Max Paglin, 85, a telecommunications lawyer and former administrative law judge with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, died June 8 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of complications after strokes.
Since the early 1980s, Mr. Paglin had been executive director of the Golden Jubilee Commission on Telecommunications, a privately funded, nonprofit body organized to document the social and legal progress of electronic communications in the United States.
The commission is producing a written "Legislative History of the Communications Act" and an oral history of the cable television industry.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Paglin had practiced private communications law with the firms of Grove, Paglin, Jaskiewicz and Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
He was born in New York. He graduated from City College of New York and received a law degree at Columbia University.
In 1941, he moved to Washington and began his federal career with the Federal jCommunications Commission. He was general counsel of the FCC in the Kennedy administration and executive director of the agency in the Johnson administration.
Mr. Paglin retired from federal service in 1977 as an administrative law judge with the NRC.
The Federal Communications Bar Association has established a foundation for its national telecommunications law moot court competition in Mr. Paglin's name.
He was a member of the Cosmos Club.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Sally K. Paglin of Washington; a son, David Paglin of Silver Spring; and a sister. A son, Eric T. Paglin, died in 1967.