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Ronald B. Merriweather, municipal judge

Ronald Bernard Merriweather, 72, of East Mt. Airy, a Municipal Court judge in Philadelphia who also taught law at Temple University and the Berean Institute, died of cancer June 24 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Judge Merriweather had served the court for more than 25 years and had been supervising judge in the criminal division. He retired as a senior judge in 2009 after he became ill.

Before becoming a judge in the 1980s, Judge Merriweather had been an agent with the Federal Bureau of Narcotics in Cleveland and, earlier, a U.S. Secret Service agent.

After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, Law School, he was an attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In 1976 he opened an office in Philadelphia, specializing in criminal law.

During the 1970s he worked with a group of civic leaders to stop gang violence.

Judge Merriweather was a graduate of West Philadelphia High School, where he was a member of the cross-country team that won the Public League Championship in 1955.

He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Morgan State University, where he was student council president, a star on the track team and the recipient of the school’s Second Mile Award for Leadership.

He served in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas.

He was active in many organizations, including the Masons, the Boy Scouts and the NAACP.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred; a brother, Charles, and his longtime companion, Charlita Martin-Latham.

Funeral services were held July 6 at the First African Baptist Church in Sharon Hill. Interment was in Mount Lawn Cemetery, Sharon Hill. – WF


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