IN MEMORIAM: PETER HEARN

WHEREAS, Peter Hearn earned a B.A. in History from Cornell University in 1956 and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1961; and

WHEREAS, between college and law school, Peter Hearn served admirably in the U.S. Army artillery, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant; and

WHEREAS, upon graduation from law school, Peter Hearn joined the firm of Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, where he became a partner and served as chair of the finance committee; and

WHEREAS, Peter Hearn was a dedicated advocate for making legal services available to the poor and served as president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation in 1985; and

WHEREAS, Peter Hearn served in various leadership capacities at the Philadelphia Bar Association, including as Chancellor in 1989; and

WHEREAS, while serving as Chancellor, Peter Hearn was an ardent campaigner for merit selection of judges; and

WHEREAS, while serving as Chancellor, Peter Hearn spearheaded the formation of the Campaign for Qualified Judges, the Association’s political action committee devoted to supporting judicial candidates rated recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention; and

WHEREAS, in 1991, Peter Hearn ran for mayor of Philadelphia, a campaign that, while unsuccessful, cast a spotlight on his values as a reformer and proponent for the residents of our city; and

WHEREAS, Peter Hearn’s selfless commitment to the community included his service as a founder and board member of Gaudenzia, Inc., co-chair of the Free Library of Philadelphia Capital Campaign, trustee of the Philadelphia Foundation, supporter of the Wanamaker Organ and vestryman at Christ Church,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Philadelphia Bar Association adopts this memorial resolution in recognition of the character, contributions and achievements of Peter Hearn, and extends its heartfelt condolences to his family on the passing of a beloved and respected colleague, devoted family member and faithful friend.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: October 26, 2017