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Lawyer , mediator , arbitrator , finance educator

Edward B. Shils, American finance educator, lawyer, arbitrator, mediator. Bar: Pennsylvania 1988, United States District Court (eastern district) Pennsylvania 1988. Named Edward B. Shils professorship in his honor, University Pennsylvania Law School, 1991, Edward B. and Shirley R. Shils Term Professorship in his honor, 2001; recipient Alumni award of Merit, University Pennsylvania, 2001.


Shils, Edward B. was born on May 29, 1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Benjamin and Dinah (Berkowitz) Shils.


Bachelor of Science in Economics, University Pennsylvania, 1936. Master of Arts in Political Science, University Pennsylvania, 1937. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1940.

Juris Doctor, University Pennsylvania, 1986. Master of Laws, University Pennsylvania, 1990. Doctor of Juridical Science, University Pennsylvania, 1997.

Doctor of Laws (honorary), Philadelphia University, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Tel-Aviv University, 1990.


Research associate FELS Institute Local and State Government University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1937—1938, member faculty Wharton School, 1956—2004, associate chairman management department, 1960—1963, professor management, chairman mgmt department, 1968—1976, George W. Taylor professor emeritus entrepreneurial studies, 1979—2004, professor emeritus political science, 1985—2004, director, founder Wharton Entrepreneurial Center, 1973—1986, director Wharton Entrepreneurial Center, 1973—1986, director emeritus, 1986—2004, judicial administrator, 1986—1990. Research associate Pennsylvania Economy League, 1938—1942. Consultant job classification and wage administration Philadelphia City Council, 1942—1943.

Chief coordination and planning VA, 1947—1948. Director public education survey Greater Philadelphia Movement, 1950—1951. Senior department head United States Wage Stabilization Board, 1951.

Methods consultant Budget Office Governor Pennsylvania, 1951—1955. Consultant, director Dental Dealers American, Inc., 1952—2002, director emeritus, consultant, 2003—2004. Consultant Philadelphia County Medical Society, 1955—1956.

Chairman social science department Community College, Temple University, Philadelphia, graduate lecturer public administration, 1948—1956. Private practice law, 1988—2004. Of counsel Sarner and Associates.

Distinguished professor entrepreneurial studies Tel Aviv University, 1991—1995. Attorney, consultant Office Philadelphia District Attorney, 2001—2004. President consultant Philadelphia Board Public Education, 1946—1975, consultant teacher salary schedules, 1948—1950, consultant labor relations, 1951—1968.

Consultant director Knitted Outerwear Manufacturers Association Pennsylvania, 1952—2004, Fashion Apparel Manufacturers Pennsylvania, 1952—2004. Director study to create Philadelphia Community College, 1956, St. Louis Junior College Systems, 1960. Consultant Philadelphia Psychiatry Center, 1971—1976, American Board Internal Medicine, 1973—1977, Girard College, 1974, Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Canada, 1977—1980.

Consultant economic Philadelphia New Convention Center, 1988—1990. Management advisor Philadelphia District Attorney, 1992—1993. Director, chairman audit committee Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., 1983—2004.

Consultant economics Philadelphia Professional Sports Consortium, 1983—1989, professional sports, Washington, 1986—1987. Officer Signal Corps United States Army, 1943-1946.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1988, United States District Court (eastern district) Pennsylvania 1988.


Chairman board directors, honorary president Pathway School, Jeffersonville, Pennsylvania, 1970—1984. President Philadelphians for Good Government, 1991—1993, honorary president, 1992—1995. Vice president Federation Jewish Agencies Philadelphia, 1976—1984, Life Trust Federation Jewish Agencies, 1990—2004.

Life trustee, honorary chairman trustee committee education Philadelphia University. Trustee Dental School University Pennsylvania, 2001. Member of American Dental Association (honorary Edward B. Shils Educational Entrepreneurial Fund named in his honor 2003), Jewish Publications Society of America (president 1978-1981, honorary president 1982—2004), Green Valley Country Club (Plymouth, Pennsylvania), Faculty Club University Pennsylvania (president 1966-1969, 1987-1992, board governors 1993—2004), Shriners, Masons (32 degree), Union League Pennsylvania (president Wishbone Club 2003-2004).


Married Shirley Siegle, July 31, 1942. Children: Ronnie Lois, Nancy Ellen, Edward Barry.

Benjamin Shils

Dinah (Berkowitz) Shils

Shirley Siegle

Ronnie Lois Shils

Nancy Ellen Shils

Edward Barry Shils