Stanley E. Gever, 86, a Philadelphia attorney and World War II veteran, died Feb. 2.
A graduate of West Philadelphia High School, the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Gever served four years in the Office of Naval Intelligence for the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet Air Force at Pearl Harbor, where he planned battle strategy.
As an attorney from 1951 to 2006, Gever represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a varied type of practice, both civil and criminal, in matters involving negligence law, domestic relations, estates and wills, and corporate and commercial practices. He also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
He served as Chief Deputy Sheriff of the City of Philadelphia from 1972 to 1976, where he administered and supervised some 250 deputies and clerical personnel, as well as determined policy decisions.
Gever was a speaker and lecturer at the Philadelphia Police Academy, Temple University and the Philadelphia Court Employees Training Program.
He was active in Democratic politics for many years and won many awards for his work in the community, including service to the American Jewish Congress, Twenty-One Jewel Square Club, B'nai B'rith and the Jewish War Veterans.
Gever is survived by his wife, the former Norma Staroff; daughters Marcia Gever, Sandra Miller and Andrea McCusker; sister Blanche Harman; and a grandson.
Memorial donations can be sent to: the Hatikvah Chapter of Hadassah, 1518 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 325 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.