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Court of Appeals Judge Jones dies of heart attack
Posted By Jessica Bakeman On November 6, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Other | Comments Disabled
A judge on New York’s high court has died.
It is unclear whether he died late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
Jones had served on the court since 2007, when he was elected by Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, the former Joan Sarah Hogans, and two children: Wesley Jones, a software engineer; and Theodore T. Jones, III, Esq., according to a biography on the court’s website.
This is the first time that a sitting court judge has died since the state adopted the appointment system in 1977. Prior to that, judges were elected.
The Court is working to clarify how Jones’ seat should be filled, according to state law, Spokesman Gary Spencer said.
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman issued the following statement Tuesday morning regarding his colleague’s death:
“The Court mourns the passing last night of our dear colleague and friend, Theodore T. Jones. Judge Jones was a jurist of great talent, intellect and compassion. He was also the gentlest of men with a wonderful sunny disposition, great warmth and empathy for all. Ted Jones had a smile and a laugh that captivated the Court and the entire legal community. His achievements as a judge, a lawyer and human being could not be more noteworthy. He served his country with honor and distinction during the Vietnam War and that experience was so much a part of who he was as a person. New York has lost a singular jurist and a magnificent human being and the Court of Appeals and the entire Judiciary have lost an irreplaceable friend, who we all so dearly loved. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to his wife, Joan, and the entire Jones family in this time of sorrow.”
Jones was born in Brooklyn and attended public schools in New York City, according to his biography. He graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, Va., in 1965 with a bachelor’s in history and political science.
He served on active duty with the United States Army from 1967 to 1969, during which he was stationed in Vietnam and attained the rank of captain.
He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens in 1972.
In January 2007, Jones was nominated by newly-elected Spitzer to the state Court of Appeals. After Senate confirmation in February, he was sworn in as an associate judge.
At the time of his death, Jones was a member of the Board of Trustees of St. John’s University, the Board of Directors of St. John’s University School of Law and the Board of Directors of Judicial Friends. He also served as the co-chair of the Justice Task Force and the chairman of the Diversity Committee of the Court of Appeals. He previously served as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Appellate Division Second Department.
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