Douglas L. Worthing, 78, a lawyer who specialized in estate planning, probate and business law, died July 29 at Montgomery Hospice’s Casey House in Rockville. He had a rare form of pancreatic cancer. 

Mr. Worthing spent much of his early career working for corporations, including Welch Foods and United Refining as their general counsel. He settled in the Washington area in the early 1980s and had been in private practice in Rockville since 1986.

Douglas Lee Worthing was a native of Fond du Lac, Wis., a 1955 graduate of Yale University and a 1959 graduate of Harvard Law School. He served in the Army in the late 1950s.

He was a Rockville resident and, since 1984, he had been a member of the City of Rockville Sign Review Board. He was the board’s chairman until shortly before his death.

He played tennis and lawn bowling.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Miriam Basek Worthing of Rockville; three daughters, Karen Worthing of Short Hills, N.J., Ellen Worthing of Baltimore and Audrey Broderick of Pequannock, N.J.; a sister, Carolyn Worthing of Charlotte; and 10 grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein