(New York Times) Leonard J. Kerpelman, a Baltimore lawyer and gadfly who successfully argued a landmark Supreme Court case in 1963 that led to a ban on state-supported prayer in public schools, died on Sept. 26 in Baltimore. He was 88.

The cause was complications of a tumor, his son Jason Kerpelman said.

The son of atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair shares his journey from despair to everlasting love — thanks to God’s grace — in “My Life Without God.”

Mr. Kerpelman, who once proudly referred to himself as “a pariah to the Establishment,” blended a legal career with a commitment to causes, including historical preservation, environmental activism, government transparency and the rights of divorced fathers.

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