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Joseph W. McGovern, American lawyer, specializing in the field of. Member of McGovern and Dawson.


McGovern, Joseph W. was born on February 22, 1909 in New York City. Son of Philip and Jane (Fahey) McGovern.


Bachelor magna cum laude, Fordham University, 1930. Bachelor of Laws cum laude, Fordham University, 1933. Doctor of Laws, Fordham University, 1961.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Siena College, 1961. Doctor of Humane Letters, College New Rochelle, 1968. Doctor of Laws, Manhattan College, 1968.

Doctor of Laws, Colgate University. Doctor of Laws, Iona College. Doctor of Laws, Keuka College, 1969.

Doctor of Laws, Marymount Manhattan College, 1974. Doctor of Laws, Yeshiva University, 1975. D.Comml. Law, Pace College, 1968.

Doctor of Letters, College Mount St. Vincent, 1972.


Worked at McGovern and Dawson. Admitted to the bar, 1933, New York. Member of Faculty, 1936-1972 and Professor of Law, 1955-1972, Fordham University School of Law.

Regent, The University of the State of New York, 1961-1975. Chancellor, 1968-1975. Honorary degrees: Doctor of Laws, Fordham University, Colgate University, Yeshiva University, Keuka College, Manhattan College, Iona College.

Marymount Manhattan College: D.C.L., Pace University. L.H.D., Siena College, College of New Rochelle. Litt.D., College of Mt.

St. Vincent. Member: The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. New York State Bar Association.


  • Bar: New York 1933.


Board directors James Gordon Bennett Memorial Corporation. Board directors Calvary Hospital, 1975-1993, chairman, 1981-1993. Board regents State University of New York, 1971-1975, chancellor, 1968-1975, chancellor emeritus, since 1975.

Trustee Regis High School, New York City, 1975-1982. Member New York State Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, New York County Lawyers Association, Guild Catholic Lawyers.


Married Marie V. Gough, February 23, 1935. Children: Marie T. (Mistress Matthew M. Melillo), Raymond L., Joseph J., Philip C., Lawrence F.

Philip McGovern

Jane (Fahey) McGovern

Marie V. Gough

Marie T. McGovern (Mistress Matthew M. Melillo)

Raymond L. McGovern

Joseph J. McGovern

Philip C. McGovern

Lawrence F. McGovern