- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 5, 2008

Edmund E. Pendleton Jr., a lawyer, died May 20, of pancreatic cancer at his home in McLean. He was 85.

Mr. Pendleton, a member of the D.C. bar, practiced international law in the private sector for more than 40 years, representing foreign governments and companies engaged in foreign commerce. He served as confidential assistant to the secretary of agriculture and as counsel to a Senate Government Operations subcommittee in the Eisenhower administration. Mr. Pendleton was a consultant to the Departments of Defense, Commerce and Interior; Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Information Agency.

After his retirement in 1990, Mr. Pendleton became a consultant to nongovernmental organizations working in less-developed countries. He downsized the structure of American commodity futures exchanges and promoted and assisted the development of spot (cash) exchanges in Romania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and other countries.

Mr. Pendleton received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in September 1942 and joined the Army a month later. After three years of military service, he entered Georgetown Law School and earned his degree in 1948. Continuing his studies at George Washington School of Law, in 1951 he received a master of law degree with the specialty in international law.

A Washington resident for 70 years, Mr. Pendleton was born in St. Louis, Texas. His grandfather, George C. Pendleton, served as lieutenant governor of Texas and in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Always interested in politics, Mr. Pendleton joined the Young Republicans while attending law school and became president of the D.C. Young Republican Club. He was an organizing member of Capitol Hill staff establishing Republicans Associated for Mutual Security in 1959. He served his apprenticeship as a precinct chairman in the District and was elected chairman of the D.C. Republican Committee in 1969. He was a member of the Republican National Committee from 1972 to 1976. While serving on the national committee, he nominated George H.W. Bush to succeed Spiro Agnew as President Nixon’s vice president.

Mr. Pendleton was a member of the Central Suffrage Conference seeking congressional representation and D.C. home rule. Working with Sen. Everett Dirksen, Illinois Republican, he drafted the legislation that created the D.C. Council and guaranteed political minorities a seat on the council.

A member of Covenant First Presbyterian Church since 1948, he served as a trustee with the committee that obtained Presbyterian General Assembly designation of the congregation as the National Presbyterian Church. When his church moved from Dupont Circle to Wesley Circle, Mr. Pendleton was the youngest member of the Building Committee. He was a Sunday school teacher and an elder. He initiated creation of a columbarium at his church.

Mr. Pendleton was a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve, the American Foreign Service Association, the National Press Club and the Chevy Chase Club.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Kyoko Makino Pendleton; four daughters from his first marriage, which ended in divorce: Junia Baker of Singapore, Mary Jo Pendleton of Wilmington, N.C., Lucille Seaton of Jacksonville, Fla. and Margaret Humphrey of Pacifica, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

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