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Lawyer , Member of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

Ralph H. Demmler was an American lawyer – specializing in corporate banking law – and an appointed United States government official.


Demmler, Ralph Henry was born on August 22, 1904 in Pittsburgh. Son of Otto and Maud (Theobald) Demmler.


AB, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1925. Doctor of Laws, Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, 1965. Bachelor of Laws, University Pittsburgh, 1928.


Faculty fellow, Law School, U Pittsburgh, 1928-1930;practiced law in, Pittsburgh, since 1928;partner, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, 1948-1953, 55-74;counsel, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay, since 1974. Chairman United States Securities and Exchange Commission, 1953-1955, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh, 1959-1961. Member.adv. commission on enforcement Securities and Exchange Commission, 1972.

Writer, lecturer securities regulation, 1953-1980.


  • Bar: Pennsylvania 1928, Pennsylvania and United States courts 1928.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The First Century of an Institution, 1977. Editor: Beaches & Battles, 1995.


Member School Board of, Ross Township, 1933-1945, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 1938-1945. Treasurer Pittsburgh Presbytery, 1941-1945. Trustee Allegheny College, since 1957, chairman board, 1968-1972.

Trustee Institute International Education, 1958-1960, History Society Western Pennsylvania, 1977-1987. Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County bar associations, American Law Institute (advisory committee on securities codification 1969-1980—), Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Theta Phi, Delta Sigma Rho, Phi Gamma Delta.

Clubs: Duquesne (Pittsburgh) (director 1957-1960), Rolling Rock (Ligonier, Pennsylvania), University (Pittsburgh). Lodges: Masons.


Married Catherine Hollinger, October 5, 1929. 1 child, John Henry.

Otto Demmler

Maud (Theobald) Demmler

Catherine Hollinger

John Henry Demmler