Richard (Rick) Lidinsky, Jr.

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November 21, 2022

Dear Subscriber,


Unfortunately I have some sad news to report.  Richard (Rick) Lidinsky Jr., a former Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman and former Maryland Port Administration (MPA) executive, passed away on November 17.  Some of you may remember Rick’s time here in the Port of Baltimore.  In 1975, Rick began his MPA career as counsel and also director of tariffs and national port affairs.  Rick represented the Port through both regional and national port organizations and he was directly involved with helping to develop the Panama Canal Treaty Implementing Legislation and the Shipping Act of 1984.  He also helped negotiate one of the first U.S.-China trade agreements for the Port of Baltimore. 

Prior to joining the MPA, Rick began his legal career in the FMC’s Office of General Counsel from 1973 through 1975 after serving as a congressional aide for the U.S. House of Representatives.  In 1985, Rick began a long career with Sea Containers Ltd., where he established their Washington, DC office and worked as vice president for governmental affairs.  While there, he served on many maritime-related associations and boards.   In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Rick as the 18th chairman of the FMC and he served in that role until 2013.  Rick was a Baltimore native and graduated from Calvert Hall College High School before attending American University and receiving his law degree from the University of Maryland.

I served on the FMC with Rick.  He was great person and a true gentleman.  He was always looking out for the little guy, labor, truckers and demanded inclusion of American shippers and BCO’s in every discussion and decision.  We kept in close touch over the years during his retirement and he always kept his finger on the pulse of the industry.  During retirement, I really enjoyed walking with him to lunch at Johnny’s Restaurant in the Roland Park section of Baltimore.  We’re going to miss him.   

Visitation for Rick will be at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home located at 6500 York Road on Friday, November 25th from 3 pm until 8 pm.  A funeral mass will be offered on Saturday, November 26th at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles Street.  We offer our deepest condolences to his family and thank Rick for his many contributions to the MPA, the Port of Baltimore, and our maritime industry. 


William P. Doyle