In Memoriam - April 2018

Former Judge George L. Barron of Tyrone died on February 21, 2018. Judge Barron, a US Navy Veteran, served as Municipal Court Judge in East Point, College Park and Hapeville until his retirement in 2010. He was a 1973 graduate of Woodrow Wilson School of Law.

• Former Judge Robert F. Dolph of Jonesboro died on February 21, 2018. Judge Dolph spent 31 years working for the Clayton County School System prior to his 1998 appointment as a magistrate judge in Clayton County; he retired in 2016. Judge Dolph served in the US Marine Corps Reserves from 1955 to 1963. He earned a Ph.D. from GSU in Educational Administration and Leadership and graduated from GSU School of Law.

Former Judge A.J. Welch of McDonough died on March 23, 2018.  Judge Welch, a Walter F. George School of Law graduate, served as juvenile court judge in the Flint Judicial Circuit for 38 years. The Henry County Judicial Center was dedicated in his honor in 2009.

Former Judge Joseph F. Murphy of Ellijay died on April 1, 2018. Judge Murphy served as Magistrate Judge of Gilmer County from 1994 until 2017.

Judge Ellen Pierce, Chief Magistrate, Putnam County, died on April 1, 2018 as a result of a car wreck.  Judge Pierce worked as an attorney in Atlanta prior to moving to Putnam County. She was appointed Chief Magistrate in 1996 and subsequently re-elected.

Judge Sherri Thurmond Smith of Bogart died on April 11, 2018 following a battle with cancer. Judge Smith served as Magistrate Judge of Jackson County for 21 years prior to being elected Chief Magistrate in 2016.



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