After receiving his law degree in 1950, he began his law
practice with Herbert C. Nelson, the first black man to serve in the
Montgomery County Bar Association. He became a founder and partner in
the firm of Gerber, Davenport and Wilenzik in Norristown, PA.
He was appointed Assistant District Attorney of
Montgomery County in 1955.
He was elected Judge of Montgomery County Court of
Common Pleas in 1975, becoming its first black member. In 1985 he
successfully ran for retention to a second 10 year term. He became a
senior judge in 1989 when he was forced to retire from his full-time
post on his 70th birthday.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1941 at the time he was
attending college and served during World War II from 1941-1945. He was
commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Pacific Theater, including tours
of Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal.
High School Activities
Member of the Football and Track teams.
Post High School Education and Activities
Attended Johnson C. Smith College, Charlotte, NC for 3
1/2 years. Graduated Howard University, Washington, D.C. with B.A.
Degree, 1946. Received a master degree in Economics, University of
Pennsylvania, 1947. Earned L.L.B. Degree (now S.D.), University of
Served as Director of the Norristown Art League and the
Salvation Army; past member of the Norristown School Board; Solicitor to
the merged Norristown Area School District from 1966-1975 as well as to
other educational and political organizations.
President of the Pennsylvania School Board Solicitors
Director of the Norristown Branch of the American Red
He holds membership in the Johnson Fisher Post, VFW, and
a Washington, D.C. post of the American Legion.
He is active in Republican politics and various phases
of the Montgomery Bar Association's work and also that of the
Pennsylvania Bar Association. He is a member of the Banisters Law Club
He is a member and solicitor of Siloam Baptist Church,
He resides with his wife Alice in West Norriton
Township; they are the parents of three daughters and a son.