Benjamin M. Quigg Jr., partner in Phila. law firm

Posted: July 24, 2013

Benjamin M. Quigg Jr., 96, of Jenkintown, who worked his way up from office boy to become a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, died Sunday, July 7, of pneumonia at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

In 1935, after graduating from Northeast High School, Mr. Quigg joined the firm doing menial office work.

Once he saw that secretaries earned more money, though, he took shorthand and typing courses to qualify as a secretary while pursuing his education, said his wife, the former Patricia Pfeiffer.

In 1942, after five years of study, Mr. Quigg earned his bachelor's degree in business from Temple University. He was one of the first to graduate from Temple after taking all his classes at night.

In 1944, he graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He spent the next two years in the Navy, with berths in China and Japan.

Mr. Quigg then rejoined the law firm and rose to partner in 1956. His niche was defending Philadelphia companies against antitrust actions. He retired in 1986.

Born in Fishtown, Mr. Quigg had influence on the local and national level. He was a member of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Voluntary Defender Association of Philadelphia.

He endowed the Benjamin and Patricia Quigg Scholarship at the Michigan law school, and served as national chairman of the University of Michigan Law School Fund. In 1967, the fund raised $225,000.

"The success of the Law School Fund under your splendid leadership constitutes a record of achievement in which we all take pride," then-Dean Francis A. Allen wrote in an annual report posted online.

In addition to serving as president of Big Brothers Association of Philadelphia, Mr. Quigg was on the board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and was a trustee and chairman of the board of Presbyterian Medical Center from 1966 to 1988. He received numerous awards for such work.

Mr. Quigg also was active in the Pennsylvania Economy League and Inter-Church Child Care.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and for 40 years, ending in 1999, of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Foundation.

Mr. Quigg enjoyed traveling and running. He participated in races, including the Broad Street Run, during his 50s, 60s, and 70s.

He loved daffodils and would plant 100 new bulbs in front of the family home each year, his wife said. He would dig up the old bulbs and plant them in the woods.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by three nieces.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, 201 S. 21st St., Philadelphia 19103. A reception will follow the service. Interment is private.

Contributions may be made to the church.

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