Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2017 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1947

Attorney/Judge/Community Leader


Professional

  • Admitted Supreme Court of Ohio - 1955
  • Practicing Attorney - 1955-1985
  • Admitted United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio - 1962
  • Admitted Supreme Court of United States - 1967
  • Admitted United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit - 1984
  • Acting Substitute Judge - Alliance Municipal Court - 1978-1985
  • Stark County Probate Court Judge - 1985-2003
  • Retired Assigned Judge - 2003-2016

Honors/Awards

  • Alliance Jaycees - Distinguished Service Award - 1970
  • Canton Ex-Newsboys Hall of Fame - 1989
  • Ohio Association of Probate Judges - Meritorious Service Award - 1990-2003
  • Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Award - Pope John Paul II - 2000
  • Treat Award - National College of Probate Judges - 2003
  • Lex Christi Award - Diocese of Youngstown - 2005
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Ohio Association of Probate Judges - 2011
  • Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence - 2015
  • Appointed by Governor Richard Celeste (1988-1989) to Revise Ohio Guardianship Laws
  • Appointed by Governor George Voinovich (1995-1996) to Revise Ohio Adoption Laws

Community Involvement

  • Officer and Director - Alliance Jaycees
  • Director - Alliance Rotary Club
  • President - Alliance Automobile Club
  • President - Mount Union College Alumni Association - 1973-1974
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees - Emmaus Residence for Retired Priests - 1978-1997
  • Treasurer - City of Alliance - 1966-1974
  • Alliance Board of Education - 1974-1982

Education

  • Washington High School - 1947
  • Mount Union College - BS - 1951
  • Western Reserve University School of Law - LLB - 1955

Professional Affiliations

  • Ohio State Bar Association - Member, Probate, Trust & Estate Planning Section (50 years)
  • American Bar Association - Member, Probate & Trust Law Section (50 years)
  • Stark County Bar Association - President - 1985
  • Ohio Association of Probate Judges - President - 1997-1999
  • National College of Probate Judges - President - 1998
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