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Notes for Robert Smith Jr. GAWTHROP
Robert S. Gawthrop Jr., 89, of West Chester, a Chester County lawyer for more than 50 years, died of heart failure Monday at Sunrise Assisted Living, Paoli.
In 1941, Mr. Gawthrop joined his brother, Thomas, in the West Chester law firm that had been founded by their father, Robert Sr.
John Halsted, a partner in what is now Gawthrop, Greenwood and Halsted, said its lawyers did everything from municipal work to domestic relations to estates. Though Mr. Gawthrop's father, brother and son all became judges, he preferred to pursue the practice of law and represented many Chester County organizations. He retired in 1995.
Mr. Gawthrop graduated from the Haverford School. He earned a bachelor's degree from Haverford College and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. During World War II, he served in the Army in the states. In 1941, he was married to Elizabeth Campbell. She died in 1992. The following year he married Janet Pinckney Borden.
His wife said he enjoyed travel, golf and fly fishing, and socializing with a group of friends called the Romeos - retired men eating out sometimes.
Mr. Gawthrop served on several boards, including those of Lukens Steel and Chester County Hospital. He was a member of the Brandywine Fishing Club, the Divotees Golfing Club and the Lions Club of West Chester.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Elizabeth Riely and Emily Klarberg; and four grandchildren. His son Robert 3d died in 1999.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, High and Union Streets, West Chester. Burial is private.
ROBERT SMITH GAWTHROP, JR. of West Chester, PA, died Jan. 19, 2004, husband of Janet Pinkney Borden Gawthrop, father of Elizabeth Riely, Emily Klarberg and the Late Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop, III, grandfather of Christopher Riely, Andrew Riely, Margaret Klarberg and Collis Klarberg. Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service 11 AM Fri., Jan. 23, 2004 at the Church of the Holy Trinity, High and Union Sts., West Chester. Int. Private. Contributions may be made to the Chester County Hospital Foundation, 701 E. Marshall St., West Chester, PA 19380 or Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 S. High St., West Chester, PA 19382. Arr. by DELLAVECCHIA, REILLY 7 SMITH FUNERAL HOME., INC., WEST CHESTER, PA 610-696-1181.
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