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The Honorable Norton M. Levine, state trial referee, whose judicial career spanned more than twenty-four years, passed away on November 9, 1991.
Judge Levine was born in New Haven on August 10, 1917. He graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1933 and Yale College, where he earned his B.A. degree in 1937. While at Yale, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Judge Levine earned his law degree from the Yale Law School in 1940 and was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Levine served two terms as the Democratic majority leader of the board of aldermen in New Haven and was a special assistant to the city's corporation counsel from 1953 to 1957. He served as Assistant Democratic Counsel to the state Constitutional Convention of 1965.
Judge Levine was appointed a judge of the Circuit Court in 1967. He was elevated to the Court of Common Pleas in 1969 and to the Superior Court in 1978. He elected to become a senior judge in 1982 and became a state trial referee on August 10, 1987. He served as a state trial referee until his death.