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Court of Appeals Biographies



ROBERT C. MURPHY. Court of Appeals, 1972 — ; Chief
Judge. Born in Baltimore, October 9, 1926. Attended Forest
Park. High School; University of Maryland; University of Mary-
land School of Law, LL.B., 1951. Admitted to the Maryland
Bar, 1952. Member, American and Maryland State Bar
Associations. Special assistant attorney general, assistant attor-
ney general, deputy attorney general, and attorney general of
Maryland, 1956-1967. Chief judge, Court of Special Appeals,
1967-1972. Member, Board of Trustees of the State Colleges,
1970-1971; Chairman, Constitutional Commission on Judicial
Disabilities, 1971 - 1972; chairman, Maryland Hall of Records
Commission. Member, Governor's Commission on Law Enforce-
ment and Administration of Justice. Honorary Doctor of Laws,
University of Maryland; honorary membership in the Order of
Coif, University of Maryland School of Law. Marned; 3 chil-

HARRY A. COLE. Court of Appeals, 1977 —.
Born in Washington, D.C., January 1, 1921. Attended
Baltimore public schools; Morgan State College, A.B.,
1943; University of Maryland School of Law, LL.B.,
1949. Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1949. Member,
National, Maryland State, Baltimore City, and Monu-
mental City Bar Associations; American Judicature
Society; member, Executive Committee, Maryland Ju-
dicial Conference, 1971. Justice of the peace, 1951;
substitute magistrate, 1952; assistant attorney general,
1953; associate judge, Municipal Court of Baltimore
City, 1967; associate judge, Supreme Bench of
Baltimore City, 1968-1977. Maryland State Senate,
1954-1958. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Board of
Managers, YMCA; life member, NAACP; Executive
Committee, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO;
first chairman, Maryland Advisory Committee on Civ-
il Rights to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission; former
member, Board of Directors, Maryland Multiple Scle-
rosis Society; Maryland Citizens Planning and Hous-
ing Committee; Board of Directors, Baltimore Zoologi-
cal Society; member, The Civitans; board member,
Union Memorial Hospital, Camp Fire Girls, and
Baltimore Museum of Art; chairman, Board of
Visitors, Morgan State College; president. University
of Maryland Law School Alumni Association. First
Man of the Year, Alpha Phi Alpha; First Alumnus of
the Year, Morgan State College; Man of the Year,
NAACP; Man of the Year, Maryland Beauticians;
Man of the Year, A.M.E, Church. Married; 3 chil-
1979 — . Born in Brooklyn, New York, September 1,
1928. Attended Erasmus Hall High School; Goucher
College, RA, 1948; Yale Law School, LL.B., 1951.
Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar, 1952;

admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1963. Member, American,
Maryland State, Montgomery County, Womens, and Dis-
trict of Columbia Bar Associations; American Judicature
Society. Former member, Montgomery County Board of
Appeals; Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning
Commission; Zoning Hearing Examiner for Montgomery
County. Secretary, Malylaiid Department of Employ-
ment and Social Services, 1970- 1972. Court of Special
Appeals, 1972- 1979. Chairperson, Governor's Commis-
sion on Jobs for Veterans; chairperson. Governor's Inter-
agency Committee on Childhood Development; Mary-
land Manpower Planning Council. Outstanding
Contribution by a Woman in the Field of Law, New York
Women's Bar Association; Maryland's Distinguished Cit-
izen's Award; Person of the Year Award, Montgomery
County Sentinel; World's Who's Who of Women . Mar-
ried; 2 children.
J. DUDLEY DIGGES. Court of Appeals, 1969—.
Born in La Plata, January 8, 1912. Attended St. John's
College, A.B., 1933; University of Maryland School of
Law, LL.B., 1936. Admitted to the Maryland Bar,
1936. Member, American Bar Association; former presi-
dent, Maryland State Bar Association. Judge, Seventh
Judicial Circuit, 1949- 1969. Unmarried.
JOHN C. ELDRIDGE. Court of Appeals, 1974—.
Born in Baltimore, November 13, 1933. Attended
Gilman School; Harvard College, B.A., 1955; Harvard
Law School; University of Maryland School of Law,
LL.B., 1959. Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1"SO.
Member, Maryland State, Anne Arundel County, and
District of Columbia Bar Associations; National
Lawyers Club. Member, Order of the Coif. Chief legis-
lative officer, Office of the Governor, 1969- 1974; assis-
tant chief. Civil Division, Appellate Section, U.S. De-
partment of Justice, 1967 - 1969. Married; 2 children.

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