Raymond F. Garrity, 83, a corporation and tax lawyer here for 57 years who was active in civic, fraternal and professional organizations, died of congestive heart failure Thursday at his home in At. Leonard, Md.

Mr. Garrity began practicing law here in 1922 after graduating from Georgetown University's law school. He was the senior partner in the Washington law firm of Garrity, Stanford, Ferguson and Reed.

A native of Pittston, Pa., he was a second lieutenant in the Army Sanitary Corps during World War I.

Mr. Garrity lived in Washington until moving to St. Leonard about 30 years ago.

He received a number of awards and honors in recognition of his civic and professional contributions. He served as president, general counsel and as a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Police Boys Club and was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis Foundation of Washington.

He was active in the American and D.C. Bar associations and served as executive director of the D.C. Bar Association in 1970 and 1971.

His other memberships included the Metropolitan Board of Trade, the Army and Navy Club, the Oldest Inhabitants of D.C., the John Carroll Society and the Burning Tree, Chesapeake and Columbia country clubs.

Survivors include his wife, the former Claire Lohsey, of the home; three daughters, Martha Clare Ferguson, Anne G. Baker, and Geraldine, all of Washington, 12 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Kiwanis Foundation of D.C.