Otis W. Erisman of Gladwyne, PA and formerly of Nantucket, MA, passed away on December 29 at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Eleanor Platt Erisman, and his children: Caroline (John Silberstein) of New York City, Susan (Philip Barra) of Danville, VT, and Steve (Betsy Milliken) of Nantucket, MA. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Ashley, Matthew (Kaitlyn Ellis), Ben, Katie, and Emily, and two great-grandchildren (Willa and Parker). He is also survived by his sister, Ruth Nelson of Kennett Square, PA, and predeceased by his parents Otis S. and Marie Schulz Erisman, and his sister, Peggy McCoy. Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Otis was a proud graduate of St. Peter’s Choir School, Phillips Academy Andover ’41, Harvard University ’45, and Harvard Law School ’48. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a gunnery officer on a destroyer (USS Sterett) in the Pacific. He was dedicated to the law, and he continued to practice until the time of his death. During his career, he was a partner at Truscott & Erisman (1949-1977), Counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis (1977-1992), and then at White & Williams (1993-2009). Otis was a member of the Philadelphia Country Club, Merion Cricket Club, Racquet Club, Union League, and Right Angle Club. He loved good books, old movies, mixology, watches and radios, skeet shooting, and fast cars. A memorial service will take place at the Gladwyne Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 13 at 11:00 a.m. A reception will directly follow the service at a location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Phillips Academy Andover, 180 Main Street, Andover, MA 01810. Condolences may be expressed at www.ciavarellifuneralhomes.com
Published by Main Line Media News from Jan. 8 to Jan. 14, 2018.