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ROBERT M. LANDIS Lí47, former chairman of Dechert Price & Rhoads in Philadelphia, died in January.

A major legal figure and civic leader, Mr. Landis served as deputy city solicitor of Philadelphia, chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. In the 1980s, he served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Landis served in the Army in Europe during World War II, interrupting his education at Penn Law School. He returned after the war and became editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Landis later served on the Board of Overseers and received the James Wilson Award from the Law School.

He spent nearly 50 years with Dechert Price & Rhoads (now known as Dechert), rising to partner and chairman. After his retirement he remained counsel to the firm.

Landis also loved books. He served on the boards of the University of Pennsylvania Press and Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., and was a consultant on Houghton’s American Heritage Dictionary as well as a respected reviewer of legal literature for the former Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

Deeply involved in Philadelphia’s civic life, Landis was also director of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, president of the Fellowship Commission of Philadelphia, and chairman of the Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania.

His wife of 50 years died in 1996. He is survived by his sons Christopher and Geoffrey; a sister; a grandson; and his beloved friend, Cordelia Clement.

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