Memorials

JOHN C. YOUNGMAN, JR.

In The Court Of Common Pleas Of Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, No. 13-2930

IN THE MATTER OF THE DEATH OF JOHN C. YOUNGMAN, JR., ESQUIRE

RESOLUTIONS OF THE COMMITTEE

TO THE HONORABLE JUDGES OF THE COURT:

The Committee appointed to prepare Resolutions memorializing the life of JOHN C. YOUNGMAN, JR. reports as follows:

  1. John Crawford Youngman, Jr., was born on March 24, 1934, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the son of John C. Youngman, Sr. and Ruth (Allen) Youngman. He died on Thursday, August 29, 2013, of Pick's Disease at Valley View Nursing Center, Montoursville, Pennsylvania.
  2. John was educated in the Williamsport Area School District, and graduated from the Williamsport Area High School in 1952. He was a member of the District IV winning basketball team and, upon his return to the Williamsport area to engage in the practice of law; he became a loyal fan and ardent supporter of the Williamsport Area High School basketball team, as well as other high school athletic teams.
  3. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1956, and his L.L.B. from the Harvard University Law School in 1959.
  4. In 1959, John commenced his law practice with his father's law firm, Candor, Youngman, Gibson and Gault.
  5. While the Candor, Youngman Firm was known primarily as an insurance defense firm, John became well known for his pursuit of product liability claims on behalf of injured individuals. John, and partner in the Candor Youngman Firm, Allen Ertel, were pioneers in the pursuit of product liability cases.
  6. In addition to admission to the Lycoming County and Pennsylvania Bars in 1959, John was admitted to the United States District Courts for the Middle District, Eastern District, and Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Circuit Court for the Third Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
  7. In October of 1985, John argued before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Bender vs. Williamsport Area School District. A group of high school students formed a religious club called "Petros" and requested permission to meet on school premises during school hours. The School Board denied the request and the students filed suit in the U.S. District Court. The District Court ruled in favor of the students. John filed an appeal with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals ruled in John's favor. In a 5-4 decision, the United States Supreme Court held that John lacked standing to appeal as an individual, as a member of the School Board and as a parent.
  8. John was an active and dedicated member of the Bar of Lycoming County, serving on the Executive Committee of the Lycoming Law Association from 1983 through 1990. and as President of the Lycoming Law Association in 1989.
  9. He was a member of many professional organizations including the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the American Bar Association. the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association and American Trial Lawyers Association.
  10. John was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was a Ruling Elder, a longtime member of the church choir, and a teacher of Sunday school students.
  11. In addition to his interest in singing, he was a dedicated fly fisherman on his beloved Antes Creek where he had a cottage.
  12. Surviving are his wife, Judith; four children, John C. Youngman, III (Betsie) of Pennsdale, Ashley France of Northampton. Mass., Adam C. Youngman (Cindy) of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Benjamin Antes Youngman of Boston, Mass.; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
  13. As a result of John's death, the Bar of Lycoming County has lost a respected member and most able advocate.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we, the undersigned, joined in by the Lycoming County Bar, do hereby recognize and continue to mourn the passing of John C. Youngman, Jr., and remember him as a unique gentleman who contributed greatly to the advancement of civil justice.

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER that this Court and this Bar do hereby extend to John C. Youngman, Jr's surviving family, our deep and heartfelt expression of sympathy.

AND BE IT RESOLVED FINALLY, that these Resolutions be spread at length upon the records of the Court of Common Pleas of Lycoming County, that they be published in the Lycoming Reporter and distributed to members of John's family.

Respectfully submitted,

John Pietrovito, Esquire

Ronald C. Travis, Esquire

John M. Humphrey, Esquire