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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 209, page(s) 833


The Honorable Samuel S. Googel, a retired Superior Court judge and former minority and majority leader in the state House of Representatives, died on September 16, 1988.

Judge Googel stepped down from the bench in the late 1970s, but continued to serve as a state referee until 1987. He was named a Superior Court judge in 1966 after serving as chief judge on the Court of Common Pleas.

He was state representative from New Britain in the 1931, 1933, 1955, 1957 and 1959 sessions of the General Assembly. He was elected minority leader in 1957 and majority leader in 1959. He was the first Democratic majority leader in eighty-two years.

Born in Orsa, Russia, Judge Googel arrived at Ellis Island as a child. He attended New Britain schools, the Bentley School of Accounting and Finance and Brooklyn Law School.

Judge Googel is survived by two sons, Jonathan Googel and Fredric Googel; a daughter, Susan Cramer; a brother, Simon Googel; a sister, Esther White; and six grandchildren.