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Donald Robert Harter, American lawyer.


Harter, Donald Robert was born on November 17, 1917 in Moravia, New York, United States. Son of Ralph Amenzo and Mabel B. (Hull) Harter.


Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Hobart College, 1939, Doctor of Laws, 1976. Juris Doctor with distinction, Cornell Univercity, 1942.


Admitted to New York bar, 1942. Associate firm Wiser, Shaw, Freeman, Ickes & Williams and predecessor, Rochester, 1942-1950, member firm, 1950-1965. Senior partner Wiser, Shaw, Freeman, VanGraafeiland, Harter & Secrest, 1965-1975.

Senior partner Harter, Secrest and Emery, 1975-1980. Director H. L. Baughman, Inc., H. L. Baughman Equipment Corporation, Inc., H. L. Baughman Transit-Mix Corporation, Inc., Rochester. Commissioner, New York Commission to Revise Laws of Estates.

1963-1964. President Penfield High School Parent Teacher Association, 1963-1964. Board directors Otetiana council Boy Scouts American, 1963-1970, Doctor Ebsary Charitable Foundation, F.G. Ebsary Inc. President, board directors Estate Planning Council Rochester, 1966.


Member finance committee Monroe County Republican Party, since 1950. Board of directors Rochester Maternal and Adoption Service, 1958-1965, Rochester Orthoptic Center. Member corporation Rochester Community Chest.

Served to First lieutenant Army of the United States, 1943-1946. Fellow American College Probate Counsel. Member American, New York, Monroe County bar associations, American Bar Foundation, American Judicature Society, Hobart College Alumni Association (president), Order of Coif, Phi Phi Delta Alumni Association Beta Kappa.

Clubs: Kent, Oak Hill Country, Webhanet Country, Genesee Valley (president 1972-1973) (Rochester). Managing editor Cornell Law Quarterly, 1941-1942.


Married Ruth Marion Ashdown, September 6, 1941. Children: Ralph M., Peter, Geoffrey, J., Laurie Susan.

Ralph Amenzo Harter

Mabel B. (Hull) Harter

Ruth Marion Ashdown

Geoffrey Harter

Peter Harter

Ralph M. Harter

J. Harter

Laurie Susan Harter