Alexander Parks Rasin III
May 21, 1943 – December 19, 2015
Alex Rasin died on Saturday, Dec. 19 at the Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, Md. He was 72.
He was born in Chestertown, Md., on May 21, 1943, to A. Parks Rasin, Jr. and Henrietta (Bunny) Bowen Rasin.
Mr. Rasin was educated at Chestertown public schools, Washington & Lee University (Va.), and the University of Maryland School of Law. After serving in the U.S. Army, he and his wife Margaret Baker Rasin returned to Chestertown where Mr. Rasin began his legal career by joining in practice with his father. He was later in partnership with Hon. Thomas Sisk and then Arthur Wright, Esq. When Mr. Rasin’s illness necessitated his retirement in 2011, he had been in partnership with Genie Wootton, Esq. for nearly three decades. Mr. Rasin was a familiar face on Lawyer’s Row in Chestertown for 40 years.
Mr. Rasin’s devotion to Chestertown, Kent County and the Eastern Shore led him to significant public service. He was elected three times as a Kent County commissioner. He was chairman of the board of directors of The Peoples Bank, where his father had been bank president and his grandfather was one of the bank founders in l910.
Dedicated to his profession, Mr. Rasin was generous with his time and expertise, often providing legal services to local organizations and clients pro bono. In his minimal spare time, he could be found fishing on the Chesapeake Bay or playing softball well into his 60s. He was also an avid Baltimore Colts/Ravens fan and never missed an Orioles game.
He served as president and board member of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, board member of the Humane Society of Kent County, vice president and board member of the Kent County Historical Society, campaign chairman for the United Fund for Kent County, president of the Chestertown Rotary Club, president of trustees of Kent School, on the board of trustees of the Kent County Public Library, a trustee of Magnolia Hall Nursing Home, member of Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission Inquiry Panel, chairman of the Chestertown Ethics Commission, chairman of the Kent County Advisory Council for the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, member of the advisory board of Rebuilding Together, Kent County, among other community involvements.
Margaret (Marjo) Baker Rasin survives her husband of 46 years, as do two daughters and their husbands, Beth Rasin and Kerry Crist of Hume, Va.; and Katherine Rasin and Ben Rubin of Baltimore. Mr. Rasin is also survived by two young granddaughters, Sophia Rasin Rubin and Margaret Alexandra (Maggie) Crist, as well as his sister, Hon. Martha Frisby Rasin, of Annapolis, Md., and Chestertown.
A memorial service in honor of Mr. Rasin will be held at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown at 1:00 on January 9, 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his memory to The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, 114 Washington Street, Suite 101, Easton, MD 21601, or Compass Regional Hospice, 225 Comet Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.