Memorials of Connecticut Judges and Attorneys
As Printed in the Connecticut Reports
Volume 209, page(s) 835


The Honorable John R. Thim, former associate justice of the state Supreme Court, chief judge of the Superior Court, state representative and Speaker of the House, died on December 6, 1988.

Judge Thim was appointed an associate justice of the Supreme Court in 1966. He retired in 1972 after nineteen years on the Superior Court bench.

He practiced law in New Haven from 1926 to 1952 and was one of the first three Superior Court judges to serve on the Board of Sentence Review, which was created by the legislature in 1957.

Judge Thim was town counsel in Hamden from 1947 to 1953, and judge of the Hamden Town Court from 1941 to 1951. He was a member of the state House of Representatives from Hamden from 1945 to 1949 and served as Speaker of the House in 1945.

Born in New Haven, he was a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Connecticut State Bar Association, the Elks Club and the New Haven Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Flom Thim; a daughter, Mary V. Sternberg; three sons, Jack Thim, George N. Thim and the Rev. Paul Thim; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.