Bar Memorials: 2012

 

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF LEHIGH COUNTY

2012 BAR MEMORIALS CEREMONY

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
9:00 O’CLOCK A.M.
COURTROOM 2A
LEHIGH COUNTY COURTHOUSE
ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA 18101

*JOHN R. HUDDERS
*JAMES L. WEIRBACH
*MICHAEL J. EGAN
*RICHARD RAUCH
*ANDREW K. PARKER
*JOHN LOUIS KRAJSA, JR.
*JAY A. SCHERLINE

BEFORE:

HONORABLE CAROL K. MCGINLEY, P.J.
HONORABLE EDWARD D. REIBMAN, J.
HONORABLE WILLIAM E. FORD, J.
HONORABLE ROBERT L. STEINBERG, J.
HONORABLE J. BRIAN JOHNSON, J.
HONORABLE KELLY L. BANACH, J.
HONORABLE JAMES T. ANTHONY, J.
HONORABLE MARIA L. DANTOS, J.
HONORABLE MICHELE A. VARRICCHIO, J.
HONORABLE DOUGLAS G. REICHLEY, J.

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ERIN ALEXANDER, RPR
Official Court Reporter

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1 MR. WARMKESSEL: All rise

2 please.

3 Oyez, Oyez, Oyez, all manner of

4 persons having anything to do before the Honorable

5 Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Lehigh

6 County, here holden this day, let them come forward

7 and they shall be heard. God save the Commonwealth

8 and this Honorable Court. You may be seated.

9 PRESIDENT JUDGE MCGINLEY: Good

10 morning. On behalf of my colleagues on the Court

11 of Common Pleas, I welcome you to this, the annual

12 Lehigh County Bar Association Memorials; a special

13 session of court convened to honor the memories of

14 those members of our Bar Association who passed

15 away during the previous year.

16 The Court recognizes Mr. Robert

17 Knauer, Esquire, the President of the Bar

18 Association of Lehigh County.

19 MR. KNAUER: Thank you, Your

20 Honor. May it please the Court, Honorable Judges

21 of the Court, dignitaries, distinguished guests,

22 friends, colleagues.

23 On behalf of the Bar

24 Association of Lehigh County, welcome to this

25 longstanding and time-honored tradition, our annual

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1 Bar Memorials. This tradition dates back to at

2 least the creation of the Bar Association in 1905,

3 and probably before. And its purpose, of course,

4 is to honor and remember, reflect upon and

5 celebrate the lives and careers of our association

6 members who have passed on. We thank the Court for

7 its commitment to and its encouragement of and

8 participation in this tribute. And I give

9 particular thanks to John Baker who arranges this

10 and spends the hours necessary to attend to the

11 details.

12 Today we gather to honor seven

13 of our members who passed away in this last

14 calendar year. They are in the order of their

15 passing; and those who are here to speak to us on

16 their behalf are as follows:

17 John R. Hudders. And Dolores

18 Laputka is here to speak to us about him.

19 James L. Weirbach. Charles

20 Fonzone is here to speak to us about him.

21 Michael J. Egan. Judith Harris

22 is here for him.

23 Richard Rauch. Peter Perry is

24 here to speak for him.

25 Andrew K. Parker. Linda

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1 Luther-Veno is here.

2 John Louis Krajsa, Jr. For

3 him, Kent Herman will speak.

4 And, finally, Jay A. Scherline.

5 And Melissa Schwartz is here to speak to us about

6 him.

7 Before I ask Dolores to come

8 forward, I’d like to say this: It is unfortunate

9 that we often learn so much about a person for the

10 first time when he or she is being eulogized.

11 Parts of a personalty that we didn’t know about,

12 interesting facts, accomplishments, admirable

13 traits. Learning these things makes us realize

14 that the colleague who has passed on, the ally who

15 has worked with us, the adversary who’s opposed us,

16 the neighbor next door was somebody that we really

17 did not know and, in retrospect, wish we had.

18 So I take from these memorials

19 the reminder that the people in this courtroom,

20 today, are more than I know them to be. And I

21 thank those who’ve left us and those who are here

22 to speak for them for reminding me of that and

23 helping me to appreciate it. Perhaps they’ll help

24 all of us to take each other less for granted.

25 Dolores?

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1 MS. LAPUTKA: Good morning.

2 May it please the Court, Honorable Judges,

3 colleagues, friends and family. Let’s make this

4 day a little brighter than it certainly has started

5 out by remembering seven distinguished colleagues.

6 There was an article in the

7 Wall Street Journal recently reviewing the manner

8 in which a federal district court judge in full

9 robes stood at the podium at an event in front of

10 his colleagues and to the tune of “If I Were a Rich

11 Man” sang:

12 “If lawyers were more civil,

13 dawdle, deedle, deedle, dawdle, dawdle, dawdle,

14 deedle, dum. They’d treat their brethren with more

15 respect. Wouldn’t always yell and object.”

16 Fortunately, I don’t make a

17 living with my voice. And, in the world of

18 lawyering, where it is headed is the subject of

19 another day or perhaps a cocktail conversation.

20 But my partner and mentor, John

21 Raker Hudders, better known as Jack, was part of an

22 era that did just that: treated opposing counsel

23 with the same graciousness and respect they treated

24 partners. While Jack could have been a formidable

25 opponent, advocating a very strong position on

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1 behalf of his clients; but during the proceeding,

2 he would be fair, honest and would shake hands with

3 opposing counsel when everything was over. Talk

4 about the kids, talk about golf, talk about

5 whatever they had in common.

6 As one of Jack’s partners, I’m

7 happy to say he hired me over 20 years ago. And

8 just to show his liberalness; I waddled in seven

9 months pregnant, and he never blinked an eye. He

10 challenged me; he challenged our associates. He

11 edited our work with his famous — or I should say

12 infamous — red pen. At Jack’s memorial service

13 last year, I mentioned how Jack had three

14 biological offspring, but had many, many more

15 professional offspring who he trained with that

16 mighty red pen editing away. Some of you are here

17 today.

18 Jack was a very precise

19 draftsman which was both a blessing and a curse.

20 He drove us crazy with the editing. At the end of

21 the day, though, the final product was well worth

22 the effort; and for an estates and trusts lawyer,

23 it was an essential quality.

24 Those of us who worked and

25 played with Jack were very proud of his

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1 accomplishments beginning with his educational

2 pedigree. Graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy,

3 Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania

4 Law School. He served his country in, what else,

5 the Army Reserves Intelligence Corps, retiring as a

6 captain. He joined his father’s well-known

7 Allentown firm of Butz, Hudders and Tallman, of

8 course working in the field of business and estates

9 and trusts, what else. And he would continue to

10 excel in that the remainder of his life.

11 The Honorable Judge James Knoll

12 Gardner, here with us today, who was a lifelong

13 friend of Jack’s, also spoke at Jack’s memorial

14 service. He specifically referenced how Jack

15 appeared many times in front of him for trust and

16 estate audits and related litigation. And he did

17 that for clients of all walks of life. He remarked

18 how Jack was always prepared, thorough, accurate

19 and persuasive. And for those of you who have been

20 in front of Judge Gardner, that’s quite a

21 compliment.

22 Not unlike some of the other

23 gentlemen being honored today, Jack gave back to

24 his community in several ways. His first love and

25 dedication was to Good Shepherd, being a

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1 lifelong — with his lifelong history. And for

2 those of you who don’t know or aren’t aware, Jack’s

3 grandparents — Jack and Jill Douglass’s

4 grandparents I should say — started Good Shepherd

5 over a hundred years ago. But that wasn’t his only

6 passion. He spent a great deal of time and effort

7 in every capacity of leadership with the Baum

8 School, Counsel to Phoebe-Devitt Home among other

9 non-profits, board positions with the United Way,

10 Boy Scouts, and the list goes on.

11 One of Jack’s proudest

12 accomplishments was his role in working with

13 Leonard Pool, the founder and CEO of Air Products.

14 He helped formulate and assisted in drafting the

15 documents in creating the Pool Trust and the

16 Rider-Pool Trust, which are two of the most

17 significant philanthropic foundations benefitting

18 the Lehigh Valley today, particularly in the field

19 of health care.

20 But, alas, behind every great

21 man, there is a woman. Sylvia Stevenson Hudders

22 was the love of his life. And using those lawyerly

23 persuasive powers, Jack asked her to marry him in

24 1963; a decision she never regretted. They have

25 three terrific children, Bill and Anne are with us

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1 today. Bill, an artist and professor. Tom who

2 couldn’t fly all the way in from Jackson Hole. And

3 Anne who’s a teacher in New Jersey. All of whom

4 have been pillars in Sylvia’s world after Jack was

5 in a terrible auto accident in 1997. Fortunately,

6 Jack lived long enough to enjoy his daughter’s

7 marriage to Bill McDonough; and, ultimately, spent

8 a little bit of time with his granddaughter Sydney.

9 There are many more stories and

10 accolades that I could share with you, but in

11 deference to the families of the other members that

12 are being honored today, I would simply like us to

13 remember that during Jack’s professional life, he

14 continued to raise the bar for lawyers practicing,

15 not only in Lehigh County, but in the Lehigh

16 Valley. Our little corner of the world here in the

17 Lehigh Valley is a far better place for having had

18 the benefit of the kindness and the wisdom of John

19 Raker Hudders to guide us.

20 (Whereupon, the memorial

21 honoring John R. Hudders concluded.)

22 * * *

23 MR. FONZONE: May it please the

24 Court, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of

25 Lehigh County, Federal District Judge Gardner,

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1 retired Judge Brenner, Judge Platt out there, and

2 distinguished officers and members of the Bar

3 Association, honored guests, friends, and,

4 especially, Mrs. Weirbach, Jim’s wife of 61 and a

5 half years, Annabel Good Weirbach. As you will

6 hear, Jim engaged in lasting relationships.

7 His sons Stephen J. of Roswell,

8 Georgia, and Mark A. of Clemente, California, with

9 Jim’s granddaughter, Julie, could not be here. I

10 have been afforded the great honor and privilege of

11 speaking with you this morning about the life and

12 career of Jim Weirbach, a remarkable lawyer.

13 Who was Jim Weirbach? We know

14 he grew up in Coopersburg, the only child of two

15 doting parents. Under their guidance he learned

16 the values of patience, duty and hard work by

17 taking care of the animals on his parents’ farm.

18 Some of his jobs were raising ducklings, building

19 fish ponds, leading horses to cultivate pastures

20 which he described to me as not fun if the beasts

21 would stomp on him.

22 We know he was bright and had a

23 passion for learning. He was the salutatorian in

24 1942 of the newly constructed Coopersburg High

25 School’s first graduating class. Due to his hard

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1 work and diligence, he received a scholarship to

2 Muhlenberg College beginning in September of 1942.

3 We know he was a patriot and he

4 had a deep commitment to ideas in which he

5 believed. Even though he was excited about

6 attending college, World War II was raging and he

7 enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1942.

8 At that time he was promised that he would be able

9 to complete a full college year before he was

10 called into the Service. The needs of the country,

11 however, took precedence, and he was called into

12 active duty two months later in February of 1943.

13 He served three years as a trained weather observer

14 for the Army Air Corps. The data he collected was

15 used by over a hundred weather stations, and,

16 ultimately, by the U.S. Weather Forecast, drawing

17 weather maps for the bombardier training. He was

18 honorably discharged in February of 1946 after

19 advancing to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

20 We know he was determined.

21 After his discharge, he returned to Muhlenberg

22 College, graduated in June of 1949 with a Bachelor

23 of Arts in History and Political Science. His

24 department head, Dr. Swain, knew Jim was interested

25 in law school and liked to direct students to

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1 either Dickinson or the University of Pennsylvania.

2 Jim, however, had other ideas. His father,

3 T. Mahlon Weirbach, an English teacher as well as a

4 gentleman farmer, had graduated from the University

5 of the Michigan. Jim knew it was an excellent

6 school. He was determined to go there, applied and

7 was accepted.

8 Before finishing law school,

9 Jim met Annabel Good in 1948. She was teaching

10 second grade at Mosser Elementary School in

11 Allentown. They married on June 17, 1950, and

12 promptly set out to buy a house trailer in Ann

13 Arbor, Michigan, where they lived for the last two

14 years of Jim’s law school training, receiving his

15 Juris Doctor degree in June of ’52.

16 He passed the Bar and was

17 required to serve a year under a preceptor. A

18 preceptor, for the younger attorneys, was a

19 practicing attorney who — when you went to law

20 school, you had to be registered with a practicing

21 attorney. There was a mandatory six-month

22 clerkship which was six months without compensation

23 and was a necessary qualification for practice

24 before the local court. In addition, at that time

25 a committee of the Bar Association — and you’ll

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1 find this hard to believe today, I guess –

2 interviewed young lawyers to determine their moral

3 and technical fitness for practice in Lehigh

4 County. Jim served his preceptorship under

5 Theodore R. Gardner, Esquire. He was admitted to

6 the Lehigh County Bar in January of 1954. He

7 became the Solicitor for Borough of Coopersburg and

8 practiced law in Judge — later Judge Gardner’s

9 office in the B & B Building which is up at 6th and

10 Hamilton Street.

11 In 1966, he moved to the

12 Commonwealth Building which is across the street,

13 and most of you believe that that’s a four-story

14 building. Well, back in the day, it was a

15 seven-story building; and we had the disastrous

16 fire of 1975 which made it a four-story building.

17 Jim’s office was on the 6th floor, and as a young

18 lawyer, I remember going to his office in 1972. It

19 was a rather small room and there were four desks

20 in the room. One of the desks was for Donald Hoch

21 who happened to be the two-time Mayor of the City

22 of Allentown as well as a lawyer. Bernie Naef had

23 another desk; he was the County Solicitor. And I

24 looked on the plaque, and I think there were three

25 county solicitors at that time. Jack Kaufman, who

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1 was the labor attorney for the City of Allentown;

2 and there were not many attorneys for the City of

3 Allentown at that time. And Mr. Weirbach. His

4 background, his education, his drive, his

5 commitment resulted in him being the Solicitor for

6 the Borough of Coopersburg — I told you he

7 believed in long relationships — for 32 years. He

8 was the Solicitor for the Borough of Alburtis, and

9 they could not even tell me how long he was the

10 Solicitor, the records are so old. He was in the

11 midst of his tenure as the law librarian for Lehigh

12 County. He was also the solicitor for the

13 Coopersburg Municipal Authority, a position he held

14 for 50 years. He was the long-time historian for

15 the Bar Association. And, little known to most

16 people today, and probably to your amazement, he

17 singularly ran the arbitration system in Lehigh

18 County.

19 Contrast, if you will, the

20 influence that four lawyers in the little room

21 across the street had on the County, the City,

22 neighboring municipalities and the Bar Association.

23 Certainly, the area has grown. However, we must

24 not forget the efforts of the Jim Weirbachs who

25 positioned today’s lawyers to meet the demands of

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1 today’s practice.

2 It is impossible to think of

3 the Lehigh County Law Library without thinking of

4 Attorney Weirbach. He took great pride in his

5 service at the Lehigh County Law Library. He was

6 appointed in 1966, and, according, to Judge Robert

7 Young, who is here — and I forgot to mention Judge

8 Young — Jim did a fantastic job in continuing the

9 move of the library, which I suspect most of you

10 don’t remember, from a small anteroom adjacent to

11 Courtroom One in the Old Courthouse across the

12 street to this courthouse. He greatly improved the

13 library’s offerings and size in the continuation of

14 the development of the library to what we have

15 today. He was qualified by the American

16 Association of Law Librarians as a Certified Law

17 Librarian in 1979. Notably in 1980, Lehigh County

18 Law Library was ranked fourth out of 62 county law

19 libraries in Pennsylvania. Judge Coyne, and he is

20 looking down on us back there, some of you may

21 remember him. He wrote to the Honorable Theodore

22 Gardner, Chairman of the Law Library Committee:

23 “We have always considered our

24 law library to be one of the finest of its kind,

25 and it is most satisfying, indeed, to learn that

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1 when measured by independent standards and experts

2 that opinion is corroborated.”

3 This accolade was due in no

4 small part to Jim’s efforts. Every member of this

5 Bar should thank Attorney Jim Weirbach, an

6 accomplished lawyer, a faithful and dedicated

7 family man and a visionary. His efforts

8 contributed mightily to the advancement and

9 development of the legal community in Lehigh

10 County. His skills as a lawyer tend to be

11 overshadowed by dwelling on the many good things he

12 has done for this Bar and this County. Proud to be

13 the Law Librarian, proud that he was in the ground

14 floor of organizing the arbitration system, proud

15 to serve Coopersburg, Alburtis, and various other

16 municipal entities, overlooks the fact that he was

17 a tireless litigant for his clients.

18 For example, a dispute between

19 the Borough of Coopersburg and a neighboring

20 community was only recently resolved. Mr. Weirbach

21 remained involved in that dispute for more than two

22 decades. This was long after his retirement, but

23 he was committed to his beloved Coopersburg. Jim’s

24 clients still remember Jim as a fierce advocate, a

25 kind and thoughtful leader and one who had absolute

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1 dedication to his clients.

2 Outside of the legal community,

3 Jim was President of the Allentown Sertoma Club, a

4 member of Salem United Methodist Church in

5 Allentown, on the Board of Trustees, Pastor Parish

6 Committee and other committees.

7 He was a loyal, faithful,

8 dedicated family man, an accomplished lawyer, and a

9 visionary. His efforts as a family man and lawyer

10 affected many people. Even in his private

11 interests, he affected people.

12 He built a geodesic dome that

13 he had imported from Oregon in his backyard. He

14 winterized and happily grew and experimented with

15 plants for 35 years. It is still present in his

16 backyard. Judge Young was so impressed with Jim’s

17 botanical efforts that he, too, built a greenhouse

18 and enjoys it to this day.

19 Jim was one who quietly made

20 contributions to the greater society, unnoticed,

21 not drawing attention to one’s self, but firmly

22 grounded in the finest principles and attributes of

23 a husband, father and, always professional, lawyer.

24 If you look at the plaque when you come into this

25 building on the right-hand side, you’ll see his

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1 name under the Planning Committee.

2 Jim will be missed by all who

3 knew him and by others who unknowingly benefit from

4 his selfless contributions to the Bar and this

5 community. Every lawyer in Lehigh County has to

6 acknowledge, if truly cognizant of Jim’s efforts

7 and contributions to the Bar, Court and community,

8 that today we are in a better position for Jim’s

9 efforts over his 52-year legal career.

10 Who was Jim Weirbach? One who

11 by his efforts and character has quietly

12 contributed to the Lehigh County legal community

13 and local community. On behalf of both

14 communities, I say thank you Attorney Weirbach.

15 (Whereupon, the memorial

16 honoring James L. Weirbach concluded.)

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18 PRESIDENT JUDGE MCGINLEY: For

19 those of you who are standing in the back, there

20 are some seats in the front row. And you may also

21 sit in the jury box if you would like to have a

22 seat for the remainder of the memorials.

23 MS. HARRIS: May it please the

24 Court of Common Pleas, distinguished other Judges,

25 esteemed colleagues, Susan Kuss Egan and other

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1 valued family members of the deceased.

2 Attorney Michael J. Egan, III,

3 died Friday, January 20th of last year at Phoebe

4 Home in Allentown. He was the husband of Susan

5 Kuss Egan who is here with us this morning. Mike

6 is survived by his son Michael J. Egan, IV, of

7 Naples, Florida and his wife, Elise; daughter

8 Alicia Egan Kelly and her husband Tim of Lititz,

9 Pennsylvania; stepchildren David White of Pompano

10 Beach, Florida; Peter White and his wife Christine

11 of Macungie; Karen Salon and her husband Jonathan

12 of Hingham, Massachusetts; six grandchildren and

13 seven step-grandchildren.

14 Michael attended Central

15 Catholic High School and graduated from Allentown

16 High School. He received a Bachelor of Science

17 Degree in Business Administration from Muhlenberg

18 College. While a student at Muhlenberg, Mike began

19 nearly full-time work for the Call-Chronicle

20 newspapers with intentions of becoming a

21 journalist. After college, Mike served in the U.S.

22 Army from 1957 to 1959, stationed in Germany where

23 he set up Army division newspapers, working for

24 Stars and Stripes and the Army Network, and where

25 he played tennis for the U.S. Army teams.

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1 Mike graduated from Dickinson

2 Law School. He was awarded the Book Award in

3 contract law, and served as vice president of his

4 class and editor of the law school newspaper.

5 From 1962 to ’66, he served as

6 Attorney and Tax Law Specialist in the Individual

7 and Corporate Ruling Divisions in the National

8 Office of the Internal Revenue Service in

9 Washington, D.C. Subsequently, he joined the

10 Easton Attorney Norman Peil, also a former IRS

11 attorney, to establish the law firm of Peil &

12 Egan, P.C., with offices in Allentown, Easton and,

13 later, Bethlehem. The firm’s former Allentown

14 office is now part of the site of the Allentown

15 Arts Park and the Michael J. Egan Walkway which

16 connects the Arts Park to the Baum School of Art.

17 It was my pleasure to work with

18 Michael Egan for the first time in 1992 when I

19 called to ask his opinion regarding an unusual tax

20 and estate planning issue. I had heard other

21 lawyers and accountants speak of his expertise and

22 approachability in complicated estate and tax

23 matters. A year or two later, Norm Peil and Mike

24 Egan lost their younger partner and my friend,

25 former IRS Attorney Bob Horne, to a fatal illness.

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1 Ready to reenter the world of private law firm

2 practice, I approached Norm and Mike about joining

3 them as an associate and was thrilled to do so a

4 few months later.

5 Mike was an excellent mentor:

6 approachable, wise, skilled in his field of tax,

7 estates, trusts and corporations. He was more than

8 even-tempered: a good judge of people, and generous

9 with his time and expertise.

10 I was surprised by the

11 magnitude and kinds of tax controversies he

12 handled. He obviously loved the intellectual and

13 mathematical components that the practice of tax

14 law offered, but he loved working with people too.

15 Mike prided himself on never having lost a fraud

16 case. He handled some very big tax cases, and did

17 so steadily and methodically, quietly assessing the

18 relative strengths and weaknesses of the case

19 before achieving an impressive resolution.

20 Mike was a perfect complement

21 to his partner Norm Peil, who was quiet, extremely

22 focused, fast-moving and intense. Together, they

23 were a formidable team of tax advisors who saw eye

24 to eye without exception on substantive matters and

25 had enormous respect for each other.

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1 Mike and his wife, Susan, were

2 a splendid couple and a team who always seemed so

3 happy in each other’s company. Over the years, I

4 was fortunate to partake in Mike and Susan’s

5 hospitality, enjoying many summer evenings outside

6 their lovely home and garden near Lehigh Country

7 Club in the company of close friends. Mike’s

8 health challenges increased, and Susan was, as

9 ever, a hard-working, cheerful, devoted and

10 extremely able, active companion. It was obvious

11 that Mike adored her and was enormously grateful

12 for all of the ways in which Susan had changed and

13 enhanced his life.

14 When I moved my practice to

15 Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino in 2000, Mike was at

16 once understanding and gracious. It was a

17 difficult decision given what terrific mentors I

18 had had and what a great friend Mike had become.

19 So I was delighted when my new partners at Tallman

20 Hudders agreed to extend Mike an invitation to move

21 his practice to our firm when Peil & Egan

22 dissolved. It was a fine association for all of us

23 and it allowed Mike to recalibrate his practice,

24 particularly as he experienced some health issues

25 and spent fewer days at the office and more days

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1 working from home.

2 If I had to identify Mike’s

3 qualities which I would most like to emulate, they

4 would be:

5 1. Intellectual curiosity.

6 This is a quality that has no substitute. At the

7 end of the busiest work day, Mike would gather up

8 an interesting new book or periodical to read that

9 evening and liked to discuss it with us at his next

10 opportunity.

11 2. Outlook. Mike believed he

12 was the luckiest person he knew. He often pointed

13 out people who seemed to have a black cloud over

14 their heads, hoping that their circumstances would

15 improve. I’ve often wondered whether Mike

16 succeeded in fending off his many medical issues he

17 faced later in life for so long because of his

18 positive view of life and people.

19 3. Kindness. It’s easy to be

20 kind in a vacuum, when the world is wagging your

21 way. Mike was good at being kind to people when it

22 was not necessarily easy or popular.

23 4. Calorie restriction. Mike

24 loved the idea of food and the concept of a meal.

25 He would describe in detail the dinner Susan was

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1 preparing that evening or a meal he had enjoyed at

2 a local restaurant with her the day before. He was

3 a proud member of the Chain des Rotisseurs — an

4 international gastronomic society — and often

5 showed us their event menus which included

6 wonderful courses and selected wines. In reality,

7 however, he ate very little, often pushing the food

8 around on his plate. It was easy to see how he

9 maintained his svelte frame for his entire life.

10 5. Humanity. Simply put, Mike

11 had no ego.

12 And, finally:

13 6. Love for family. The well

14 of love and pride — although I suspect it was

15 sometimes a very quiet love and pride — which he

16 had for Susan, his children, Alicia and Michael,

17 Susan’s children, and their grandchildren was deep

18 and enormous and constant.

19 How grateful we all should be

20 to have had the gift of Attorney Michael Egan.

21 (Whereupon, the memorial

22 honoring Michael J. Egan concluded.)

23 * * *

24 MR. PERRY: May it please the

25 Court, President Judge McGinley, the Honorable

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1 Judges of the Court, retired Judges, distinguished

2 guests, family and friends of Richard H. Rauch, and

3 my colleagues.

4 Richard H. Rauch was born on

5 October 20, 1916, in Noxon, Wyoming County,

6 Pennsylvania. He attended Noxon High School,

7 Muhlenberg College, and he graduated from Temple

8 Law School in 1939.

9 Dick married Beatrice Stimmel

10 on August 4th of 1943 in Trexlertown. They have a

11 daughter, Rebecca, and two grandchildren, Eric and

12 Carin. Beatrice died December 8, 2011; and Dick

13 died March 2, 2012, at the age of 95.

14 For those of you that are old

15 enough to remember Judge James F. Henninger; Jim

16 was the uncle to Dick. Dick belonged to many civic

17 organizations. The Masons, the Lower Lehigh Lions,

18 Alburtis and Macungie Fire Companies, and the

19 Shriners.

20 He was a sole practitioner, and

21 he limited his practice to estate planning, estate

22 administration, real estate and business matters.

23 In May of 1941, the Governor

24 appointed Dick as Associate Legal Advisor to

25 Registrants for the local draft board #4 in

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1 Allentown under the Selective Service and Training

2 Act of 1940.

3 He enjoyed hunting, fishing and

4 trapping at his mountain cabin in Wyoming County,

5 Pennsylvania. He and his wife Beatrice did some

6 traveling, including a photography safari to

7 Africa. He enjoyed photography as a hobby, and he

8 enjoyed woodworking and furniture refinishing.

9 He had a keen sense of humor.

10 He was generous to a fault. He would give anyone

11 anything he could. I knew Dick for 50 years. From

12 1960 to 1990, I knew him as a fellow lawyer.

13 Although he retired from active practice in 1990 at

14 the age of 72, I continued to know him as a friend

15 and a client.

16 While he was actively

17 practicing, I enjoyed working with him. He was

18 always prepared, humble, dignified, kind, generous

19 and compassionate. He also was understanding and

20 sharing with his legal knowledge.

21 I learned a lot from his

22 example and I will miss him greatly. Thank you.

23 (Whereupon, the memorial

24 honoring Richard Rauch concluded.)

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1 MS. LUTHER-VENO: May it please

2 the Court, President Judge McGinley, Honorable

3 Judges, Judge Brenner, Judge Gardner, distinguished

4 guests and family, Mrs. Parker and family, and

5 colleagues.

6 I met Andrew Parker in 1997

7 when I was a new attorney and had decided to launch

8 a solo practice. I needed to find an attorney who

9 would share office expenses, and, hopefully, share

10 some of his wisdom in the legal profession.

11 Boy, did Andrew Parker fill the

12 bill. Andy, as he was known to his friends and

13 colleagues, had worked a lot of places and done a

14 lot of things. He had worked on civil cases and

15 criminal cases. He’d been a solo practitioner, a

16 partner, a prosecutor, a city attorney, a corporate

17 attorney, a justice of the peace, and an attorney

18 with the state of Pennsylvania. He’d worked for

19 the FBI. He’d worked in Pennsylvania, in Utah, in

20 Nebraska. He even ran for a seat in Congress. He

21 had a thousand war stories and a thousand of them

22 were interesting. Andy always had a love of

23 justice and was always passionate about righting

24 wrongs. Constitutional law was the love of his

25 legal life.

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1 Andy was a native of Sunbury,

2 Pennsylvania. He served his country honorably as

3 an Army Air Corpsman during World War II. He

4 earned his undergraduate degree at Bucknell

5 University and his law degree from Georgetown

6 University.

7 Andy was tireless. He

8 continued in private practice even when many other

9 attorneys would have retired. He returned to

10 Sunbury from Allentown in recent years and

11 continued his passionate representation of clients

12 for as long as his health permitted him.

13 Andy had a quick wit and was an

14 interesting individual outside of his legal work.

15 He was a history buff who one time told me he had

16 evidence that the Scottish side of his family had a

17 valid land claim dating back to the 1700s in

18 Conshohocken. He said he tried to pursue this one

19 time, but it went nowhere. He told me, only half

20 joking, that he actually had a claim to the entire

21 community of Conshohocken. I said, “Good luck with

22 that, Andy,” but I had no doubt that if anyone

23 could doggedly pursue this, he could, if only he

24 had more time.

25 Among his career highlights was

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1 the case of Moyer v. Phillips. He had taken this

2 case to the state supreme court and changed state

3 law relating to certain survival actions. You

4 could look it up, as he’d often tell me.

5 Andy loved and was immensely

6 proud of his family: his wife Linda and four

7 children, Andrea Decker, Jessica Viva, Meredith

8 Parker-Shea and Matthew Parker. And everyone could

9 tell that the children were also proud of their

10 dad. Andy was also a grandpa to four grandsons

11 that he loved, Jeffrey, Chase, Tighe and Roman.

12 I remember one summer several

13 years ago when Andy and Linda’s son Matt was

14 playing in a rock band. The group was fairly

15 successful regionally, nationally, and Andy was

16 very proud of the band’s accomplishments. Andy

17 invited my husband and me to a summer festival in

18 Coplay to see the band, Aztek Trip, perform locally

19 one evening. We got to the park and were

20 immediately lost. We found the polka band. “This

21 couldn’t be it, could it?” “No. Keep walking,”

22 people told us. “Up the hill.”

23 So we went up the hill to where

24 the raucous and pretty loud alternative band was

25 playing. That must be it. We knew we were in the

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1 right place when we found Andy, a huge smile on his

2 face, tapping his foot to the music, and blending

3 right in with the young crowd. The evening was

4 exuberant and wonderful; and, of all the people in

5 attendance, I think Andy enjoyed it most of all.

6 He was there with his family having a great time.

7 Andy may have been the oldest person there, but he

8 was younger at heart than many others.

9 When we shared that office on

10 Walbert Avenue, I was constantly amazed at how much

11 stuff — how many files and documents — a lawyer

12 could accumulate. Andy had a ton of stuff and a

13 ton of documents; but he could always find

14 absolutely anything he needed to find. One item he

15 moved into his office was a huge safe that he used

16 for wills; it seemed to weigh a ton. It was the

17 kind of safe one would see in old Westerns during a

18 bank scene. Somehow Andy had acquired this safe

19 along the way. He moved it before, and I always

20 marvelled at his perseverance in moving it again.

21 When it came time for us to leave that office, he

22 doubted he could take it. I know he hated to part

23 with that huge old safe. I never found out if he

24 found anyone to move it. It may still be there,

25 and I hope someone else found as good a use for it

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1 as Andy did.

2 A quotation attributed to

3 Abraham Lincoln goes, “I am an optimist because I

4 don’t see the point in being anything else.”

5 Andrew Parker was an optimist of the best kind:

6 always trying to do the best for his clients,

7 believing in their cases, taking a case to the

8 highest level if need be. He was excited to take

9 on each new case and truly loved what he did for a

10 living. He loved his family and was loved by them.

11 I’m glad to have known Andrew

12 Parker. The world was a better place for Andrew

13 Parker having lived in it.

14 (Whereupon, the memorial

15 honoring Andrew K. Parker concluded.)

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17 MR. HERMAN: May it please the

18 Court, honored guests, my colleagues, JoEllen,

19 Judy, John and Mary.

20 It is with great sadness that I

21 stand in front of you to honor the life of my

22 contemporary and friend John Krajsa. John died

23 suddenly on November 9, 2012, while celebrating his

24 30th wedding anniversary in the Dominican Republic

25 with his beautiful and loving wife, JoEllen Kennedy

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1 Krajsa.

2 It’s hard not to dwell on the

3 loss of a good husband, father, grandfather,

4 friend, businessman and important member of our

5 community; but let’s celebrate John’s life and

6 remember all of the remarkable things he

7 accomplished and how wonderful his life was.

8 John’s life was an example of

9 the fulfillment of the American success story.

10 Over a hundred years ago, John’s grandparents

11 emigrated to Allentown. His grandparents

12 eventually opened a grocery store. In this

13 business, John’s grandfather at times extended

14 credit to his customers. This planted the seed for

15 the Krajsas’ lending business that has continued to

16 this day. His grandparents thrived and sent all

17 three of their children to college, including

18 John’s father. John’s father and mother then

19 started a lending business in Allentown, AFC First

20 Financial Corporation, extending credit to

21 consumers who at the time did not have any other

22 access to credit. This set the stage for John’s

23 career.

24 John was a graduate of Central

25 Catholic High School. He then went to Villanova

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1 University where he was a member of the Villanova

2 Singers and Alpha Phi Omega, a national service

3 fraternity. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from

4 Georgetown Law School, and later received an LLM in

5 Taxation from Temple University Law School.

6 After law school, John served

7 as an attorney for the United States Department of

8 Agriculture in Washington, D.C. In this position

9 he helped create the rural industrial loan program.

10 John served our country as a Captain in the United

11 States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War.

12 He eventually returned to

13 Allentown where he practiced pension and tax law

14 before he joined the family business on a full-time

15 basis. He was named Chairman of the business in

16 1991. At the time of his death, John was President

17 of AFC Reverse Mortgage which he founded in 2004.

18 He was one of only 50 certified reverse mortgage

19 professionals in the nation.

20 Throughout his career, John was

21 active in our community. He was a member of the

22 Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the

23 Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation. He

24 was President of the St. Thomas More Society, a

25 diocesan organization of Catholic lawyers, judges

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1 and political leaders. He was a member of the

2 Finance and Golf Committees of the Greater Lehigh

3 Valley Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of the

4 Allentown Area Hospital Authority, past Chairman of

5 the Lehigh County Industrial Development Authority,

6 past Chairman of the Cedar Crest College Board of

7 Associates, past member of the Lehigh Valley

8 Planning Commission, past Chairman of the Banking

9 and Securities and Law Committees of the

10 Pennsylvania Financial Services Association, and a

11 past member of the Law Committee of the American

12 Financial Services Association. He taught Business

13 Law at Penn State University. He was a Rotarian

14 and actively involved in the student exchange

15 program. John was an active parishioner in St.

16 Thomas More, involved as a volunteer in a variety

17 of ways, and a member of the Men of St. Thomas

18 service organization. He was a volunteer for Meals

19 on Wheels.

20 John met his wife JoEllen when

21 she came to Allentown to attend Cedar Crest

22 College. John’s parents lived near Cedar Crest and

23 frequently opened their home to Cedar Crest

24 students. JoEllen was one of those students.

25 John and JoEllen raised three

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1 wonderful children. Their daughter, Judith, wife

2 of Paul Cannon. Judith and Paul are parents to

3 John and JoEllen’s beloved grandson, Owen. Their

4 son, John III is a student at Drexel University

5 School of Law. And their daughter, Mary, a student

6 at Elizabethtown College.

7 It is sad that John’s life

8 ended so soon. He was a bright, energetic and

9 positive person. I have the sense that he would

10 not want us to be sad, but to remember all the

11 great moments we shared.

12 John was in every respect a

13 gentleman. We all will miss him and never forget

14 him.

15 (Whereupon, the memorial

16 honoring John Louis Krajsa, Jr., concluded.)

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18 MS. SCHWARTZ: May it please

19 the Court, President Judge McGinley, honorable

20 Judges, distinguished guests, family, friends and

21 colleagues of Jay Scherline.

22 Anyone who knew Jay realized

23 that he was a very special person. His exuberance

24 and desire to help those in need was unmatched.

25 When someone would ask him, “How are you,” he would

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1 often reply, “I never had a better day.” He

2 enjoyed being an attorney and that came through to

3 anybody who had contact with him. He was

4 energetic, funny, and clients loved him.

5 I first met Jay in around 1980

6 when I was deciding whether to attend law school.

7 Jay and I were from the same hometown in New

8 Jersey. He almost always let clients in on that,

9 as he often introduced me as his sister or he would

10 tell them I went to high school with his brother.

11 One statement was obviously untrue, although

12 probably 25 percent of the clients would ask me,

13 “Are you really his sister?” And the latter

14 statement was, in fact, accurate; Jay’s brother and

15 I were in the same high school class.

16 So as a junior attending

17 Muhlenberg College, I was deciding if I was going

18 to venture into the job market or delay the real

19 world challenges and continue on to law school. My

20 mother suggested, “Why don’t you go see Jay

21 Scherline and see if he has some advice for you?”

22 Jay at the time had an office on a first floor

23 walk-up above the Italian deli and Wood Lane

24 Pharmacy on Throckmorton Lane in Old Bridge, New

25 Jersey. I remember a very small office covered in

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1 wood paneling with very few furnishings and a desk.

2 I cannot recall the details of the conversation,

3 but it must have impressed me enough that I

4 enrolled in law school.

5 Fast forward some 18 years

6 later, when, by happenstance, our paths crossed

7 again. My husband took a job in Allentown, and I

8 found myself having to look for a new position. I

9 called Jay at the office after I sat for the PA

10 Bar. It was somewhat of an unusual conversation

11 because we were talking, and then the next minute I

12 remember thinking, “Who is he talking to? Is he

13 talking to me?” Unbeknownst to me at the time, Jay

14 was the king of multitasking before multitasking

15 was in vogue. He was talking to me while talking

16 to his secretary, checking his e-mail and handling

17 another call all at the same time.

18 He invited me to his home to

19 break the fast on Yom Kippur even though he really

20 didn’t know me. But that was the essence of Jay.

21 He did everything he could to make you feel welcome

22 and comfortable, notwithstanding where you were

23 from, what language you spoke, or what

24 socioeconomic background you came from. He would

25 often try to make clients feel more comfortable by

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1 speaking their native language. He would tell

2 Spanish speaking clients that it was “necessario in

3 Nueve New York in the Bronx to habla Espanol,” and

4 although he wasn’t fluent, they understood him and

5 felt comfortable dealing with him.

6 Jay and I would often go

7 together to survey the scene of an accident. I

8 would always drive because Jay’s reputation for not

9 keeping his eyes on the road preceded him. He was

10 always a well-connected guy, electronically that

11 is. A cell phone, a Blackberry, a navigation

12 system in the car, and the inevitable phone calls

13 and text messages while we were on the road. When

14 we arrived on scene, we always took photographs,

15 or, should I say, Jay always took photographs of

16 the entire area. It was not unusual for him to

17 straddle the double yellow line of a four-lane

18 road, squatting as if he was sitting in a vehicle

19 while I kept a lookout, yelling to him, “Jay, look

20 out, a car is coming.” “Jay, watch out.” He would

21 always stand there just a little too long and made

22 me very nervous. All I needed was a headline:

23 “Prominent Personal Injury Attorney Struck by

24 Vehicle While Investigating a Case.” He was a

25 little too daring for me. Tractor trailer trucks

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1 would be whizzing by and he would be walking along

2 the side of road, and the entire time I was saying,

3 “Let’s get out of here Jay, we have enough.” But

4 Jay had to be satisfied that he got every angle and

5 every viewpoint so that we could go back to the

6 office to consider whether we had some type of

7 roadway issue. It shows the high level of

8 commitment Jay had, to put his own life in harm’s

9 way to best represent his client’s interest. We

10 will continue his legacy with that same level of

11 commitment to represent clients at Scherline &

12 Associates.

13 Sometimes the trips were quite

14 a distance away to accident scenes or client’s

15 houses when they were unable to get to the office.

16 During these trips, Jay and I would talk and talk

17 and talk. Rarely was there ever silence in the

18 car. We talked about the office. We talked about

19 cases. We talked about his boys Justin and Lyell.

20 He was so proud of them, what they had been able to

21 accomplish. Justin getting his real estate license

22 and trying to make it in New York; and Lyell

23 becoming fluent in Spanish and getting his MBA in

24 Argentina presented entirely in Spanish.

25 Anyone who knew Jay well knew

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1 that timeliness was not his strong suit. We would

2 be scheduled to go to a client or go to a scene of

3 an accident, and we were always late. He always

4 wanted to do one last thing before we left the

5 office, whether it would be answering e-mails or

6 dictating on correspondence that came in on a file;

7 both of which still would have been there when we

8 got back, but he had to get it done now. Jay’s

9 secretary would yell out, “Watch your time, boss,”

10 and Jay would respond, “Okay, just another minute.”

11 And this would go on two or three more times. But

12 Jay always wanted to get it done for the client

13 now. He was not one for letting things sit.

14 Jay’s focus on the office and

15 his clients was enviable. He wanted to make sure

16 that every client was happy. When they came into

17 the office they were received with a warm greeting,

18 a big smile and bigger sense of humor. The clients

19 related to him as someone who was knowledgeable in

20 the law, passionate and funny. They always left

21 the office feeling as if: “He is going to take

22 care of me and he is my friend.”

23 Jay’s pro bono work,

24 philanthropic causes and community service efforts

25 are too numerous to mention here. He has been

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1 extolled by every major charity in the Lehigh

2 Valley for not only his monetary donations, but his

3 actual work for so many causes. But one of the

4 many awards he received does deserve mentioning.

5 Of all the awards, he was most proud of the Legal

6 Eagle Award he received in 2001. Anyone who came

7 to the office could see this award proudly and

8 prominently displayed, and Jay was quick to point

9 it out to everyone. It was such an honor to Jay

10 and his family when the Bar Association

11 posthumously awarded the 2012 Legal Eagle Award to

12 Jay. He would have been so proud yet again to

13 receive such a great honor.

14 Although he was involved in so

15 many endeavors, the love of his family was

16 unyielding. Lorrie worked side by side with Jay at

17 Scherline & Associates and supported him in every

18 endeavor. You often saw them together, shoulder to

19 shoulder at the many philanthropic and charitable

20 events. We will never hear him buzz down to Lorrie

21 and say, “What’s up, doll?” or “Have you heard from

22 the boys?” but we know that Jay’s warmhearted and

23 generous deeds will live on forever.

24 (Whereupon, the memorial

25 honoring Jay A. Scherline concluded.)

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2 MR. KNAUER: To all our

3 speakers, thank you very much for helping us

4 appreciate more deeply our colleagues. Family

5 members who are here today and those who were not

6 able to be here, thank you for participating in our

7 tradition. And to our audience of friends and

8 colleagues, thank you for being here.

9 Finally, I’d like to mention

10 that you’re invited in the hallway immediately

11 adjacent to the courtroom for refreshments.

12 President Judge McGinley.

13 Thank you.

14 PRESIDENT JUDGE MCGINLEY:

15 Thank you, Mr. Knauer. Each member of the Court

16 has treasured memories of those memorialized today.

17 And we have spoken of them often in our Judge’s

18 meetings and when we encounter each other; because

19 this year, unfortunately, we did lose many lions of

20 the Bar Association.

21 The Court wants to express our

22 appreciation to the Bar Association for continuing

23 this tradition. To John Baker, Esquire, the

24 Chairman of the Committee for his hard work and

25 making this and previous Bar Memorials a success.

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1 To the speakers who have

2 memorialized our departed colleagues; they have

3 helped continue a great tradition and allowed us to

4 share in the lives of our departed members, and to

5 learn or to be reminded of some of the qualities we

6 wish to emulate. Our heart is full of gratitude

7 for their lives and for the commitment to the

8 principles of justice, and the Court is gratified

9 by the attendance of all who came today to

10 remember.

11 The official court reporter is

12 directed to transcribe the notes and testimony and

13 to make a digital copy of the Memorial available to

14 the Bar Association of Lehigh County. This was

15 done for the first time in 2002, and the Bar

16 Association publishes these transcripts on its home

17 page at www.lehighbar.org. Anyone interested in a

18 copy will be able to read, print or download it

19 from that site.

20 We are also gratified today to

21 see our former colleagues here with us or other

22 judges. Senior Judge Platt, who is assigned to the

23 Superior Court, Senior Judge Brenner, Federal Judge

24 Gardner, Federal Magistrate Perkin, and retired

25 Judge Young.

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2 ceremony. When we do so, it will be out of respect

3 for our departed colleagues and in honor of the

4 profession of law and its honorable traditions in

5 Lehigh County.

6 Mr. Warmkessel, you may

7 adjourn.

8 MR. WARMKESSEL: All rise

9 please. This memorial session is adjourned.

10 (Whereupon, the memorial

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CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that the proceedings are

contained fully and accurately in the notes taken

by me of the above cause, and that this is a

correct transcript of the same.
Date ERIN ALEXANDER, RPR

JUDGE’S CERTIFICATION

The foregoing record of the proceedings in

the within matter is directed to be filed.
Date CAROL K. MCGINLEY, P.J.