At 90, Delco assistant D.A. still at it

Vram "Ned" Nedurian, an assistant district attorney in the Delco DA's office, surprised by colleagues who will help him celebrate 50 years of service. Nedurian, a WWII vet who was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, was appointed in 1964 and has worked for 10 different district attorneys at the Courthouse in Media Pa., Friday March 14, 2014. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )
Vram "Ned" Nedurian, an assistant district attorney in the Delco DA's office, surprised by colleagues who will help him celebrate 50 years of service. Nedurian, a WWII vet who was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, was appointed in 1964 and has worked for 10 different district attorneys at the Courthouse in Media Pa., Friday March 14, 2014. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )
Posted: March 15, 2014

MEDIA His colleagues marvel at Vram S. "Ned" Nedurian's efficiency and expertise.

"He handles twice as many cases as any of the other attorneys," said John F.X. Reilly, a deputy Delaware County district attorney.

But what is perhaps most remarkable about Nedurian is his age: 90.

And on Friday, he was at the center of a closely guarded secret in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office.

For weeks, colleagues had been planning his 50th work-anniversary celebration. Late Friday morning, 200 friends, attorneys, judges and coworkers jammed into the council meeting room to honor Nedurian, who thought he was there to attend a mandatory staff meeting.

When the shock of the moment wore off, Nedurian held up his Delaware County employee badge and read off his actual start date. "Three, two, '64," he said, laughing.

A West Philadelphia High School graduate, Nedurian served with the Ninth Infantry Division in World War II and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He and three other men were carrying a wounded comrade on a stretcher when a German shell hit in the trees above them. "I was the only one that survived," said Nedurian, who suffered a shrapnel wound near his heart.

After the war, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 1946 and Dickinson School of Law in 1950. He worked in private practice and served as a district judge in Newtown Square.

In 1964 he joined the District Attorney's Office and three years later married his wife, Sylvia. "She was my secretary," he said.

Nedurian now works in the appeals division.

"I don't think there is another D.A. in the state that can say they have served for 50 long years," said District Attorney Jack Whelan.

"I am thrilled to be here," Nedurian said. As for a retirement date, he said: "I am not retiring."


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