Miles Carston Gerberding


Miles Carston Gerberding



Miles Carston Gerberding was born in Decatur, Indiana, on October 25, 1930. A 1948 graduate of Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Gerberding enrolled at the Indiana University Fort Wayne Center before joining the United States Army. Upon his honorable discharge in 1952, he returned to Indiana and completed his education at the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Gerberding received his B.S. degree in 1954. He enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, prior to receiving his undergraduate degree, and received his LL.B. from the law school in 1956. While in law school he served as a Notes Editor for the Indiana Law Journal (v.30 and 31).

Gerberding began his legal career with the Fort Wayne firm of Nieter & Smith. He also practiced with the firm of Barrett, Barrett & McNagny in Fort Wayne, before joining the firm of Barnes & Thornburg. After 41 years of practice, Gerberding retired in 1997. During his long career, Gerberding served as president of the Indiana Bar Association (1979-80), as a fellow of the American College Trusts and Estates Counsel, and the American College of Tax Counsel.

In retirement, Gerberding stayed active as a pilot, as the president of the Benzie County (Michigan) Bar Association, and as the director of the United Way of Allen County. He was a member of the Indiana University School of Law Board of Visitors (1980-1986) and received the law school’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000.

Upon his death, in 2015, an Allen County Bar Association resolution stated - “Miles work ethic was unshakeable. . . . He was force: a brilliant strategist, a pillar of the local, state and national bar associations. . . . A person's title did not matter to Miles; each person was deserving of respect. . . . Miles' legal career was remarkable for his achievements and awards, but it was best exemplified by the utmost respect for all he encountered and by his unwavering service to his clients."


Maurer Alumni, Distinguished Service Award, Board of Visitors


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