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The Honorable James F. Henebry, of Waterbury, who served as a trial judge from 1967 until his retirement in 1983, died on August 23, 1992. He was seventy-nine years old.
Judge Henebry was born in Waterbury on July 14, 1913, the son of James L. and Elizabeth Henebry. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1931 and from the College of the Holy Cross, where he received his B.A. degree in 1935. He enrolled in the Hartford College of Law (later the University of Connecticut School of Law), where he received his L.L.B. degree in 1940. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar that same year.
Judge Henebry joined the United States Army in 1942, serving in the European Theater with the Judge Advocate General Department until being discharged as a lieutenant in 1946. Returning to Waterbury, he was engaged in the private practice of law from 1946 until his appointment to the Circuit Court in 1967. He was actively involved in Democratic politics in Waterbury in the 1950s.
Judge Henebry was elevated to the Court of Common Pleas in 1975 and to the Superior Court in 1977. He served as administrative judge for the Waterbury judicial district from 1980 until becoming a state trial referee in 1983. He told an interviewer that his most memorable case involved the Bridgeport teachers' strike in 1978, during which he jailed seventy Bridgeport teachers.
In 1945, Judge Henebry married the former Katherine M. O'Connor. They were the parents of six children.