In Memoriam: Thomas N. O'Neill Jr.

Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. passed away on January 16. He was 89.

Elected to ALI in 1962, Judge O’Neill joined the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in 1983. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner and chair of the litigation department at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP. 

“He was an outstanding judge,” said Senior Judge Harvey Bartle III, his friend on the federal bench for 26 years. "He was a person who was respected by his colleagues and extraordinarily well-liked. He was friendly, outgoing, and always interested in other people, and a wonderful raconteur.”

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He served as a law clerk for Judge Herbert Goodrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1953 to 1954) and for Justice Harold Burton of the U.S. Supreme Court (1954 to 1955).  

Read the full Philadelphia Inquirer obituary.