Robert Arthur Gingell 2007
Robert A. Gingell, 83, a Washington area lawyer who specialized in estate and property
law, died Feb. 3 at his home in Silver Spring. He had Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Gingell was in private practice from the 1950s to 2006 and had a series of partners
over the years. He had an office in Wheaton from 1962 to 2003.
He formerly chaired the American Bar Association's committee on significant probate
and trust decisions and served on the Maryland Bar Association's executive committee.
He was a charter member and fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Robert Arthur Gingell was born in Alexandria and, after his parents died, he was raised by
relatives and parents of a friend. Mostly, he grew up in Washington with the family of a
Marine Corps officer, Merritt A. Edson, who went on to receive the Medal of Honor for
action during the defense of Guadalcanal during World War II.
After graduating from Western High School in 1942, Mr. Gingell served in the Marine
Corps in the Pacific and saw active duty during the Korean War. He retired from the
reserves in the late 1950s at the rank of captain. He was a 1948 graduate of George
Washington University and a 1949 graduate of its law school.
He was a former president of the Olney Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary
International. He was a former Bethesda resident and had been president of the
Kenwood neighborhood citizens association. He moved to Silver Spring in 1999.
He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and was parish lawyer for
more than 40 years.
His marriage to Grace Noffsinger Gingell ended in divorce.
His second wife, Marianne Bell Gingell, whom he married in 1980, died in 1999.
Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, Robert Gingell Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif.,
and Gentry Gingell of Gaithersburg; four stepchildren, Dr. John McConnaughey of
Spokane, Wash., David McConnaughey of New York and Robert McConnaughey
and Terry McConnaughey, both of Bethesda; and a brother.