Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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On behalf of the justices of the Supreme Court, I want to pause for a moment to join all of the people of the state of Connecticut in mourning the death of former Governor, United States Senator, and Chief Justice Raymond E. Baldwin.
Raymond E. Baldwin compiled a record of public service that made him a giant of our generation. He fulfilled the duties and responsibilities of the highest of state offices with the firm dedication and determination that characterized his entire career.
Raymond E. Baldwin was 20th century Connecticut. His vision saw the coming tide for equality and, as governor, he established the first civil rights commission. He anticipated the need to create a state industrial training plan to prepare workers for jobs and subsequently for defense industries. His program established a statewide inventory of available workers and was so successful that it later became the model for a federal project. Under his leadership, Connecticut became know as the "arsenal of democracy" for its role in the production of armaments during World War II. He chaired the 1965 constitutional convention which rewrote the document that is the very foundation of our state government. He served on numerous state boards and commissions and epitomized the dedicated public official.
Raymond E. Baldwin was the only individual to have been honored to hold the three highest titles a state can confer: Governor, United States Senator, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Many people may find it surprising, given the fame and reputation he enjoyed, the powerful and influential people he knew, and the historic events he witnessed, that he would one day reflect on his career in public service by stating that his happiest years were those that he spent as a member of this court. However, to anyone who knew Ray Baldwin, this should not be surprising. His life was committed to serving the needs and interests of his state. He knew that to hold public office was an honor; that in directing the course of government he was able to have an influence on bringing to the people of his state the services which they deserved. He recognized that as a judge, on each and every day and in each and every case, he was able to touch people's lives and bring government to each citizen in his courtroom. He understood, furthermore, that writing an opinion in many ways resembles telling a story - and he was a superb storyteller.
Raymond E. Baldwin never stopped serving his state. His involvement in government lasted until past his 90th birthday, when he stepped down as an active state trial referee. Those of us who succeed him, in the judicial department, and throughout the state government, look to Raymond Baldwin's record of service as a standard to commitment and excellence that all of us should strive to emulate.
I hereby charge the Reporter of Judicial Decisions with taking whatever steps are necessary to make these remarks a part of the official record of the proceedings of this court and to see that these remarks are printed in the Connecticut Law Journal.[footer.htm]