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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 204, page(s) 814-815


The Hon. Henry J. DeVita, who served as a judge and later senior judge of the Superior Court from 1972 to 1982, died June 30, 1987, at the age of 74.

Judge DeVita was born in New Haven on August 26, 1912. He graduated from Yale University with a B.A. degree in 1933 and received his LL.B. degree from the Yale Law School in 1936. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year.

Judge DeVita, who was engaged in the private practice of law for nearly thirty years, served as an alderman in the city of New Haven from 1939 to 1955 and was president of the board from 1946 to 1950. He served as assistant prosecutor in the New Haven City Court from 1949 to 1955.

Judge DeVita became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1965 and was appointed to the Superior Court in 1972. He elected to become a senior judge of that court in 1978, holding that position until he became a state trial referee in 1982.