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The Honorable Thomas J. O'Sullivan, of Orange, died on June 3, 1996, at the age of eighty-two. Judge O'Sullivan was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas in 1967 and was elevated to the Superior Court in 1969. He took senior judge status in 1979 and reached the mandatory retirement age of seventy in 1984.
After receiving his B.A. from Yale College in 1935, Judge O'Sullivan received his L.L.B. from the Yale University School of Law in 1938 and was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year.
Judge O'Sullivan had a varied legal career, including trial attorney for the New Haven Railroad, corporation counsel for the city of Derby, and prosecutor for the city of Shelton. He began his career on the bench as a judge of the City Court of Derby from 1945 to 1946 and became a judge of the Town Court of Orange from 1950 to 1951 and from 1955 to 1961.
Judge O'Sullivan served on a number of elected boards and commissions in his home town of Orange, including the charter commission of the board of selectmen, the board of tax review, the board of zoning appeals and the Amity regional school board.
Judge O'Sullivan was married to the former Margaret Hession and was the father of five children.