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Herbert Keyser Zearfoss

Herbert Keyser Zearfoss was American lawyer. Bar: Pennsylvania 1959, United States District Court (middle district) Pennsylvania 1959, United States District Court (eastern district) Pennsylvania 1975, United States Supreme Court 1975. Decorated officer Order of Orange-Nassau (Netherlands); recipient Silver Beaver award Boy Scouts American, 1989.


Zearfoss, Herbert Keyser was born on October 13, 1929 in Montandon, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Dean Wilson and Susan Lesher (Keyser) Zearfoss.


AB, Bucknell University, 1951. Postgraduate, Yale University, 1953. Juris Doctor, American University, 1958.


Zearfoss served in the Naval Reserve from 1954 through 1958, and earned his J.D. from American University in 1958. The couple had three children. Timothy, Jonathan and Sarah.

Zearfoss was admitted to the bar and opened a law office in Lewisburg in 1959. He later joined Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company in Philadelphia, where he served as Assistant Counsel from 1960 through 1967. Zearfoss was also a Justice of the Peace in Radnor Township from 1966 through 1967, later served as an officer in the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania from 1967 through 1968.

He became the first person to represent the newly created 167th district of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives upon his election in 1968. He retired from the legislature following the 1977-78 session, and was succeeded by fellow Republican John Alden. Following his departure from the legislature, Zearfoss returned to Fidelity Mutual.

He served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the company until 1982. He later joined Provident Indemnity Life Insurance, where he served as Senior Vice President, Secretary, and General Counsel until 1991. After leaving Provident in 1991, he served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at Teleflex, Inc, until his retirement in 2001.

In addition, he served as the President at the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Zearfoss' first wife, Thelma, died in 1984. Zearfoss died in 2008.


Member Pennsylvania General Assembly from 167th district, 1968-1978. Justice of Peace, Radnor Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, 1966-1967. Vice president Valley Forge council Boy Scouts American, 1982-1986.

Treasurer Netherlands-American Amity Trust, Inc., 1981-1986. Treasurer Civil War Museum, Philadelphia, 2003-2008. Board directors American Revolution Patriots Fund, 2002-2006.

Member American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Association Life Insurance Counsel, Netherlands Society Philadelphia (president 1979-1983), Sons of the American Revolution (president Philadelphia Continental chapter 1986-1987), Colonial Society Pennsylvania (governor 1988-1991), Delaware Society Cincinnati (president 1996-1999), Society Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth Pennsylvania (governor 2004-2007), Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (counsel 1987-1991, president 1995-2008), Society War 1812 (president general 1996-1999), Military Order Loyal Legion United States (Commander, Pennsylvania Commander 1999-2001, judge advisory-in-chief 2001-2005), Sovereign Military Order Temple Jerusalem (grand officer), Priory of Philadelphia (prior 1994-1998), Yale Club Philadelphia, Philadelphia Club, Penn Club, Merion Cricket Club, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Alpha Theta, Tau Kappa Alpha, Pi Sigma Alpha.


Married Thelma Mary McCarthy, December 19, 1953 (deceased 1984). Children: Timothy McCarthy, Jonathan Andrew, Sarah Creighton. Married Suzanne VanderVeer, November 14, 1992.