- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2006

BALTIMORE (AP) — Thomas M. O’Malley, a Montgomery County lawyer and the father of Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley, died Jan. 5 at his home in Rockville, a spokesman for the mayor said. He was 80.

Thomas O’Malley, who was born in Pittsburgh, earned bachelor’s and law degrees from Georgetown University.

He served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from 1957 to 1962. He ran unsuccessfully for state’s attorney in Montgomery County in 1994 as a Democrat and in 1998 as a Republican. His son, who is running for governor, is a Democrat.

As an Air Force bombardier in World War II, Mr. O’Malley was flying a conventional bombing mission on Aug. 6, 1945, when he saw a huge mushroom cloud rising in the distance over Hiroshima, Japan.

“Some of my bombs were dropped at the same instant, but the mushroom was a mystery,” Mr. O’Malley told the Annapolis Capital newspaper in August.

Mr. O’Malley also told the Capital that he saw both hijacked jetliners fly into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He was in New York monitoring polls for his son Patrick, who ran unsuccessfully for City Council.

The Hiroshima bombing and the September 11 attacks both targeted civilians, he noted, calling them “war crimes.”

In 2002, he published on the Internet a manuscript titled “Deep Throat: Fact or Fiction.” In it, he said his close friend, Joe Lowther, a former aide to Watergate Judge John J. Sirica, confessed on his deathbed that he was “Deep Throat.”

Last year, breaking a 30-year silence, a former FBI official, Mark Felt, revealed he was the source dubbed Deep Throat who secretly provided guidance to Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Watergate scandal.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara; four sons, Martin, Patrick, Paul and Peter; and two daughters, Bridget Hunter and Eileen Schempp.

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