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The Hon. Thomas J. O'Donnell, whose career as a jurist included six years as a judge of the Superior Court, died on April 16, 1987, at the age of 73.
Born on March 23, 1914, Judge O'Donnell was a lifelong resident of Bristol. He received his B.S. degree from Niagara University in 1936 and his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1939. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1940.
He served as prosecutor of the City Court of Bristol from 1947 to 1949 and as corporation counsel for the city of Bristol from 1951 to 1952. He also was engaged in the private practice of law from 1947 until his appointment as a Judge of the Circuit Court in 1973. He joined the Court of Common Pleas in 1974 and became a judge of the Superior Court in 1978.
Judge O'Donnell became a senior judge in February, 1984, and a state trial referee in September of that year.