Stanley Temko ’43

March 7, 2011

Summer 2011

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Stanley L. Temko ’43 was a distinguished partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in antitrust matters, as well as food and drug law. He passed away on March 7, 2011, at the age of 91. 

Temko, who was editor-in-chief of the Columbia Law Review and graduated first in his class at the Law School, served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Wiley Rutledge in 1947.

“[Temko] had an exceptionally bright legal mind,” said Temko’s co-clerk and future associate justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens in a comment published by The Washington Post. “He could describe a complicated case, filled with a bunch of sophisticated arguments, in simple language so that anybody could understand it.”

Temko joined Covington & Burling in 1949 and went on to serve a number of terms as chairman of the firm’s management committee. He worked on several notable cases during his legal career, including a 1952 U.S. Supreme Court case dealing with the president’s ability to seize private property.

The New York native served in the Army during World War II and earned a Bronze Star in recognition of his efforts.

Temko is survived by three sons: Richard, Edward, and William; and five grandchildren.

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