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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 209, page(s) 831


The Honorable Joseph A. Adorno, a retired Superior Court judge and a former state treasurer, died on December 30, 1988.

Born in Middletown, Judge Adorno graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. degree in 1933 and from Boston University Law School with an LL.D. and Doctor Jurisprudence degree in 1936.

Judge Adorno served three terms as state treasurer from 1947 to 1955. He was elected Probate Judge for the District of Middletown in 1953 and served as deputy state attorney general from 1955 to 1959.

In 1966, he was appointed a state Circuit Court judge. He was elevated to the Court of Common Pleas in 1975 and became a judge of the Superior Court in 1978. He remained on the bench until his retirement in 1982. He also served as a state trial referee in the Middletown area.

He served as president of both the Middlesex County and Middletown Bar Associations and was a charter member of the Connecticut Judges Association.

Judge Adorno is survived by his wife, Mary D'Apice Adorno; three daughters, Ann Marie Adorno, Mary Jane Adorno, and Joan Adorno; a sister, Constance Carolonza; and many nieces and nephews.