Ralph A. Gerra, steel special tax counsel
Ralph A. Gerra, 98, died March 6, 2018, in Bethlehem. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of Martin and Margaret Gerra of Brooklyn. He was the husband of the late Barbara Gerra for 64 years.
He graduated from Brooklyn Prep. He was the class valedictorian of and graduated with honors from Notre Dame University. He graduated with a law degree from Columbia Law School.
He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946, stationed in Adak, Alaska; and in the U.S. Naval Reserves until 1955.
He was an associate at Willkie, Farr and Gallagher, and then at Cravath, Swaine and Moore, both in Manhattan. He was worked from 1953 until he retired in 1982, for Bethlehem Steel as a tax attorney, during which he was elected in 1973 as general tax counsel. He then was special counsel at Lord, Day and Lord, New York City.
He was a member of the Bars of the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Tax Court, State of New York; and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Taxation and Policy committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. He was a president and director of the National Tax Association. He was a chairman of the Value Added Tax Committee of the ABA Section of Taxation.
He was a member of Phi Delta Phi, the University Club of New York, Saucon Valley Country Club and the Council of Stewards of the Diocese of Allentown.
He is survived by five children; eight grandchildren; a brother, Martin; a sister, Margaret; nieces; and nephews.
Contributions may be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 450 E. Washington Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18017; and /or Columbia Law School, c/o Development and Alumni Relations, 435 W.116 St., Box A-2, New York, N.Y. 10027.
Arrangements were made by Connell Funeral Home Inc., Bethlehem.