Ralph H. Demmler
|Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission|
June 27, 1953 – May 25, 1955
|President||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Preceded by||J. Howard Rossbach|
|Succeeded by||J. Sinclair Armstrong|
|Born||August 22, 1904|
|Died||December 23, 1995 (aged 91)|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
|Political party||Republican Party|
|Children||John H. Demmler|
|Alma mater||Allegheny College |
University of Pittsburgh
|Occupation||Lawyer and appointed United States government official|
Ralph H. Demmler (August 22, 1904 – December 23, 1995) was an American lawyer – specializing in corporate banking law – and chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from June 1953 to May 1955.
He graduated from Allegheny College, where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Demmler earned his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
He began his law practice in Pittsburgh in 1928.
In 1943, Demmler joined the law firm Reed Smith Shaw & McClay and was elected a partner in 1948.
A member of the Republican Party, he served as chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) between June 1953 and 1955. Demmler had been appointed a member of the commission just earlier.
From 1969 until 1980, he was an adviser on an American Law Institute project to codify federal securities laws.
In 1972, the SEC appointed Demmler to its Special Committee on Enforcement Policy.
During his career, he served as a member of the board of various corporations, including Duquesne Light, Sharon Steel and Hammermill Paper.
Demmler died, age 91, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At his death, he was survived by Catherine, his wife of 66 years. Demmler was also survived by a son John H. Demmler and three grandchildren.