Ralph H. Demmler

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Ralph H. Demmler : biography

August 22, 1904 – December 23, 1995

Ralph H. Demmler (August 22, 1904 December 23, 1995) was an American lawyer specializing in corporate banking law and an appointed United States government official.

Early life and education

He graduated from Allegheny College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Demmler earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh.

Personal life

Demmler died, age 91, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At his death, he was survived by Catherine, his wife of 66 years. Demmler was also survived by a son John H. Demmler and three grandchildren.


He began his law practice in Pittsburgh in 1928.

In 1943, Demmler joined the law firm Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and was elected a partner in 1948.

A member of the Republican Party, he served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) between June 1953 and 1955. Demmler had been appointed a member of the commission just earlier.Social Security Death Index.

From 1969 until 1980, he was an adviser on an American Law Institute project to codify federal securities laws.

In 1972, the SEC appointed Demmler to its Special Committee on Enforcement Policy.

Corporate directorships

During his career, he served as a member of the board of various corporations, including Duquesne Light, Sharon Steel and Hammermill Paper.