Warren M. Ballard, lawyer and teacher

Obituaries July 25, 2013 0 Comments

Warren McElroy Ballard, 102, formerly of Wyndmoor, a lawyer and a professor emeritus at Temple University’s School of Law, died July 18 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Md., where he had been living since 2002.

Mr. Ballard had taught full-time at Temple University from 1940 to 1978 and part-time until 1993. He taught a variety of subjects, both to full-time day students and to those who took evening courses.

Pete Liacouras, the former president of Temple who was dean of Temple’s Law School during Mr. Ballard’s tenure, said he would remember Mr. Ballard “for his honesty, reliability,fidelity to the profession and his abiding social conscience.”

A self-styled “Jeffersonian Democrat,” Mr. Ballard was active in local Democratic politics for more than a decade and ran unsuccessfully for the State Senate in 1958 and for the U.S. Congress in 1960.

During World War II, he took a leave of absence from Temple to serve in the Navy as a lieutenant commander, working in the Naval District Intelligence Office in Philadelphia. During this time he married his first wife, the late Katherine Thorp Ballard.

Born and raised in St. Louis, he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science and a bachelor of law degree from the University of Virginia. He worked for a time with a New York law firm and later for the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in Washington, D.C.

He was a longtime member of the American Bar Association, the Philadelphia Bar Association, the American Law Institute (of which he was a lifetime member), the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the St. Andrews Society, the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and the Second Baptist Church of Germantown.

Mr. Ballard is survived by his wife of 37 years, the former Anne Horn; daughters Elizabeth T. Ballard, of Ottawa, Canada, Mary Jenkins, of Huntingtown, Md., and Margaret Ballard, of Alexandria, Va.; stepdaughters Christine Jensen, of Lexington, Mass., Evelyn Bradley, of Towson, Md., and Joan Masover, of Iowa; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and seven step-grandchildren. A son, James, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at the Charlestown Retirement Community at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Virginia Law Foundation or the Temple University Law Foundation. – WF

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