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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 227, page(s) 935


The Honorable Searls Dearington, a state referee and former judge of the Circuit Court, died on October 7, 1993, at the age of ninety.

Judge Dearington was a native of Malden, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and received his law degree from Boston University Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1932 and practiced law in Danielson, where he and his family lived from 1935 to 1987.

Judge Dearington served as clerk of the state House of Representatives between 1943 and 1947, and clerk of the Judiciary Committee of the legislature in 1951. He was a Windham County public defender for ten years and was appointed state's attorney in 1951. He was involved in community affairs for many years.

Judge Dearington was appointed to the Circuit Court in 1961 and later served in the Appellate Division. In that capacity, he personally authored 172 decisions. He became a state referee in 1973.