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President Judge Joseph T. Doyle Born: October 6, 1931 -- Passed away: December 18th, 2012 Honorable Joseph T. "Ted" Doyle was born October 6, 1931 in Delaware County, PA, the son of Frank J. and Mary Bellwoar Doyle, beloved husband of the pre-deceased Elizabeth Kavanaugh, formerly of Yeadon, PA. Betty and Ted shared 51 happily married years together. He attended St. James High School in Chester, and was graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree from La Salle Univeristy in 1953. On graduation from La Salle he received the William Conner award as the senior athlete with the highest scholastic standing. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Villanova Law School in 1958 and in 1990 received an L.L.M. degree (Master of Law in the Judicial Process) from the University of Virginia. Widener University (School of Law) conferred on Judge Doyle the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws in May of 2001. Before law school, Judge Doyle served on active duty in the United States Army for 2 years and was honorably discharged in 1955 after a tour of duty in Germany. He was admitted to the bar in 1959 and in 1961 maintained a law practice and served as solicitor for several municipalities and zoning boards. Judge Doyle had been elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1970 and was reelected in 1972, 1974 and 1976. While a member of the House, he served as vice-chairman of the Law and Justice Committee; chairman of the Judiciary Committee's Sub-Committee on Courts; and among other endeavors, was a member of the Joint State Government Commision's Task Force on the office of the elected Attorney General; a member of the Legislative Data Processing Committee, and a member of the House Democratic Caucus Policy Committee. In 1979, at a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, he was elected to the position of Director of the Legislative Reference Bureau, the legislative agency which acts as counsel on Legislative matters to the Governor's Office and the Administration, as well as to the Pennsylvania House and Senate. The LRB does the actual drafting of bills and resolutions that are introduced in the General Assembly, prepares codes of existing general statutes and engages in research work on legislative questions and the history of legislation. It is also responsible for the publication of the PA Code, which embodies Pennsylvania's administrative law. In the formative years of his law practice, Judge Doyle served as president of the Young Lawyer's Section of the Delaware County Bar Association and in 1968 was the editor of the Delaware County Legal Journal (Volume 55). He was also actively engaged in politics during those years and, among other offices, served on the Democratic County Committee's Executive Committee, was President of the Young Democrats, and went as a delegate to the Democratic National Nominating Convention in 1976 in New York City. Active also in civic and charitable endeavors throughout his career, Judge Doyle served on the Board of Trustees for Little Flower Manor and previously had been the recipient of the Bunting Friendship Freedom House Man of the Year Award, the Delaware County Citizens Council Award and the Delaware County Veterans Council Award. In 1987, he was presented with the prestigious Michael DeAngelis Award from the Beta Alpha National Accounting Honor Society (LaSalle University), and on Flag Day, June 14, 2000, he received the Public Service Award from the Philadelphia Flag Day Association. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Delaware County Bar Associations, the American Judicature Society, the American Judges Association, the American Bar Association's Council of Chief Judges, the Pennsylvania Trial Judges Association, and the Brehon Law Society. He has lectured extensively for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and at many county Bench-Bar Conferences. He is on the editorial staff for the Workers' Compensation treatise, Barbieri on Workers' Compensation, published by the George T. Bisel Company, and has lectured extensively in the field of Workers' Compensation before such groups as the Workers' Compensation Judges Association and the Workers' Compensation Claims Association. Judge Doyle was first elected to the Commonwealth Court in November of 1981 and took office on January 4, 1982. He was retained for a second ten-year term in November of 1991 and was elected President Judge of the Court effective September 1, 1999. In his position as the President Judge of the Commonwealth Court, Judge Doyle serves on the Supreme Court's Judicial Council. He was very recently honored by the Delaware County Bar Association for his public service and commitment to the legal profession and was presented with its lifetime achievement award. Judge Doyle was a respected and an honored member of the law office of Vincint B. Mancini & Associates since 2009. Judge Doyle, President Judge Emeritus, otherwise known as Sean-Athair, (gaelic for grandfather), was an avid tennis player and long time Captain of his team. He enjoyed the company of good friends, Ocean City trips, and most especially spending time with his family. Survivors: 4 daughters, Louise Hyland, (Paul), Meghan Braun, (Shimon), Kimberly Murphy, (Frederick) and Rebecca Bennett, (John); 10 ten grandchildren Andrew Hyland, Rachel Hyland, Aiyana Braun, Shirina Braun, Kaitlyn Murphy, Maura Murphy, Shannon Murphy, Kyle Murphy, Trinity Murphy and Bree Murphy. Visitation Thursday 4 to 7 PM at the Logan Funeral Home, 698 East Lincoln Highway (corner of Rt. # 30 & Ship Rd.), Exton, PA 19341. Funeral Mass Friday 11 AM at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 1325 Boot Road, West Chester (East Goshen), PA 19380. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Online Condolences: www.Loganfuneralhomes.com

Published in The Daily Times on Dec. 20, 2012
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