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Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 239, page(s) 966


The Honorable Joseph W. Bogdanski, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, died on January 12, 1997, at the age of eighty-five. He was first appointed to the Court of Common Pleas in 1955 and became a judge of the Superior Court in 1958. Following his elevation to the Supreme Court as an Associate Justice in 1972, he was appointed Chief Justice in 1981, and reached mandatory retirement age of seventy in November of the same year.

After receiving his A.B. in 1935 from Colgate University, where he received various football scholarships and was named an All-American football player, Chief Justice Bogdanski entered the University of Connecticut School of Law, from which he graduated cum laude with an L.L.B. in 1940. He was admitted to the Connecticut bar that same year. Before becoming a judge of the Court of Common Pleas, he served as prosecuting attorney for the City Court of Meriden from 1942 to 1943 and as a judge of that court from 1949 to 1951. He was appointed Lieutenant Commander of the military staff of Governor Chester Bowles from 1949 to 1951 after serving in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1948.

Chief Justice Bogdanski was married to the former Anne Niedzwiecki and was the father of five children.