- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 30, 2008

James McGranery Jr., 67, lawyer

James Patrick McGranery Jr., 67, who practiced law specializing in nuclear energy and contracts, died March 11 at Georgetown University Hospital after contracting pneumonia, complicated by lung cancer.

Mr. McGranery was born in Philadelphia. He had lived in the District since 1952, when his family moved here after President Truman appointed his father, James P. McGranery, as attorney general of the United States.

Mr. McGranery graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School and the University of Notre Dame before earning his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1965. While in law school, he served as a marshal in support of Martin Luther King”s 1963 civil rights march on Washington.

Mr. McGranery began his legal career as a clerk to Judge Charles Fahy, associate judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. McGranery served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Thereafter, he was a partner in the law firm then known as LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae (now Dewey & LeBoeuf), and later as counsel at the firm then known as Dow, Lohnes & Albertson (now Dow, Lohnes).

In retirement, he delved into computer science and developed an expertise that benefited family, friends and neighbors.

Mr. McGranery was a passionate advocate for nuclear energy. He represented on a pro bono basis Scientists and Engineers for Secure Nuclear Energy, an organization established by six Nobel laureates and other distinguished scientists to support and defend the safe use of nuclear power. He also provided pro bono representation of the Columbia Plaza Tenants” Association.

Mr. McGranery, who never married, is survived by a brother, Clark R. McGranery of Princeton, N.J.; and a sister, Regina C. McGranery of Bethesda.

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