Frederick Yothers Dietrick


In the matter of the death of Frederick Yothers Dietrick.

To the Honorable, the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County:

Frederick Yothers DietrickThe Committee appointed by the President Judge of the Honorable Court to prepare an appropriate Minute upon the death of Frederick Yothers Dietrick, Esquire, submit the following:

Minute by the Court and Bar of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, upon the death of Frederick Yothers Dietrick, Esquire.

The Court and Bar have received the announcement of the death of Frederick Yothers Dietrick, Esquire, on December 10, 1975, with most sincere regret and profound sorrow.

Frederick Yothers Dietrick was born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on October 16, 1908. He was the son of Floy L. Dietrick and Fred C. Dietrick. His father was a former manager of the Williamsport Country Club and the Manufacturers Club of Milton, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Dietrick was educated in the public schools of Milton. He was graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1928, Princeton University in 1932 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1938. He was admitted to the Lycoming County Bar in 1939, and was thereafter admitted to practice in the Supreme and Superior Courts of Pennsylvania, and the Federal Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

After his admission to the Bar, he worked in the office of the late J. Fred Katzmaier, Esquire, until he enlisted in the Armed Forces of the United States in World War II on July 16, 1942. He received an Honorable Discharge on August 14, 1944, at which time he returned to the practice of law, working in the office of the late Thomas Wood, Esquire. In November, 1945, he associated with Harry C. Fithian, Jr., Esquire, in sharing office space, which association continued up to the time of his death.

He was honored by his associates in the law by his election in 1965 to the presidency of the Lycoming County Law Association. At the time of his death he was Solicitor for the Borough of Montoursville, several townships, and for some years, Solicitor for the Prothonotary of Lycoming County. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Dietrick was a member of Milton Lodge No. 256 F. & A. M. and the Williamsport Consistory. He was a member of the cast of the 24th degree in the Consistory.

He was active in the formation of the Young Men’s Bureau, later known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce and served a term as its President. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Lycoming County. He was a member of the Ross Club and at one time served as its Secretary. He was Commander of Garrett Cochran Post No. 1, American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania, in 1947, until he was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in 1948 by the newly elected District Attorney, Lee B. Lansberry, Esquire.

In 1973 he was named “Boss of the Year” by the Penn Laurel Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association.

Mr. Dietrick was an active member of the Church of Our Savior of Montoursville and served his Church as a vestryman.

He is survived by his widow, the former June E. Connor, two sons, Douglas A. Dietrick and Donald F. Dietrick, and three grand children.

As a lawyer, Mr. Dietrick exemplified the best ethics of the profession and made its best traditions his own. He never forgot the oath he took when admitted to the Bar, and never sought means of avoiding it. He never failed to respond to any demand upon his time, his talents or his means, that he believed would promote the advancement and prosperity of his fellow citizens.

Whether we see Mr. Dietrick as a lawyer, citizen, or as a man, he demonstrated his feeling of responsibility to those with whom he came in contact. This Bar and this community have sustained a great loss by his death.

The Court and the Bar extend to his widow and his children their deepest sympathy and heartfelt sorrow in this, the hour of  their sore bereavement.

Respectfully submitted,

Seth McCormick Lynn
J. Frederick Gehr
Robert C. Wise
Clinton W. Smith
Harry C. Fithian, Jr., chairman

Upon motion duly seconded, the above and foregoing Minute was unanimously adopted.


AND NOW, to wit, December 12, 1975, it is ordered that the Minute adopted at the meeting of the Court and Bar this day relative to the death of Frederick Yothers Dietrick, be entered at length on the Minutes of the Court, and that a certified copy of the same under the seal of the Court be presented to the family of the deceased.