Angus Stanley King, 82, a retired U.S. magistrate for the Eastern District of Virginia and a past president of the Alexandria Bar Association, died June 29 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.
From 1943 to 1969, Mr. King served as U.S. commissioner for the Eastern District of Virginia. In 1969, the magistrates system was instituted for the federal judicial system in Virginia, replacing the commissioners. He served as a magistrate for two years before retiring in 1971.
Magistrate courts were established to helped clear federal dockets for speedy trials for serious cases. The magistrates tried misdemeanors, offenses punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of $1,000 that would otherwise have been heard by federal district courts.
Mr. King was born in Richmond and moved to the Washington area at an early age. He was a graduate of Alexandria High School, the College of William & Mary and George Washington University's law school. Before becoming a commissioner, he practiced law in Alexandria for more than a decade and had been a referee in bankruptcy for the United States Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
He was a past chairman of the Alexandria Committee for Public Schools, past president of the Alexandria Rotary Club and charter member of the Alexandria Little Theater. Mr. King had served as both a junior and senior warden and member of the vestry at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include his wife, the former Ellen Ticer of Alexandria; a son, Angus Stanley Jr. of Brunswick, Maine; a daughter, Ellen Neff of Canfield, Ohio; a brother, Donald S., of Hartfield, Va., and three grandchildren.