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Peter Thorp Fay, American federal judge. Bar: Florida 1956, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1961.


Fay, Peter Thorp was born on January 18, 1929 in Rochester, New York, United States. Son of Lester Thorp and Jane (Baumler) Fay.


Bachelor, Rollins College, 1951. Doctor of Laws, Rollins College, 1971. Juris Doctor, University Florida, 1956.

Doctor of Laws, Biscayne College, 1975.


Partner firm Nichols, Gaither Green, Frates & Beckham, Miami, Florida, 1956—1961, Frates, Fay, Floyd & Pearson (and predecessors), Miami, 1961—1970. Professor Florida Junior Bar Practical Legal Institute, 1959—1965. Judge United States District Court for Southern Florida, Miami, 1970—1976, United States Court Appeals (5th circuit), 1976—1981, United States Court Appeals (11th circuit), 1981—1994, senior judge, since 1994.

Lecturer Florida Bar Legal Institute, since 1959. Faculty Federal Judicial Center, Washington, 1974—1994. Member Judicial Conference Committee for Implementation Criminal Justice Act, 1974—1982, Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, 1980—1987, Ad Hoc Committee on Cameras in the Courtroom, 1983—1984, Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules, 1987—1990, Eleventh Circuit Standing Education Committee.

Member executive committee Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council. Co-chairman National Judicial Council for State and Federal Courts, since 1990. Lieutenant United States Air Force, 1951-1953.


Member Orange Bowl Committee, since 1974. District collector United Fund, 1957—1970. Member administrative board St. Thomas University, since 1970.

Trustee University Miami, Florida, since 1989. Member, supervisor Indiana Counsel, since 1994. Member of American Bar Association, Medico Legal Institute, John Marshall Bar Association (past president), Dade County Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Florida Academy Trial Attorneys, Law Science Academy, Miami Chamber of C., University Florida Alumni Association (director), Florida Council of 100, Miami Club, Coral Oaks Club (Miami), Wildcat Cliffs Club (North Carolina), Snapper Creek Lakes Club (Miami), Phi Delta Theta (past secretary), Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Gamma Mu (past president), Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Order of Coif.


Married Claudia Pat Zimmerman, October 1, 1958. Children: Michael Thorp, William, Darcy.