Connecticut State Library with state seal

Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
volume 197, page(s) 821-822


Attorney Donald H. Dowling, of Avon, the eleventh Reporter of Judicial Decisions and former Chief Clerk of the Connecticut Supreme Court, died October 30, 1985, at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford after a long illness.

The Honorable Ellen A. Peters, Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, praised Attorney Dowling for bringing to his position "unflagging energies devoted to the improvement of the reporting of decisions by all of the courts in this state.

"Throughout his stewardship, he insisted on the scrupulously conscientious editing of all the materials that appear in the Connecticut Reports. He will be remembered always for his devotion to excellence and for the high standards he set for himself and his staff.

"On behalf of the Justices of the Supreme Court and the entire Judicial Department, I extend to his family our condolences," she said.

Attorney Dowling held the rank of captain in the United States Naval Reserve and, at the time of his death, had completed his eighth year as chief staff judge advocate of the Naval Reserve Readiness Command, Region 1, Newport, Rhode Island.

He was a graduate of St. Thomas Seminary and Wesleyan University. Following four years of active duty with the United States Navy, he enrolled at the Yale University Law School, where he received his Juris Doctor degree in 1961. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year.

Following graduation from law school, Attorney Dowling entered private law practice. In 1966, he joined the Judicial Department as Deputy Reporter of Judicial Decisions and, in 1968, he succeeded Attorney Louis Weinstein as the eleventh Reporter of Judicial Decisions. During his seventeen years as Reporter, he was responsible for many innovations in the process by which court decisions are published, including the introduction of a reporting and publishing system that provided members of the Bar instant reference capability, and substantially reduced the time period between the reporting of a case and its appearance in a bound volume. In 1982, he completed a ten volume digest of the reported cases for all state courts.

Attorney Dowling is survived by five brothers and two sisters.