Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice
Thomas W. Pomeroy, Jr was born in Crafton, Pennsylvania to Marion E. Bradbury and Thomas W. Pomeroy on November 20, 1908.
He was a pre-eminent lawyer, a recognized legal scholar and a distinguished Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Educated in the Ben Avon, Pennsylvania public schools, he graduated from Lafayette College in 1929, and from Harvard Law School in 1933. He was married in 1935 to Maria Frances Whitten in West Newton, Massachusetts, and is the father of Anne Martin, George Pomeroy, Helen Hopkins and Benjamin Pomeroy and grandfather of 11. He was elected to Lafayette College Board of Trustees as a Life Trustee in 1943, and in 1961 he was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 1984 he became a Trustee Emeritus of the College.
Thomas Pomeroy was a Founding Partner of the law firm Kirkpatrick, Pomeroy, Lockhart and Johnson, now known as K & L Gates. He resigned from the firm when he became a Justice of the Supreme Court of PA, and after fulfilling his term in 1979, he became of Counsel to the law firm. He served as the President of the Allegheny County Bar Association and later as President of the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He was also a member of the Governor’s Commission to evaluate the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island.
A lifelong, active member of the Ben Avon Presbyterian Church, he was elected to serve a number of terms as an elder on the governing body, and was also chosen to serve on the national Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
He was a member of the Duquesne Club of Pittsburgh, the University Club of Pittsburgh, Shannopin Country Club (Ben Avon Heights), and The Yankanuck Club (a fishing club) in Ontario, Canada. He and his family loved the White Mountains of New Hampshire and for many years vacationed at a cottage on Silver Lake in Madison, NH.
He died in December of 2002.