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In Memoriam

Augustus S. Ballard, Sr., C’44, L’48, of Philadelphia died on February 9. Mr. Ballard practiced corporate law with Pepper Hamilton for 47 years, and served as chair of the firm from 1972 to 1984 and co-chair from 1984 to 1986. He retired as an active partner in 1989 and served as counsel through 1995. He was involved in a high-profile case in the 1940s, when he was co-counsel in the defense of Harry Gold, a Philadelphia chemist who passed secrets to convicted spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Gold was sentenced to 30 years in prison, but Mr. Ballard continued to work tirelessly for his release, which he secured in 1966. He also served as president of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania from 1964 to 1967. Mr. Ballard was an avid reader, lifelong sailor and a master bridge player. He is survived by his wife, Anne; four children, Augustus, Arthur, Wainwright and Peggy; and four grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.

John Bishop VI, L’36, of Gladwyne, Pa., died on June 27. His son Robert said that although Mr. Bishop was an excellent lawyer, he was a dairy farmer at heart. Mr. Bishop practiced with Dechert LLP in Philadelphia from 1936 until his retirement in 1976. He led the fiduciary department for many years and once served as managing partner. As a farmer, he was one of the most respected herdsmen of Jersey cows in the country. He lived at Ogston, the family’s 1000-acre dairy farm in Burlington County where he learned dairy farming from his father. A director of the American Jersey Cattle Association from 1970 to 1978, he was named a master breeder by the association in 1979. The National Dairy Shrine honored him in 1987 as its distinguished cattle breeder. After retiring from law, he worked full time on the farm, which has been in the family since 1796. The herd and half of the farm were sold in his later years, as it became increasingly difficult to make a profit. Mr. Bishop was predeceased by his wife, Daisy; his son, John; and his sister, Alice. He is survived by four children, eleven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Richard R. Block, L’62, of Philadelphia died on March 17. Mr. Block was a partner at Meltzer and Schiffrin and then with Beitch & Block, where he specialized in family law. In 1990, he left private practice to serve as the director of community relations for the District Attorney’s Office. Quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer, his son Jeffrey said that Mr. Block “was proud of his accomplishments as an assistant district attorney and for being appointed by Gov. Rendell to the Worker’s Compensation Appeal Board.” In addition, the governor appointed him the legal profession’s representative on the Pennsylvania Commission on Child Support, and the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed Mr. Block to the Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee. He also served as an arbitrator in the state bar’s Lawyer Dispute Resolution program. Along with his distinguished legal career, he enjoyed politics and ran for U.S. Congress and for Common Pleas Court Judge. Mr. Block then served as election-day chairman to re-elect Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and was campaign chairman for Joan Specter in her successful re-election bid to Philadelphia City Council. Throughout his life, he was involved in many civic causes, including serving on the board of directors of Jewish Family Service and as a vice president of American Jewish Congress. Described as having a zest for life by family and friends, Mr. Block was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies and horse racing. He was a fixture at the Bean on South Street, always drove a convertible, and remained a huge fan of cutting-edge live music. Mr. Block is survived by his son, Jeffrey; daughter-in-law, Kristin; and dearest friend, Rose.

The Honorable James E. Buckingham, L’48, of Brattleboro, Vt., died on May 13. Mr. Buckingham was a retired judge who had served on the York County (Penna.) Court of Common Pleas. He spent 35 years on the bench. Judge Buckingham served in the Army during World War II and Korea. After working as an attorney until 1961, Judge Buckingham was elected judge. One of his notable cases occurred in 1981 when the anti-war Berrigan brothers and the Plowshare Eight came before him for resentencing. Judge Buckingham dismissed their sentence after listening to the defendants convictions about the dangers of nuclear weapons. The judge was an avid golfer, a humorous storyteller, and a devoted reader of Agatha Christie mysteries. Surviving include his wife of 66 years, Nancy; sister, Mary Buckingham Shoemaker of York, Penna.; daughters Lois Trezise of Northfield, Mass., and Jane Buckingham of Brattleboro, Vt.; grandchildren Tully Watson of San Diego, and Gavin Watso, Julian Trezise and Cara Tresize, all of Brattleboro.

William Eastburn, L’59, of Doylestown, Pa., died on March 7. A distinguished trial lawyer, Mr. Eastburn was also renowned for his humanitarian and philanthropic activities. His personal mantra, “Take a negative and turn it into a positive,” was evident in all his endeavors. Mr. Eastburn’s legal career began at Eastburn and Gray, where he established a pattern of delving into a new field, expanding the client base and mentoring younger attorneys to carry on the work. His concern for the well-being of others manifested at a young age; as a lifeguard at 25, he saved the lives of four people during a hurricane in 1958. Some years later, as the drug culture of the 1960s seeped into Bucks County, Mr. Eastburn witnessed drug addiction destroying the lives of youth in his hometown. He channeled his concern into the creation of a rehabilitation program for teens in 1970, which evolved into TODAY, a program which has helped more than 20,000 youth to date. Later in the 1990s, while attending a Catholic ceremony in Rome, Mr. Eastburn met a Native American bishop who told him that 17 Navajo men had perished the previous winter because of a lack of blankets. Moved by the tragedy, Mr. Eastburn and his wife founded Americans for Native Americans, which works to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. Another organization was created in the aftermath of a personal tragedy. The mentally unstable daughter of a colleague shot Mr. Eastburn in the parking lot of his Doylestown office, narrowly missing his heart. After recovering, Mr. Eastburn founded Voice of Reason, an organization committed to reducing gun violence. He also served as chairman on two Bucks County violence prevention commissions. Distressed by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Eastburn founded the Bucks-Mont Katrina Relief fund, a coalition of agencies who have raised and invested more than two million dollars to rebuild two severely damaged towns in Mississippi. He envisioned the project as a model for healthy and vibrant communities across the states to come together and rebuild hurting communities. At Penn Law, Mr. Eastburn chaired the five year reunion committee twice. Mr. Eastburn is survived by his wife, Connie; daughters, Page, Holly and Brooke; sons, William and Christopher; his mother, Nancy; a sister, Gail; and 12 grandchildren.

Stanley E. Gever, W’47, L’49, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on February 2. Mr. Gever practiced civil and criminal law for more than 50 years, until his retirement in 2006. He was also an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. He was the deputy sheriff for Philadelphia from 1972 to 1976. During World War II, he served in U.S. Naval Intelligence, including at Pearl Harbor.

M. Stuart Goldin, C’43, L’49, PAR’76, of Philadelphia, Pa., and San Diego, Ca., died on March 26. His colleagues at Cozen O’Connor described him as a formidable advocate in the courtroom. Mr. Goldin, a World War II veteran, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After earning his J.D., Mr. Goldin went into practice with his father, with whom he wrote numerous articles on the law, including a foundational textbook, Law of Insurance in Pennsylvania. Mr. Goldin was then a partner with Isenberg, Goldin and Blumberg in Philadelphia, until the firm merged with Cozen O’Connor in 1984. In 1987, Mr. Goldin headed west with a Cozen O’Connor partner to open the firm’s San Diego office. Upon retiring 12 years later, Mr. Goldin took up a former passion, the flute, which he had studied as a teenager with William Kincaid, a Philadelphia Orchestra flautist. Mr. Goldin was a one-time member of Temple Shalom in Broomall, and enjoyed classical music, opera and theater. He is survived by his wife, Pearl; a son, Owen; daughters, Cynthia and Nancy; a sister; and seven grandchildren.

Robert I. Goldman, L’51, of Cape Elizabeth, Me., died on July 30, 2007. He was an attorney for the Maine State Labor Relations Board for 10 years, until his retirement in the 1980s. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army.

The Hon. Martin L. Haines, L’43, of Moorestown, N.J., died on April 27. Mr. Haines was a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. Joseph Pinto, president of the county bar association, described Mr. Haines as a “fearless attorney and fearless judge” in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Considered a champion of the disenfranchised, he said in an oral history, that it was his duty as a jurist to speak out against wrongs. In 1966, he challenged the practice of assigning lawyers to defend destitute clients without pay, which he said denied the poor effective legal representation. His arguments prompted the legislature to create the state Office of the Public Defender. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Haines served as a Navy lieutenant and survived the sinking of two ships. After graduating from Penn Law, he worked alongside his father and then started his own practice with two partners. Mr. Haines served 12 years as a Superior Court judge, including eight years in the top judicial post as an assignment judge. In those years, he published 164 decisions on a wide range of issues, especially civil rights. Mr. Haines was a strong proponent of mediation, and set the court on a course of developing alternate means of resolving cases. He played a central role in establishing a child-custody mediation program and an early-settlement divorce program. Upon retiring, Mr. Haines focused on writing, contributing to various legal publications and writing columns for the Burlington County Times. He is survived by his wife, Berne; four stepchildren, Robin, Barry, Kim and Janice; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Leonard Helfenstein, W’32, L’35, of Silver Spring, Md., died on June 13. Mr. Helfenstein spent more than 35 years in government service. After graduating from Penn Law, he was appointed a Gowen Memorial Research Fellow at the Law School from 1935 to 1937. Following that, he worked as a law clerk to the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and to a judge of the Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia from 1937 to 1940. In 1943, he joined the staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as an attorney-advisor, and became the director of its Office of Opinions and Review in 1951. He held that position until retirement in 1973. Mr. Helfenstein is survived by his wife, Martha; his daughters, Carolyn and Myrna; grand-children, Amy, Julia and Paul; and great-grandchildren, Sophie, Kate and Jake.

William T. Marsh, L’59, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died on April 1, 2007. He was the first vice president and general counsel of Sprang & Company of Butler, Pa., a position he held for 30 years, until retiring in 1998. An active member of the community, he was a Little League coach, Indian Guides leader and Scoutmaster, Borough Council of Fox Chapel Borough and president of his Bonita Bay Homeowners Association. His two most notable service projects include serving as pro bono general and trial counsel for the medical staff of Butler Community Hospital System as part of an effort to redirect the system and better serve the community; and establishing Foxwall EMS, which after 30 years still provides paramedic and emergency medical services to the Boroughs of Fox County and Aspinwall. Mr. Marsh is survived by his wife, Mary; three children, William, Margaret and Robert; and a sister, Barbara.

George McClelland, C’39, L’46, of Seminole, Fla., died on February 16. Mr. McClelland practiced trust law in Princeton, N.J., until he retired in 1982. Known as “Bry,” he served in the U.S. Army Air Force, Eighth Air Force, 96th Bomb Group, during World War II. He is survived by his daughter and two grandchildren.

James Monteith, L’61, of Mount Airy, Pa., died on April 27. A respected lawyer, he was also a civic leader, environmentalist, and sportsman. Mr. Monteith began his career at Thornton, Gibbon & Monteith, before moving on to become a partner at Dilworth Paxson, where he specialized in trusts and estates. Fly fishing and baseball were his favorite pastimes, and he coached his daughter’s Little League baseball team. He was also a past president of Trout Unlimited and the Philadelphia Anglers Club, and a member of the Henryville Flyfishers. His concern for streams made him a passionate environmentalist, and during his last years, his wife said he was on a personal campaign to eliminate plastic water bottles. Mr. Monteith served as chairman of the development committee of the board of directors of Germantown Hospital for more than 20 years, and oversaw a major reconstruction project in 1981. Other civic involvements included serving on the boards of Family Service of Philadelphia and West Mount Airy Neighbors. He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Anne; grandson, Samuel; sister, Ann; nieces Mary and Grace; nephews Edward and William; and their children and grandchildren.

Martin B. Pitkow, W’56, L’59, of Philadelphia, Pa., died on May 27. He is survived by his sons, Martin, Daniel and James. Richard A. Sandman, C’84, L’02, of New York, NY., died on April 30. Mr. Sandman was an immigration lawyer and a Penn Law Sparer Public Interest Fellow. His strong commitment to social justice was evident in his work as a community organizer and peace educator, as a social worker, and as a legal intern for the Human Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. and the Federal Trade Commission in New York. After graduating from Penn Law, Mr. Sandman worked in New York City for Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Hellman as a litigation associate. He then returned to public interest in 2004 as a staff attorney for El Centro Hispano-Americano, providing immigrant legal services to Latino low-income families. In 2005, Mr. Sandman opened up his own immigration law practice in New York City and Plainfield, N.J. He is survived by his father and mother, The Rev. J. Robert Sandman and Olgha Sandman; and his siblings, Robert, Linda and Rodney.

Murray L. Schwartz, WG’47, L’49 of Pacific Palisades, Calif., died on February 15. A distinguished criminal law and legal ethics scholar, his work has shaped the teaching of professional responsibility in law schools around the country. Mr. Schwartz began his career as a chemist and served as a commanding officer of a submarine chaser in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After attending Wharton and Penn Law, he clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Fred M. Vinson. He later served in the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General from 1952 to 1954 and then practiced law until he began teaching at UCLA in 1958. He had an illustrious career as a faculty member — he won UCLA ’s Ritter Award for Excellence in Teaching — prior to serving as dean of the UCLA School of Law from 1969 to 1975. He retired from UCLA in 1991. Penn Law awarded him the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr. Schwartz is survived by his wife, Audrey; children, Deborah, Jonathan and Daniel; and five grandchildren.

David F. Sexton, L’72, of Greenwich Conn., died on September 26, 2007. He was a prominent New York investment banker. Mr. Sexton started his career at Sullivan & Cromwell, before moving on to First Boston Corp. There, he eventually became head of Asian investment banking, and served as managing director and president of First Boston International. He also supervised First Boston’s global “yankee bond” business, leading issues for Japanese, European and Australia/ New Zealand sovereign borrowers. In 1990, Mr. Sexton joined Yamaichi International, Inc. as a senior executive vice president and director. He would later become its vice chairman. At the time of his death, he was serving as global alliance representative for North America of IBS Securities Co., Ltd., a Tokyo-based investment bank, and as senior advisor to Milbank Roy & Co. in New York. Mr. Sexton was also a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the National Association of Japan-America Societies in Washington, D.C. As an adjunct professor at Fordham University Law School, he taught securities and investment banking law. During 1966 to 1969 he served as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and rose to the rank of lieutenant. He enjoyed sailing and upland bird hunting. Mr. Sexton is survived by his wife, three children, a brother and a grandson.

The Hon. Albert R. Subers, W’51, L’54, PAR’79, of Lower Gwynedd, Pa., died on May 27. Mr. Subers was a civil trial lawyer for 25 years. From 1970 to 1983, he served as the city solicitor of Upper Gwynedd and authority solicitor of Lower Salford Township Authority, North Penn Water Authority, and Upper Gwynedd-Towamencin Authority. From 1983 to 1999, he served as a judge on the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, and then as a senior judge to the end of 2005. After retiring from the bench, he continued to serve as a civil settlement master with the Montgomery County Court. Mr. Subers, active in his community, belonged to several organizations including the Church of the Messiah Vestry, the Philadelphia Cricket Club Board of Governors, the Desmond J. McTighe Chapter of the American Inns Court and the Society of the War of 1812. He is survived by his wife, Emmaneta; daughters, Ruth, Emily, Janet, Elizabeth and Julie; nine grandchildren; a sister, Mary; and two stepsons.

Robert, “Chip ” Vincent, Jr., L’70, originally from Dedham, Ma.,died on October 11, 2007. Mr. Vincent was embarked upon a career in law when he joined an excavation of the 300 B.C. Greek shipwreck off Kyrenia, Cyprus, during his first summer in school. When a Cypriot torpedo boat accidentally hit and swamped the excavation barge, his expertise in international sea law won the dig a settlement from the Cyprus government. After practicing for six months in Massachusetts, he decided that the law, which he described as “a jealous mistress that covets your every waking hour,” was not for him. He stayed in Cyprus for seven field seasons with the preservation team that helped reassemble the Kyrenia ship’s hull. There he met his British Kenyan-born bride Frances Beckford Bevan. They married during turbulent times in the aftermath of the Cyprus/Turkish 1974 war. For seven years, he produced extraordinary photography in Afghanistan’s Baluchistan region during seasonal surveys with the Smithsonian before Russia invaded. In what the locals call the “desert of death and hell” he discovered a Zoroastrian fire temple, which now bears his name: “Quala Vincent”. He went on to participate in more than 30 other field seasons in England, Israel, Kenya, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, southern Cyprus, Gythion and Kommos in Greece. In another 7-year campaign Mr. Vincent worked with an international team to set up the infrastructure for the coastal province of Musandum for the Sultanate of Oman. During that time he established an ethnographic museum, and promoted and wrote a chapter for the publication of a seminal book on the architecture, history and ethnology of the region. In 1988 Mr. Vincent returned to underwater archaeology as the executive director and then president of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M. For five years he oversaw projects in the Caribbean, Kenya and Turkey. In 1994 the drive for another challenge led him to accept his last great project. For 14 years as project director and cultural heritage manager for the American Research Center in Egypt, he fundraised and administered U.S. cultural funds to preserve and conserve historical monuments and sites in Egypt. With Cairo as his base, he directed more than 50 different preservation projects ranging from pre-Pharonic monuments to 18th century Cairo neighborhoods, along with training programs in conservation and conservation laboratories. In his last months, he finished editing “Preserving Egypt’s Cultural Heritage,” which described these achievements. Mr. Vincent described his own work as a combination of being a choreographer who kept a myriad of elements in motion, a traffic cop who sometimes merely confirmed the flow and a cheerleader who provided encouragement for everyone. Knowing that he might not survive his one and a halfyear struggle with leukemia, Mr. Vincent wrote in a summary of his life how grateful he was to live overseas “on the edge where adventure was just a four-wheel-drive away.” He is survived by wife Fran and daughters Susannah and Sarah.

Robert H. Yaroschuk, W’52, L’58 of Doylestown, Pa., died on February 24. An entrepreneur and an attorney, Mr. Yaroschuk maintained an independent law practice since his graduation in 1958. He swam competitively for the Philadelphia YMCA in his youth and was a member of the swim team at Penn. During the Korean War, he served in an Army infantry division in Korea. Until 2004, he sold arts and antiques through shops in Lambertville and Frenchtown, N.J. Mr. Yaroschuk is survived by his wife, Patricia; four children, a sister, and nine grandchildren.