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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 207, page(s) 813


The honorable Joseph E. Klau, of Bloomfield, who served as a judge of the Superior Court for fifteen years, died May 10, 1988, at the age of eighty-five.

Judge Klau was born in New York city on July 25, 1902, and was educated in the Hartford school system. He graduated in 1924 from Harvard College with a B.A. degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and received his LL.B. degree from the Harvard Law School three years later. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1927.

Judge Klau became a judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1941. Two years later, he returned to private practice until his appointment to the Court of Common Pleas in 1957. He became a judge of the Superior Court in 1959, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1972. He served as a state trial referee for many years until shortly before his death.