NJILGA - New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys

In Memoriam

Richard D. Dieterly, Esq.

“Dean of the Municipal Bar”

Richard D. Dieterly, 82, of Flemington, NJ, formerly of Clinton, NJ, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at his home in Flemington.  Born in Zainesville, Ohio, Richard grew up and attended high school in Middletown, Ohio.  He attended Yale University, graduating magna cum laude.  He was awarded a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1960.  He moved to Clinton upon taking a position with the law firm Gebhardt & Kiefer, where he worked for 55 years.  He served as counsel for numerous municipalities and planning boards in Hunterdon, Morris and Warren Counties.  His colleague and partner, Richard Cushing, referred to him as the “Dean of the Municipal Bar” in Hunterdon County.  (See Dick Cushing’s personal tribute*).  He also served on the North Hunterdon School Board and Hunterdon Art Museum Board of Trustees.  Richard loved the arts and was a longtime supporter of many museums and music foundations.  He was an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast.  Calling hours were held at the Martin Funeral Home in Clinton.  For further information, or to share memories with the family, visit:  martinfh.com    Donations in Dick’s honor may be made through In Memory Of for the Hunterdon Art Museum at:  inmemoryof-memorial.org


Former NJILGA Trustee, George B. Neidig Jr., 69, of Cape May Court House, died of cancer Friday, May 6, at home. 

Mr. Neidig, was a former Trustee of the Institute from Atlantic & Cape May Counties, and was also a former president of the Cape May County Bar Association. Click here for more information.



Gordon GriffinNJILGA Past President Gordon Dix Griffin, 96, died on Jan. 29, 2016, in Skillman.  Born in Detroit, he was a longtime resident of the Trenton and Princeton areas.  After graduating from Trenton High School and Princeton University, class of 1940, Gordon served as a forward observer in the US Army's 119th Field Artillery during World War II.  He participated in five campaigns in the European Theatre of Operations, including Normandy, The Rhineland, and The Ardennes.  He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star. Following the war, Gordon attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania on the GI bill.  A practicing attorney, he co-founded, along with the late Ralph Mason, the Princeton law firm of Mason, Griffin & Pierson, which went on to become the leading firm in the region it is today.  Gordon served for many years as the municipal attorney for the Township of Princeton and the Borough of Princeton.  In addition to his service as President of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, he was past president of the Mercer County Legal Aid Society, the Princeton Bar Association, and the Mercer County Bar Association.  He was a trustee of the Mercer County Bar Foundation.  Inspired by and sometimes in concert with his wife of 57 years, the late Sallie Fell Griffin who died in 1999, Gordon volunteered in many community organizations and institutions.  He was president of the Social Service Bureau of Princeton, the Princeton Lions Club, the New Jersey Unit of Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and the Rockingham Association.  He was a past trustee of the Nassau Club, the Westminster Choir College, and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.  Beloved by all who knew him, Gordon was a regular fixture at NJILGA’s Trustee Meetings. His wise counsel and cheerful presence will be sorely missed by all our members.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Princeton Senior Resource Center, 45 Stockton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540 or The D&R Greenway Land Trust, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton NJ 08540.


John Joseph McKniff, III, Esq., 66, of Wayne Township died Friday, January 29, 2016 as a result of complications from Primary Lateral Sclerosis. He was a former longtime Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys and Chairman of NJILGA’s Diplomate Program.  He graduated from Rutgers (Newark) with a degree in Political Science before receiving his Juris Doctorate from Delaware Law School where he was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.  While in college he became the youngest person to run for the office of State Assembly and City Council in Paterson.  After graduation he served as the City Attorney in Passaic for 10 years before becoming the Assistant City Attorney in Wayne for 25 years.  He served on the Board of the Passaic County Children's Shelter and was President of the Board of Directors of Catholic Family and Community.  He was a Diplomate of the Institute of Local Government Attorneys and worked tirelessly to have Municipal Law declared as a legal specialty.  In addition, he received the Gordon P. Griffin Award from the NJ Institute of Local Government Attorneys for excellence in Municipal Law.  He was proud of his 5 recorded decisions before the NJ State Supreme Court.  He was most proud of being known as "The Godfather," because if anyone needed his help, he gave it freely.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Holy Spirit Church or School, 330 Newark Pompton Tpk., Pequannock, NJ 07440 would be appreciated'

Michael A. Pane Ethics In Government Award To Be Preserved

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Following the recent untimely death of Michael A. Pane, Jr., arrangements have been made with the Pane family to continue the Michael A. Pane Ethics in Government Award. Read more 


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