Maplewood high school jazzman and alumnus dies at 94
MILLBURN, NJ – Stephen N. Maskaleris – a prominent lawyer, World War II veteran and musician who performed with the Air Force Replacement Band after the death of legendary trombonist Glenn Miller – died in Short Hills on December 9 in his house, surrounded by his loving family.
Maskaleris was 94 and beloved husband of 67 to Corinne Pappas Maskaleris. Born in 1927, he was the son of Greek immigrants – Nicholas and Kalliope Maskaleris.
While he was well known for working on high profile legal cases – including the defense of an accused Russian spy – Maskaleris was also known for his musical talent.
After the death in 1944 of American trombonist Glenn Miller in a plane crash in the English Channel, Maskaleris played bass and tuba in the United States Air Force Replacement Band in Washington DC.
He continued to perform in his later years, appearing often in New York nightclubs accompanying his daughter Sue Maskaleris who is also a jazz musician. Most recently he has performed at the Millburn Free Public Library.
As a bassist, Maskaleris appeared alongside many famous bands throughout his life, including The Clooney Sisters, Sammy Kaye, Bobby Bryne, and Tommy Tucker.
Maskaleris was a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, Seton Hall University and Rutgers Law School, where he won the Law Week Award in his senior year.
During his 61 years of active legal practice, âMaskaleris has trained a multitude of innovative legal companies and services,â according to his obituary.
This included serving as the Managing Delegate of the New Jersey and American Bar Associations, founding the ABA’s Senior Legal Division and Junior Legal Division, as well as serving with distinction as a member of the Representation Project of ABA’s death penalty for over 20 years.
He was committed to saving his clients and all human beings from the death penalty, and none of his clients have ever been sentenced to death.
Maskaleris was also a member of the New York Bar Association and in 1962 was instrumental in forming the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender.
One of the many high-profile cases Maskaleris worked on was the defense of accused Russian spy John William Butenko in a federal case brought by the Justice Department.
In addition to practicing law, Maskaleris has taught continuing legal education courses through the NJ State Bar Association.
According to the obituary, “his law firm, Maskaleris & Associates of Newark, Morristown and Florham Park, represented plaintiffs injured by medical malpractice, as well as liability for product failure.”
Additionally, Maskaleris was an active member of his alumni class at Columbia High School in Maplewood.
He is survived by his wife Corinne, daughters Susan and Carol, husband Frank Alston Ball and grandchildren Frank Alston Ball, Jr. and Madeline Corinne Ball. His younger brother Constantine Maskaleris died before him.
Those who wish to honor Maskaleris can make contributions to the Ila Foundation – a non-profit organization that supports his two passions: legal defense and appeals for the underrepresented, as well as organizations dedicated to musicianship and well-being. to be young.
Her family will hold a private service for her life. Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home at 2122 Millburn Ave.
To read the full obituary, click here.