Stanley W. Root, Jr., a prominent lawyer, former president of the Union League of Philadelphia, Army veteran, and avid golfer died on Wednesday, July 8, at the age of 92.

Mr. Root attended Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He joined Ballard Spahr in 1969 and practiced law there until his retirement in 1992. He is survived by his wife and law school classmate, Joan, and their two children. Mr. Root was a member of the St. Paul Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill.

Mr. Root was known for his lifelong commitment to country. He was born at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1944 after completing Officer Candidate School. He served as a battery officer and in the 751st Field Artillery Battalion during World War II, earning a Bronze Star.

Mr. Root was recalled to active duty in 1950 for service during the Korean War, serving as a captain in the 108th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea. He later transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps. When he retired from active military service in 1965, Mr. Root had reached the rank Division Judge Advocate General. After returning home to Chestnut Hill, his patriotism led him to the Union League of Philadelphia, where he was elected president. During his tenure, Mr. Root was actively involved in ending the all-male membership requirement at the club.

Mr. Root was also known as an outstanding and avid athlete who excelled in several sports. While serving in Germany during World War II, he helped organize and command the Gersfeld Ski Center. He was proud to say that he had played at more than 100 golf courses throughout the world, including Pine Valley, Merion, and St. Andrews. At the time of his death, Mr. Root was living at The Hill at Whitemarsh.

Memorial services for Mr. Root will be held at 3 p.m. July 19 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia.

Donations may be made to the Walter W. Root Arborist Internship Foundation at the Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania, 100 Northwestern Ave., Phila., PA 19118.