Jerry graduated from the Pingry School and cum laude at Princeton, where he majored in political science. He was a member of Colonial Club and president of the Glee Club in 1956. After Princeton Jerry earned a law degree from Michigan Law School and began his distinguished legal career at Carpenter, Bennett & Morrissey in Newark, N.J.
He later formed the law firm of Graham, Curtin in Morristown, N.J. Jerry was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, New Jersey state chair and regent, and a trustee of the College Foundation. In 2010 he received the trial bar award from the Trial Attorneys of New Jersey.
Jerry lived in Harding Township, N.J., and was active in local government, serving on many boards. Passionate about the law, a brilliant and accomplished litigator, he also was a platform-paddle tennis enthusiast and was instrumental in starting the NJMPL classic tournament. The New Jersey trophy is named the Graham Cup in his honor.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Tine Kirkland Graham; his children, Victoria Chadick, Kirkland DeLaney, Stuart Maxwell Graham, and Jerome J. Graham III; his sisters, Joan Hauck and Judy McClellan; sister-in-law Ann Bullen; seven grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.