Albert H. Grenadier, 58, an Alexandria Circuit Court judge and past president of the Alexandria Bar Association who had practiced law in Alexandria for 27 years before he was elected to the bench in 1979, died of cancer March 29 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
Judge Grenadier was elected to a seat on the Alexandria Circuit Court in 1979 by the Virginia General Assembly after one of its most bitter and devisive judicial elections. He had been opposed for the judgeship by James M. Thomson, an Alexandria lawyer and former state delegate.
Among the major trials over which Judge Grenadier presided was the 1984 murder trial of George Alec Robinson, 26, an unemployed sanitation worker convicted of the stabbing deaths of Elizabeth Elliott, 68, a wealthy Old Town real estate dealer, and her companion, Karl Von Lewinski. Judge Grenadier sentenced Robinson to four consecutive life terms.
Judge Grenadier was a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He also was a past board member and general counsel of the Providence Savings and Loan Association in Vienna.
Judge Grenadier was born in Washington and grew up in Alexandria where he graduated from George Washington High School. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific. After the war, he graduated from George Washington University and its law school.
He began his practice in general law in 1951. He later became a partner in the old Alexandria law firm of Fagelson, Schoenberger, Billowitz and Grenadier. In 1960, he was appointed a chancery commissioner in the Alexandria Circuit Court and also served as a temporary judge in divorce matters.
Judge Grenadier was a Mason and a member of the Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, the American Legion and the Westwood Country Club in Vienna.
His marriage to Shirley Grenadier ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Ilona Ely Grenadier, and five children by his first marriage, Karen, Robin, Andrea, David and Brian, all of Alexandria; two stepchildren, Adam and Erika Freedman, also of Alexandria; his mother, Sonia Grenadier of Miami, and a sister, Ruth Subitzky of Reston.