Remembering Thomas Lane Anderson, Retired Lawyer, and Renaissance Man


Thomas Lane Anderson was a maritime lawyer who traveled the world.
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Thomas Lane Anderson was a maritime trial lawyer, world traveler and an expert on literature and music and an art collector.

The Duke of Ardmore, also known as Thomas Lane Anderson, was described as a man of “warmth, wit, and wisdom,” writes Gary Miles for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Thomas Anderson, formerly of Ardmore, who grew up in Drexel Hill, died Oct. 19. He was 83.

Mr. Anderson was a longtime maritime trial lawyer and had been a managing partner at the Philadelphia firm of Rawle & Henerson.

He was an expert on classical literature and music, a philosopher, and an art collector.

He represented some of the world’s largest shipping lines and federal maritime cases between 1964 and 1990.

“A formidable courtroom opponent, Mr. Anderson reveled while presenting cases to juries and was universally respected by jurists and lawyers,” his family said in an online tribute.

Mr. Anderson visited England, Spain, Russia, and elsewhere and had friends and adventures around the world, said his niece Christine Mayock.

Some of his book collections and artwork were featured in Philadelphia Magazine and displayed at Rawle & Henderson

He worked part-time as a literary advisor and lecturer at Barnes & Noble bookstores in Bryn Mawr and Devon.

Mr. Anderson organized discussion groups for local schools, introducing movies, operas, plays, and more. Find out more about the life of Thomas Lane Anderson in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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