Thomas Terputac

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Thomas J. Terputac
Judge of the Washington County Courts of Common Pleas
In office
Succeeded by Paul Pozonsky [1]
Personal details
Born(1927-01-27)January 27, 1927
Died June 24, 2014(2014-06-24) (aged 87)
Residence Washington County, Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Pittsburgh

Thomas J. Terputac (January 11, 1927 - June 26, 2014) . He was a former judge of the Courts of Common Pleas in Washington County, Pennsylvania. [2] [3]

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He attended University of Pittsburgh, graduating in 1953. [4] He became judge in 1979. [5] In June 2004, he was honored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association with their "50-year Member Award." [6] In 2007, he received the "Clarity Award" from the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Plain English Committee for "the use of clear writing by legal professionals," awarded in part for his authorship of a book on legal writing. [4]

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He took senior status at the age of 70, with his seat on the bench filled by Paul Pozonsky. [1] In 2007, he retired from the court after 28 years as a judge. [5]

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  1. 1 2 Jones, Mike (May 23, 2013). "Pozonsky's judicial career filled with accolades, Controversy". Observer-Reporter . Archived from the original on May 29, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  2. "Court of Common Pleas". Washington County. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  3. "Thomas J. Terputac (1927 - 2014)". Observer-Reporter. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
  4. 1 2 "Homecoming: Spotlight on Alumni". Pitt Magazine. University of Pittsburgh. Winter 2007. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  5. 1 2 Metz, Linda (October 6, 2007). "Terputac leaving bench behind". Observer-Reporter . Retrieved 2010-09-15. There soon will be one fewer judge in the Washington County Courthouse. Senior Judge Thomas J. Terputac will be hanging up his robe permanently at the end of the year after a legal career of 53 years, including 28 years as a judge in Washington County. Terputac turned 80 in 1997 January but was permitted by the state Supreme Court to continue serving as senior judge through the end of 2007...
  6. "PENNSYLVANIA LAWYERS HONORED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA BAR ASSOCIATION". Pennsylvania Bar Association. June 1, 2004. Retrieved 2010-09-15.