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Theodore Peter Wittschen, attorney (retired), was born March 15, 1885, in New York City, New York; the son of John and Antoinette (Martin) Wittschen.

            Graduated from Hastings College of Law, University of California, in May of 1910 with his LL.B. degree. Admitted to the California State Bar on June 1, 1910, and commenced practice in Oakland.

            From 1914 to 1922 Mr. Wittschen served in the district attorney’s office, Alameda County, California, first as deputy, then chief deputy, and later as assistant district attorney. In 1922 he resigned to become chief counsel for Mill & Lux, Inc., San Francisco. Then in 1925 he became chief counsel for East Bay Municipal Utility District, Oakland.

            Mr. Wittschen was elected to Board of Governors of State Bar of California in 1932 and re-elected in 1934; served as chairman of Budget and Efficiency Committee during the 1937 Legislative Session and was chairman of the Legislative Committee; served as president from September 1935 to September 1936.

            Member of Phi Delta Phi (legal) Fraternity; The Oakland Forum (past president); Alameda County Tuberculosis Association (past president); Athenian-Nile Club of Oakland and Oakland Lions’ Club (past president).

            Mr. Wittschen married Alice Mary Sandford July 29, 1914 (died in 1947); children: Katherine Alice (Mrs. Robert T. Eshleman), born in 1915; Antoinette Margaret (Mrs. John Henry Adams), born in 1917; Theodore Peter, Jr. (Ensign with United States Naval Reserve, who died in the Battle of Tassafaronga in the Solomons on December 1, 1942, at the age of twenty-two); Mary Eleanor (Mrs. Anton Bus), born in 1928.

            Residence:  1209 Bay Street, Alameda, California.




Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: “Eminent Californians 1953”, by Lee E. Johnson & C. W. Taylor. Page 303, C. W. Taylor Publ., Palo Alto, California, 1953.

© 2014  Cecelia M. Setty.











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