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John Alfred Sutro


John Alfred Sutro, American lawyer. Bar: California 1929. Recipient Navy Distinguished Public Service award, 1958, annual award St. Thomas More Society, 1971, Brotherhood award National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1975, Torch of Liberty award Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1980.


Sutro, John Alfred was born on July 3, 1905 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of Alfred and Rose (Newmark).


AB, Stanford University, 1926. Bachelor of Laws, Harvard University, 1929.


Since practiced in, San Francisco. With firm Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, 1929-1994, partner, 1935-1994, advisory partner, 1971-1994. Advisory director Bank of California (N.A.), 1976-1981.

Advisory director BanCal Tri-State Corporation, 1976-1981. Past chairman senior advisory board United States Court Appeals 9th Circuit.


  • Bar: California 1929.


Member California Commission on Uniform State Laws, 1968. Member legal advisory committee Criminal Justice Legal Foundation. Member California Commission on Interstate Cooperation, 1968.

Chairman executive committee Friends of Stanford Law Library. Vice chairman San Francisco Airports Commission, 1970-1974. Board councilors University Southern California Law Center, 1972-1988.

Trustee Hastings Law Center Foundation. Board visitors University Santa Clara School Law, Stanford University Law School, 1967-1986. President, trustee San Francisco Law Library.

(honorary member); board directors St. Luke's Hospital, 1975-1985. President United States District Court Northern District California History Society. Vice president 9th Judicial Circuit History Society.

Member USCA 9th Circuit Attorney Admission Fund Committee Served as Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1940-1945. Fellow American Bar Foundation (chairman 1973). Member American Judicature Society (director 1964-1970, executive committee 1967-1970, Herbert Harley award 1974), Navy League (national vice president and director 1954-1967, member national advisory council), California Academy of Sciences (trustee 1966-1980, honorary trustee 1980-1994), American Law Institute, American Bar Association (standing committee federal judiciary 1968-1974, chairman 1973-1974, chairman committee judicial selection and tenure 1975-1978, vice chairman, director National Judicial College 1975-1980, member executive committee lawyers conference judicial administration div., div. council), State Bar California (board governors 1962-1966, president 1965-1966), Bar Association San Francisco (president 1962, John A. Sutro award for legal excellence 1975), San San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

(president 1973, life director), National Center for State Courts (business and professional friends committee, independence support fund committee, Distinguished Service award), Rodeo Cowboys Association (life), Phi Alpha Delta. Clubs: Family, Commonwealth (board governors 1957-1959), Engineers (San Francisco).


Son of; married Elizabeth Hiss, October 16, 1931. Children: Caroline Sutro Mohun, Elizabeth Sutro Mackey, John A., Stephen (deceased).

Alfred Son

Rose (Newmark) Son

Elizabeth Hiss

Caroline Sutro Mohun Sutro

Elizabeth Sutro Mackey Sutro

John A. Sutro

Stephen Sutro (deceased)