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The Honorable Irving Levine, state trial referee, died on February 15, 1994, at the age of eighty-four.
Judge Levine was born in New Haven on February 22, 1909. He graduated from Hillhouse High School and Yale University, where he received his Ph.B. degree in 1930. He enrolled in the Boston University Law School, graduating in 1934 with an LL.B. degree. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year. He served in the Army Air Force in England in World War II.
Judge Levine began his practice with the law firm of Abram W. Spiro in 1934. He served as tax attorney in Danbury in 1948, a member of the Danbury town council from 1948 to 1949, and as a judge of the Danbury City Court from 1949 to 1951 and 1955 to 1959.
In 1961, he became a judge of the Circuit Court and sat as a member of the Appellate Division of that court. He was elevated to the Court of Common Pleas in 1967 and the Superior Court in 1968, on which he served until he became a state referee in 1979. During his career on the bench, he developed a reputation for being very helpful to young lawyers.