James G. Hollis Sr., 93, a title lawyer who practiced nearly 50 years in the Washington area and retired a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, died Oct. 13 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was a Silver Spring resident.

The cause of death was septicemia, said his son James Hollis Jr.

From 1986 until his retirement in 2000, Mr. Hollis was a partner in what became the Rockville law firm Clogg, Hollis & Moffett. Earlier, he was a partner in the now-defunct Bethesda firm Meatyard, Carlin, Hollis & Foster, where he helped manage the title law office of the now-closed Betts, Clogg & Murdock in Montgomery Village.

James George Hollis was born in London and raised in Bethesda, graduating from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1939. He was a 1948 graduate of American University and a 1951 graduate of George Washington University’s law school.

During World War II, Mr. Hollis served in the Army Air Forces and commanded search-and-rescue units in Canada. He returned to active duty in the Army during the Korean War. He retired from the Army Reserve in 1988.

He was past president of the Bethesda Civitan Club, a community organization, and former post commander of the American Legion’s Thad Dulin Post in Montgomery County. In retirement, he provided pro-bono legal services to friends and family.

His wife of 66 years, Adrienne Eilbacher Hollis, died in March. A grandson, James Hollis III, died in 2000.

Survivors include four children, James Hollis Jr. of Hollywood, Md., Cecile Doolan of Callaway, Md., and William Hollis and John Hollis, both of Rockville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

— Megan McDonough