Robert Dechert Edit Profile
Graduate Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School, 1912. Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Pennsylvania, 1916, Bachelor of Laws, 1921, honorary Doctor of Laws, 1958. United States Army student, St. John’s College, Oxford (England) University, 1919.
October 22, 1950); children—Peter, Hope (Mistress Michael C. Mitchell), Marian Godey (Mistress Donald F. Dixon). Married second, Helen Branson, December, 1951. Admitted to Pennsylvania bar, 1921, and began practice at Philadelphia.
Associate Hepburn, Dechert & Norris, 1921-1927. Member of faculty University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1923-1942. Vice president, counsel Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, 1927-1930, counsel, 1930-1948, general counsel, 1949-1956, 59-65, trustee, 1959-1969.
Member firm Dechert, Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, 1930-1968. Director Fidelity Bank, Philadelphia, 1932-1957, 59-71. General counsel Department Defense Washington, 1957-1959.
Cons., Office General Counsel, ECA, 1949-1950. Member Pennsylvania Board Law Examiners, 1933-1939, 70-72. Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1928-1975.
Member Board of Law, 1928-1974, chairman, 1952-1956, member library advisory board, 1956-1974, chairman, 1956-1965, member Board of Social Work 1945-1968, chairman, 1945-1952, chairman Ednl. Policy Committee 1959-1967, member Board Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology, 1967-1972. Trustee Lawrenceville (New Jersey) School, 1929-1971.
Board directors Young Men’s Christian Association Philadelphia, 1936-1974, president 1947-1950. Board directors United Fund Philadelphia 1930-1972, general campaign chairman 1942. Chairman Associate Services for Armed Forces, Inc., 1950-1951.
Member of the Board of Governors, member corporation United Service Organizations, 1951-1970, chairman of the executive committee, 1951-1955. Board directors, member Executive Committee United Defense Fund, 1951-1955. Chairman J. C. Brown Library Associates, Providence, 1962-1965.
President World Affairs Council Philadelphia 1963-1965.
Member of faculty University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1923-1942. Member firm Dechert, Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, 1930-1968. Member Pennsylvania Board Law Examiners, 1933-1939, 70-72.
Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1928-1975. Member Board of Law, 1928-1974, chairman, 1952-1956. Member of the Board of Governors.
Served to captain, United States Army, World War I. Member American (house of deals 1948-1949, 51-55), Pennsylvania (house of deals 1966-1969), Philadelphia bar associations, Insurance Federation Pennsylvania (director, president 1947-1949), Association Life Insurance Counsel (president 1946-1947), S.R., Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Psi. Club: Philadelphia.
Married Helen Hope Wilson, May 24, 1922 (deceased.; married second, Helen Branson, December, 1951. Children: Peter, Hope (Mistress Michael C. Mitchell), Marian Godey (Mistress Donald F. Dixon).