March/April 2005 issue
In Memoriam: Judge J. Earl Cudd
On Wednesday, April 20,
2005, Judge J. Earl
Cudd, magistrate judge
for the District of Minnesota, died of
pneumonia. He was 75 years old.
Jonathan Earl Cudd was born in Richland Center,
Wisconsin in 1930 and grew up in Red Wing,
Minnesota. He received his law degree from the
University of Minnesota Law School in 1954.
After graduating he served in the U.S. Army from
1954 to 1956.
From 1956 to 1961 he practiced privately in
Minneapolis. In 1961 he became an Assistant U.S.
Attorney for the District of Minnesota. In 1963 he
was appointed as Solicitor General for the state of
Minnesota. In 1967 he returned to work as First
Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s
office, where he stayed until his appointment as a
U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of
Minnesota in 1973.
Judge Cudd retired in1995 but was recalled
annually to serve the court part-time. Chief Judge
James Rosenbaum described Judge Cudd as “a
consummate professional and a great lawyer.”
In his spare time Judge Cudd enjoyed horseback
riding. Every year for almost 30 years he traveled
to South Dakota to go on trail rides.
Judge Cudd is survived by his wife, Norma,
daughter, Karin and son, Jack.
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