1936 – 2022
Annapolis, Maryland – B. Michael Rauh, Sr., 86, died July 22, 2022, peacefully at home in the company of his family. Mike was born July 11, 1936 in Washington, D.C., the son of Joseph L. and Olie (Westheimer) Rauh. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1954, and received his BS from the University of Michigan in 1958. He went on to graduate from the University of Virginia Law School in 1961, and received a Masters of Law from Georgetown University in 1967. He started his law career as an Assistant US Attorney for the District of Columbia, appointed by then Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Four years later he left to join a private practice which would eventually become Landis, Cohen, Sigmund and Rauh and he would become its managing partner. Later in his career he spent time at both Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, as well as Blank Rome. His clients and cases were as varied as his interests, at various times representing developers and major corporations, and at other times small businesses and mafia crime bosses. His greatest loves were spending time with his family, sailing the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries aboard the Bonheur, traveling the world, and eating anything sweet. He never met a sticky bun or a chocolate chip cookie that he didn't like. He was a voracious reader of everything from biographies and political history to spy novels. He read the newspapers and watched the news in order to keep up to date on local, national, and international events right up until the time of his death. When you were with Mike, he always wanted to hear about you and rarely talked about himself. He enjoyed politics and was actively involved throughout his life in national, state and local elections. He was a former President of the Alexandria Olympic Boys & Girls Club as well as Chair Emeritus of the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation. He developed a passion for travel early in life, crisscrossing the American West with his family as a 16-year-old, and Europe in a Volkswagen bus with them as an 18-year-old. He followed a tradition started by his parents, and took each of his grandchildren on a foreign adventure after they graduated from high school. Over the course of his life, he visited all seven continents and 63 countries, having the opportunity to ride camels in Jordan, visit penguins in Antarctica and go on safaris in Kenya and Botswana. As a husband, Mike was loving and caring and leaves behind his adored wife Maggie (Welshans). He also leaves behind his three children, Michael, Jr. and his wife Annette De Silva, his daughter Suzanne Rauh Davis, and his son Joseph L. "Terry" Rauh, III. He will be deeply missed by his six grandchildren, Cooper, Hunter, Ben, Morgan, Spencer and Jane who enjoyed sharing ice cream and jokes with him. He is also survived by his first wife, Sally Powell Rauh Cohen, as well as his brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Debbie Rauh, and their daughter Olivia and her husband Brady. He will also be sorely missed by dozens of cousins, young and old, who he always enjoyed seeing at family reunions in Capon Springs, W. Va. A remembrance service and celebration of Mike's wonderful life will be held at a later date. Please remember Mike by making a donation in his name to the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20008.
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