Deceased October 5, 2022
Harry J. Lehman passed away on Oct. 5, 2022. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated from Shaker Heights High School. At Amherst, he was a member of Psi Upsilon and served a term as its president. He had an early interest in public service, as a member of the Harlan Fisk Stone Law Society and with majors in political science and American studies. During college, he secured an internship on Capitol Hill at a time when there were only four Congressional interns.
Harry went on to Harvard Law School and then a served a tour with the Army Reserves. He led a life of distinguished service as a Cleveland attorney and legislator, serving in the Ohio House from 1970 to 1980, where, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he spearheaded major pieces of legislation. Named “most effective legislator” by Columbus Monthly magazine on multiple occasions, Harry worked diligently across the aisle with colleagues and governors from both parties.
After leaving the legislature in 1980, Harry helped found the Jones Day office in Columbus, where he was a partner until his retirement. He served on many state boards and commissions, appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors, allowing him to continue to engage in public service. Harry was also a bar examiner and an adjunct professor at Ohio State’s college of law, where he taught a class on legislation.
Harry was married to Linda Rocker, then for 42 years to Patty Steele. He is survived by Patty; his children, Sara (Mike) Laskey, Adam (Belinda) Lehman, Matt (Julie) Lehman and Ali (Kevin) Schill; and seven grandchildren. Harry was known for his boundless curiosity, dry wit, intelligence, warmth, intense work ethic, and dedication to his constituents and clients.
Sandy Gadsby ’57