A Evans Kephart
The Honorable A. Evans Kephart was born on Dec. 21, 1905, in Ebensburg, Cambria County, Pa. the son of the Honorable John W. Kephart, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and Florence Evans Kephart. He was also the grandson of the Honorable Alvin Evans, a two term U.S. Congressman representing Cambria County. He attended grade school in Ebensburg; graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1923; Princeton University in 1927; and the Harvard Law School in 1930. He initially settled in Philadelphia where he was admitted to the bar and worked as the Assistant City Solicitor for Philadelphia. At a year and a half out of law school, he filed an appellate brief before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, appealing restrictions on the city's legal right to use water from the Schuylkill River for municipal purposes. He received general acclaim at his subsequent victory in the case, his efforts marking a signal point in appellate law. Evans otherwise practiced law; was elected to the Pennsylvania State Senate, 1938, serving four terms (16 yrs.) representing South Philadelphia; championed the Pennsylvania Turnpike; entered a legal partnership in the late 50s with Harold Stassen, former Minnesota governor, specializing in corporate, international, government contract, intellectual property, real estate, transactional and trusts and estates law. In 1968, Governor Raymond P. Shafer appointed Keppie the first state court administrator for the commonwealth. The senator moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1973 with wife Marie, wintering there until 1986, spending time in Yellowstone, at his summer cattle ranch and dude ranch. After the death of his wife, he moved to San Diego in 1992; then to Spearfish, South Dakota with his son Sam and wife Sammie. He lived independently until the age of 102. The senator died on January 6, 2008, aged 102, interred at Lloyd Cemetery, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania.
Obituary from the Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish, South Dakota