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Joseph Downs Priory

Joseph Downs Priory, American lawyer, newspaper executive. Bar: Pennsylvania 1969, New Jersey 1991.


  • Priory, Joseph Downs was born on July 7, 1944 in Trenton, New Jersey, United States. Son of Joseph A. and Leona (Downs) Priory.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts in Government, Georgetown University, 1966. Juris Doctor, Villanova University, 1969.


    • Associate Curtin & Heefner, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1969-1972. Partner Stockham & Priory, 1972-1975. Counsel, director labor relations Dow Jones & Company Inc., Princeton, New Jersey, 1975-1982.

      Vice president labor relations Philadelphia Newspapers, Inc., 1982-1984, vice president legal affairs, 1984-1990. Counsel Dechert Price & Rhoads, since 1990.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Pennsylvania 1969, New Jersey 1991.


    Chairman ethical standards board Lower Makefield, Township, Pennsylvania, 1978-1986, committeeman, 1978-1982. Member Center Philadelphia Development Corporation. Member American Bar Association, Philadelphia Bar Association, Bucks County Estate Planning Council (president 1975-1976), New Jersey Press Association, Bedens Brook (secretary since 1987).



    Avocations: tennis; golf. Jogging; skiing; landscaping.


    • Married Sheila A. McNeil, July 26, 1969. Children– Jennifer Kerney, Colleen Barra, Sheila Downs.
    • father: Joseph A. Priory
    • mother: Leona (Downs) Priory
    • spouse: Sheila A. McNeil
    • children: Jennifer Kerney Priory
    • Colleen Barra Priory
    • Sheila Downs Priory
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    Born July 7, 1944
    (age 73)