning. For nine years, he qualified as a member of the Million Dollar Round Table.

He was a past president of the District of Columbia Estate Planning Council, an organization composed of 250 chartered life underwriters, certified public accountants, bank trust officers and lawyers engaged in estate planning.

He was past president of the District of Columbia Chapter of Chartered Life Underwriters, an organization of 350 chartered life underwriters.

He was past president of the District of Columbia Life Underwriters Association, an organization of 750 members.

ROESSER WAS a guest lecturer on use and taxation of life insurance at the Georgetown University Law Center from 1975 through 1994, and he was a lecturer before the District of Columbia Medical Society, District of Columbia Life Underwriters Association Sales Congress, the Washington D.C. Estate Planning Council and the Washington and Baltimore Chapters of Chartered Life Underwriters.

He was a past president of the Montgomery County Men’s Republican Club.

Eugene Roesser is survived by his wife of 45 years, Sen. Jean Roesser; three children: Eugene Roesser Jr. and his wife Lynn of Gaithersburg, Mary Roesser Calderon and her husband Jorge of New York, and Anne Marie Roesser of Gaithersburg; two grandchildren, Meg Roesser and Paul Calderon. He had three brothers: Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Joseph C. Roesser of Olney, John A. Roesser of Gaithersburg and the late Henry Roesser Jr. of Baltimore.

The Roessers have lived in their Potomac home for 42 years.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home, 4901 Eastern Ave., Hyattsville, Md. 20782; Bread for the City, 1640 Good Hope Rd., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020; or to any charity of choice.

Please sign and view the Roesser family guest book at www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com