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Thomas Elbert Elbert Sunderland

Lawyer , business executive

Thomas Elbert Sunderland, American lawyer, corporate executive. Bar: Michigan 1930, New York 1933, District of Columbia 1948, Illinois 1948, Massachusetts 1962, Arizona 1969, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1948. Decorated Bronze Star.


SUNDERLAND, Thomas was born on April 28, 1907 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States. Son of Professor Edson R. and Hannah Dell Read Sunderland.


Student, England and Sorbonne University, Paris, 1925. AB summa cum laude, University Michigan, 1928. Student, University Michigan Law School, 1929.

Juris Doctor, University California-Berkeley, 1930. Postgraduate, Harvard Business School, 1948.


Union guardian Trust Company, Detroit, 1930-1931, New York City, 1931-1948, Chicago, 1948-1960. With firm Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York City, 1931-1933, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York City, 1933-1936, Townley, Updike & Carter, New York City, 1936-1940. General counsel Pan American Petroleum & Transport Company, American Oil Corporation, 1940-1948, director, member executive committee, 1945-1948.

Vice president, general counsel, director Amoco Corporation (Standard Oil Corporation, Indiana), Chicago, 1948-1960. Also board directors Standard Oil Corporation (Indiana). President, chief executive officer, chairman board, director United Fruit Company, Boston, 1959-1969.

With firm Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, 1969-1979. Director First National Bank of Boston, National Cash Register Company, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, Johns-Manville Corporation. Member committee on public affairs American Petroleum Institute, 1948-1959.


  • Bar: Michigan 1930, New York 1933, District of Columbia 1948, Illinois 1948, Massachusetts 1962, Arizona 1969, Supreme Court of the United States Court, 1948.


National trustee Lake Forest College. Trustee Lawrence Hall of Science, University California at Berkeley. Boston Hospital for Women, Winsor School, Boston.

Member visiting committee Graduate School Business Administration, Law School and School Public Health, Harvard University. Member visiting com Law School University Chicago, Law School University Stanford. Chairman national committee University Michigan Law School, also visiting committee.

Trustee Phoenix Symphony, 1971-1981, president, 1979-1981. Member corporation Northeastern University, Boston. National board directors National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Trustee Phoenix Country Day School Lieutenant colonel United States Army Air Force, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member American Bar Association (committee on jurisprudence and law reform 1940-1941, national chairman section antitrust law 1953-1958), Inter-American Bar Association, American Law Institute, Illinois Bar Association, Arizona Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, Chicago Bar Association, Council on Foreign Relations, National Industrial Conference Board (senior member), Squadron A Association (New York City), Association General Counsel (co-founder), Wianno Club, The Beach Club, Bohemian Club, Phoenix Country Club, The Country Club, Chicago Club, Chicago Golf Club, Glenview Club, Metropolitan Club, Union League, Arizona Club., Paradise Valley Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Mary Louise Allyn, December 21, 1946. Children: Louise Allyn Sunderland Gavin, Anne Read, Thomas Edson (deceased), Mary Compton Sunderland Williamson, Alice Elizabeth (deceased).

Edson R. Sunderland

Hannah Dell (Read) Sunderland

Mary Louise Allyn

Louise Allyn Sunderland Gavin Sunderland

Anne Read Sunderland

Thomas Edson Sunderland (deceased)

Mary Compton Sunderland Williamson Sunderland

Alice Elizabeth Sunderland (deceased)