- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 22, 2007

BALTIMORE (AP) — Franklin Roosevelt D’Alesandro, a longtime employee of the land records section of the Baltimore Court House and the brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, died of cancer Feb. 21 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. He was 73.

“He was a mentor to young title searchers, and he helped stabilize that department,” his brother, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas J. D’Alesandro III, told the Baltimore Sun. “He helped people working there go from working with pens on paper, through the era of the typewriter to the computer.”

“He was an agreeable sort of guy who did his job well,” former Baltimore Chief Circuit Judge Joseph H.H. Kaplan told the Sun. “He didn’t complain and was always very pleasant.”

A graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School, Mr. D’Alesandro attended Loyola College and was involved in a scandal at age 20 when he was arrested and later acquitted on rape and perjury charges.

In addition to his brother and sister, survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Jankowski; two daughters, Rose Ann D’Alesandro of Baltimore and Deborah Ignatowski of Lutherville, Md.; another brother, Nicholas D’Alesandro of Baltimore; and two granddaughters. Three brothers are deceased.

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