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Weston C. Overholt Jr., retired lawyer

Weston C. Overholt Jr., 84, of Glen Mills, a retired lawyer, died of pneumonia Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

Weston C. Overholt Jr., 84, of Glen Mills, a retired lawyer, died of pneumonia Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Riddle Memorial Hospital.

For more than 40 years, Mr. Overholt was associated with the firm Harper & Driver in Center City. His clients there included the Philadelphia Junior Chamber of Commerce.

He was senior partner at Harper & Driver when he left in 1998 to form Abbott & Overholt in Media with his nephew Jeffrey Abbott. He retired in 2006.

A native of Norwood, Mr. Overholt attended Glen-Nor High School, now Interboro, where he lettered in basketball, baseball, and track.

A day after graduating, he enlisted in the Navy. During World War II, he served in the Pacific as a signalman aboard the cargo ship Zanaih, which carried equipment to repair battle-damaged ships at sea. Mr. Overholt often told his family he grew up in the Navy.

After his discharge, he earned a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College. As a freshman, he was a starting player on the basketball team and held the school's single- game scoring record for decades, his family said. Mr. Overholt was later senior class president and a member of the Raven's Claw, an honor society.

While earning a degree from Dickinson Law School, he served on the law review and coached the Dickinson College freshman basketball team.

Since 1957, Mr. Overholt had been married to Mary Jo Einstein Overholt. They raised three sons in Upper Providence Township. Mr. Overholt was past president of the Media Boys Club and coached basketball for the club.

He was a member of the Dickinson College Sports Hall of Fame and was an active recruiter in Delaware County for the school's basketball program. He served on the Dickinson board of trustees from 1963 to 1971.

In 2008, he was inducted into the Interboro High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his professional accomplishments and service to the community.

Mr. Overholt vacationed in the summer with his family in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and was an excellent tennis player until his late 60s. He and his wife had lived at the Maris Grove retirement community since 2006.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons Scott, Kent, and Todd; a brother; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Maris Grove, 100 Maris Grove Way, Glen Mills.

Donations may be made to the Wes Overholt Youth Athletic Foundation, 246 Fitzwater St., Suite 10, Philadelphia 19147.