Symington P. Landreth, Jr.
Symington P. Landreth, Jr., Sigma, 1929, Phi Alpha 1961-1962
Symington P. Landreth, Jr., Sigma, 1929, was a prominent Philadelphia attorney and long-time legal advisor to Zeta Psi and the Zeta Psi Educational Foundation. He was born and raised in Bristol, Pennsylvania, where his family owned the Landreth Seed Co., which was founded in 1784 and still operates today.
Brother Landreth was a partner in the law firm of Landreth and Pepper, formerly Rambo, Knox and Landreth. He earned his law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1936 and served as an assistant city attorney from 1944-1952. Before going into the practice of law, Brother Landreth was a salesman at the John Wanamaker department store and Swain and Company, investment bankers. He was a director of Union Paving Company.
Long active in civic affairs, he was a member of the Society of the Colonial Wars, Sons
of the Revolution and the Welcome Society. He was proud to be the 7th in descent from
Major General John Bradstreet. He was a member of the Hamilton and Right Angle
“Sym” was active for decades in the Philadelphia Association of Zeta Psi and served for
a time as its president. According to the Zeta Psi Double Diamond Jubilee publication,
1997, Brother Landreth “was more than just an active elder. He was a legend in his
own time. If a Zete from another chapter visited Philadephia, he always knew that Sym
would be there to entertain him.”
His son, Symington P. Landreth III, was also a Sigma Zete.
In 1964, Brother Landreth was presented with Zeta Psi’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award.