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Retired Chief Justice Dead At 80

June 5, 1987

ERIE, Pa. (AP) _ Retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Samuel J. Roberts, who served on the court for 21 years, died Friday at age 80.

Roberts, who retired in January 1984 after one year as chief justice, died at Hamot Medical Center, said Martha Songer, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Roberts became a judge Sept. 15, 1952, when he was sworn in as president judge of the Erie County Orphans’ Court.

He received a bachelor’s degree from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce at the University of Pennsylvania in 1928 and received a law degree in 1931 from Penn, where he was editor of Law Review.

Before becoming a judge, Roberts practiced law and served as an assistant district attorney. He served as a lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Roberts is survived by his wife, Marian, a daughter and two grandchildren.

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