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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