Memorial Resolution for The Honorable D. Donald Jamieson
It is with profound sadness that the Republican Party of Philadelphia County and the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania acknowledges the passing of a former City Chairman, the Honorable D. Donald Jamieson on December 15, 2013.
WHEREAS, Judge Jamieson was born and raised in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. He graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Judge Jamieson married and bought a home in Philadelphia and began to raise his family. He is survived by this wonderful, caring family including his devoted, loving wife Nannette and their son Douglas and daughter Hepburn, and a grandson. In addition, the Judge is survived by a nephew Lou Bond.
WHEREAS, The Judge began his political career in the 23rd Ward and was elected as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1956.
WHEREAS, Judge Jamieson served in the Army and spent several years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Judge Jamieson spent twelve years in private practice before he was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas in 1965 by Governor William Scranton and elected to a full term. In 1970, Judge Jamieson was elected President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of the First Judicial District and served until 1973. As President Judge, he was a leader in court reform receiving numerous awards and recognition including the American Judicature Herbert Harley Award and the Good Government Award of the Committee of Seventy. He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts.
WHEREAS, He was elected the Chairman of Republican City Committee in 1980 and served for 15 years advising such candidates as Arlen Specter and Ron Castille. As Chairman, Judge Jamieson also served on Republican State Committee.
WHEREAS, in 1995, Judge Jamieson was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Upon the expiration of his term, Judge Jamieson returned to private practice at Mesirov Gelman firm which later merged with the Schnader Harrison firm until his retirement.
WHEREAS, Judge Jamieson served as President of the Citizens Crime Commission, Chairman of the Board of Shriners Hospital for and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Frankford Hospital. He was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Philadelphia Council of the Boys Scouts of America and was a member of the Commission to Preserve Legal Services for All.
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that in recognition of this outstanding man who held strong the belief of God and Country, and as evidence of the esteem and admiration in which he was held by all his friends and colleagues, that this resolution, which is being presented by the members of the Philadelphia Republican City Committee, our State Committee members and by our entire Legislative delegation, be adopted and be permanently placed in the archives of the Republican State Committee and that a copy of this Resolution be presented to Don Jamieson’s wife, Nannette, and her family, along with the deep and heartfelt sympathy of his fellow members of the Republican State Committee.
Resolved this 1st day of February 2014
Republican State Committee
Robert Gleason, Chairman