IN MEMORIAM:  WILLIAM E. ZEITER

Extending condolences from the Board of Governors
on the death of William E. Zeiter, active member and past chair of numerous
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and American Bar Association
committees and distinguished public servant.

WHEREAS, William E. Zeiter was born in Harrisburg;

WHEREAS, Mr. Zeiter was a graduate of Lehigh University, obtaining his B.A. in 1955 and B.S.E.E. in 1956 and New York University School of Law (J.D. 1960);

WHEREAS, his service for the Philadelphia Bar Association extended to serving as: the former Chairman of the Committee on Charter and Bylaws from 1968 through 1974 and 1980 through 1981; a member of the Committee on Automated Research from 1971 through 1972; and a member of the Committee on Planning on the Improvement of Justice;

WHEREAS, Mr. Zeiter's service for the Pennsylvania Bar Association extended to serving as: a member of the House of Delegates representing Zone 1 since 1987; a member of the House of Delegates representing the Section of Administrative Law from 1966 through 1987; a member and legislative draftsman for the Committee on Business Associations, Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law, since 1964; a former Chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association-sponsored citizens' conference entitled Pennsylvanians Speak to Their Legal System in 1978; a former Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee from 1977 through 1981; a member of Council, Section of Corporation, Banking and Business Law from 1971 through 1975; a Chairman of the Special Committee on Judicial Code from 1971 through 1975; a member of the Constitutional Law Committee from 1970 through 1975; a member and legislative draftsman for the Special Committee on Implementation of the Judiciary Article from 1968 through 1970; a former Chairman, Section on Administrative Law from 1968 through 1969, Vice Chairman from 1967 through 1968;

WHEREAS, his service to the American Bar Association extended to: serving on the Board of Governors (nominee of Section of Science and Technology for 1992-1995 term); a member of the House of Delegates, representing Section of Science and Technology, since 1980; a member of the Nominating Committee, House of Delegates from 1986 through 1989; a member of the House of Delegates, representing the state bar of Pennsylvania from 1980 through 1981; a former Chairman, Conference of Section Chairman from 1978 through 1979; a former Chairman, Section of Science and Technology from 1977 through 1978, member of council from 1974 through 1979 and since 1980; a former Chairman for the Committee on American National Standards, Section of Science and Technology from 1983 through 1989; a former Chairman of the Committee on Metric System in Commercial Transactions, Section of Business Law from 1968 through 1984; a member of the Panel on Revision of Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, adjunct to the Committee on Corporate Law from 1970 through 1973; a member of the Advisory Committee on Liaison to Standing Committee on Law Technology from 1969 through 1974; and a former Vice Chairman of the Division of State Administrative Law, Section of Administrative Law from 1973 through 1978;

WHEREAS, he was primarily involved in drafting over 50 federal and state statutes, including the Pennsylvania Judicial Code, Pennsylvania General Rules of Administrative Practice and Procedure, Business and Nonprofit Corporation Laws in 1988, amendments to the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 and Uniform Metric Procedure Act; 

WHEREAS, he was the author of numerous reports and publications on corporate and utility law and statutory revision and construction, including the Foreword to Title 15, Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated and the Foreword to the official Pennsylvania Consolidates Statutes;

WHEREAS, William E. Zeiter was the drafter of the Commonwealth Document Law and Title 1 of the Pennsylvania Code, charter member and secretary of the Joint Committee on Documents from 1969 through 1991 and Chairman from 1991 through 1994;

WHEREAS, his public service extended to serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of Lehigh University, a member of the Board of Managers of the Franklin Institute and former president and current treasurer of the Friends of Logan Square Foundation;

WHEREAS, he has justly been referred to as  . . . a brilliant lawyer, with an incredible mastery of the intricacies of the law... whose work ...probably had more influence on the development of Pennsylvania statutory law than any other person...;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Philadelphia Bar Association Board of Governors extend its sincere condolences to his wife Jean Greer Zeiter, relatives, associates and friends of William E. Zeiter on their loss and the City's loss of the distinguished Philadelphia public servant.

PHILADELPHIA BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
ADOPTED: April 21, 1994