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labor arbitrator , Lawyer , Producer

Howard Mercer Fitch, American lawyer, labor arbitrator, travelogue exhibitor and producer. Bar: Kentucky 1942, Illinois 1954, United States Patent Office 1943; registered professional engineer, Kentucky.


Fitch, Howard Mercer was born on December 23, 1909 in Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States. Son of J. Howard and Kate Orvis (Girdler) Fitch.


Biomedical Engineering, University Kentucky, 1930. Master of Science, University Kentucky, 1936. Mechanical Engineering, University Kentucky, 1939.

Juris Doctor magna cum laude, University Louisville, 1942.


Engineer, Western Electric Company, Kearney, New Jersey, 1930-1932;joined, American Air Filter Company Inc., 1936;served as sales engineer, production manager, manager legal and patent department, assistant to executive vice president, American Air Filter Company Inc., 1950-1953;manager Herman Nelson division, American Air Filter Company Inc., 1953-1958;vice president, American Air Filter Company Inc., 1954-1972;director operations, American Air Filter Company Inc., 1958-1963;practice law, Louisville, since 1942;partner, Hunt & Fitch, 1945-1958;labor arbitrator, 1973-1988;retired, 1988.


  • Bar: Kentucky 1942, Illinois 1954, United States Patent Office 1943. Registered professional engineer, Kentucky.


  • Other Work

    • Patentee in field.


Member national committee Atlantic Union Committee. Member Louisville Labor-Management Committee;board directors Louisville Urban League, Louisville Better Business Bureau, Consumers Advisory Council. Member American Medical Association, American Bar Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers, American Arbitration Association (panel of arbitrators, retired 1988), National Academy Arbitrators, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Louisville Chamber of Commerce, Association Industries Quad Cities (past president), American Society Human Resources Administration, Louisville Pers.

Association, Honorary Order Kentucky Colonels, Sons of the American Revolution, Executive Club (board directors), Filson Club, University Club, Pendennis Club, Arts Club (past president), Kentucky Society Natural History, Louisville Photographic Society, English Speaking Union, International Society Poets.


Married Jane Rogers McCaw, December 25, 1930 (deceased 1983). Children: Catherine Mercer Druitt, Jane Rogers Butterworth. Married Nancy Dolt Langley, April 28, 1984.

J. Howard Fitch

Kate Orvis (Girdler) Fitch

Jane Rogers McCaw

Nancy Dolt Langley

Catherine Mercer Druitt Fitch

Jane Rogers Butterworth Fitch