Bar association honors Samuel Kerr
STEUBENVILLE — Members of the Jefferson County Bar Association paused during Thursday’s meeting to remember the life and accomplishments of the late Samuel W. Kerr.
Kerr, who died Jan. 15 at the age of 80, served as a judge in the county court system for 45 years until his retirement in 2015. A proclamation recognizing his achievements “as an attorney, judge, mentor, husband, father and grandfather” was presented to his wife of 47 years, Emily, and members of their family during a luncheon at Scaffidi’s Restaurant and Tavern.
A graduate of Wintersville High School and a member of the school’s undefeated 1957 football team, which was coached by the late Robert Kettlewell, Kerr earned his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College and his law degree from Ohio State University. He officially became a lawyer in an unusual way — he learned he had passed the Ohio bar exam while serving as an artillery captain in Korea, and received his oath from Lt. Gen. Andrew J. Boyle during a training exercise.
After returning home, Kerr joined the law firm of Quinn, Adulewicz and Kerr. In 1970, he became judge in Dillonvale county court, a post he held until being elected probate and juvenile judge in 1980, a job he would serve in until his retirement in 2015.
An avid outdoorsman, Kerr was a member of the Amateur Trapshooting Association and the Jefferson County and Mingo sportsmans clubs. He also was member of the Ohio State Alumni Association, Jefferson County Fair Board, the Ohio State and Jefferson County bar associations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Elks Club, and was a retired member of the executive board at Oakview Residential Center.
Joe Corabi followed Kerr to the bench in the probate and juvenile court and served until his retirement in February, when Frank Noble took over the position.
Noble announced during the meeting that the annual juvenile court steak fry that had been hosted by Kerr will resume this year. The event will include a fundraising component with the proceeds going to some of Kerr’s favorite charities.
Also Thursday, bar association officers for 2021-22 were sworn in by Common Pleas Judge Michelle Miller. Officers include Eric M. Reszke, president; Bernard C. Battistel, first vice president; Craig J. Allen, second vice president; Adam M. Martello, secretary; Bruce M. Clark, treasurer; and Sara A. Gasser, Kristopher M. Haught and Maresa B. Taylor, members of the executive committee. Jane Hanlin is the outgoing president.