John Bernard Tieder, Jr.
John Bernard Tieder, Jr.
  • May 8, 1946 - December 3, 2017
  • Annapolis, Maryland

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John (Jack) Bernard Tieder, Jr., May 8,1946 - December 3, 2017

Jack Tieder, 71, of Annapolis, MD, passed away on Sunday, December 3rd following a years-long battle with multiple myeloma.

Born in Albany, NY, to John and Doris Lasher Tieder, Jack grew up in the town of Rhinebeck, NY. He attended area schools and went to high school at Millbrook School, graduating in 1964. Jack attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, where he majored in history and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He graduated in 1968. Jack entered Syracuse School of Law in September 1968, but went on active duty in the New York Army Reserve in June 1969. Upon completion of active duty, he returned to the Washington, DC area in November 1969, finishing his legal education at the Washington College of Law (American University), graduating in 1972. After law school Jack worked briefly as an attorney for the General Services Administration before joining the law firm of Lewis, Mitchell, Bixler and Moore in Vienna, VA. In 1978, he was a founding partner of Watt, Tieder, Killian and Toole, later becoming Watt, Tieder, Hoffar, and Fitzgerald, an international government contracts/construction law firm based in the Washington D.C. area. He specialized in representing parties engaged in large construction projects around the world. During his career, he became a member of many legal organizations including the American College of Construction Lawyers, the International Bar Association, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Academy of Construction Lawyers, and more.

He committed himself to sharing his expertise in construction and government contract law with fellow attorneys and law students. He served as a visiting lecturer in Government Contracts at William & Mary Law School, an Adjunct Professor teaching International Commercial Arbitration at Antonin Scalia Law School, where he also coached the law school's Moot Arbitration team. In his later years, he volunteered time every year teaching international law in many Eastern Bloc countries through the Center for International Legal Studies.

Jack is survived by his loving wife Ruth (Rufus), his son John (Jay), his wife Erin and grandson Saxon (Portland, OR), his son Nicholas (Nick), his wife Suzanne and granddaughter Vienna (Franklin TN), his former wife Claire Tieder (Charlottesville, VA), his brother Sheldon Tieder (Rhinebeck, NY), his sister Rae Tieder Rudat (Saratoga Springs, NY), his stepchildren Rob Toomey, his wife Courtney and their children Will and Julian (Denver, CO), Grant Toomey (Annapolis, MD), Brooke Toomey and her children Lelia and Sedona (Annapolis, MD), and Jill Toomey Niederstadt, her husband Jeremy and their children Paxton and Camden (Orinda, CA), as well as a large extended family and many close friends and esteemed associates around the world.

A giant in the field of international law, he will be remembered as a man who loved life, travel, beer, fly-fishing, sports, reading, running, and, most of all, family.

Donations in Jack's memory may be made to benefit the multiple myeloma research of Dr. Ivan Borrello at Johns Hopkins University Hospital online at In the appropriate sections, please indicate that this donation is in memory of Mr. Jack Tieder to benefit the multiple myeloma research of Dr. Ivan Borrello. You may also make your donation by mail. Please make a check payable to the Johns Hopkins University and on the memo line of the check or in an attached note indicate that this donation is in memory of Mr. Jack Tieder to benefit the multiple myeloma research of Dr. Ivan Borrello. Please mail checks to: Kimmel Cancer Center Development Office, 750 East Pratt Street, Suite 1700, Baltimore, MD 21202.