Harry C. Ames Jr.

2008
Harry C. Ames Jr., 95, a transportation lawyer who co-founded Aes, Hill and  Ames law firm in Washington, died Aug. 27 after a
heart attack at the Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury health-care center in Irvington, Va. Mr. Ames specialized in
transportation law and in the 1960s successfully argued the "ingot molds" case before the U.S. Supreme Court, a historic    
resolution of rate differentials between railroads and barge lines. In 1993,  he was named man of the year by the Interstate
Commerce Commission's administrative law judges. He represented more than 287 trucking and barge lines over the years.
A sixth-generation Washingtonian, he graduated from  Central High School in 1931 and George Washington University in 1936.
He received a law degree from GWU in 1938 and the next year formed a law firm with his father and Wilmer A. Hill.
He was a member of Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, where he was president of its board and taught
Sunday school. He also was secretary-treasurer of his local council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Mr. Ames was a past president of the Parent Teacher Association at  Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and served on the
Montgomery County probation board. He was a former member of Congressional Country Club and a lifetime member of the
University Club of Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Jane Saegmuller Ames of Washington;  three children, Virginia A. LaFond of
Mechanicsburg, Pa., H. Clifton Ames III of  Reedville and George F. Ames of Bethesda; nine grandchildren; and four  
great-grandchildren.
-- Patricia Sullivan