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Frank Gordon Cottrell ’50

Frank Gordon Cottrell ’50, February 12, 1996, in Eugene, Oregon. He was a retired Circuit Court judge for Lane County. After graduating from Reed, he earned a law degree from Willamette University in Salem in 1954. He worked as a deputy district attorney, an assistant municipal judge, and a private attorney before being appointed to the circuit court in 1969. He was elected to the post in 1970 and was re-elected for three consecutive six-year terms, retiring in 1993. During his career, he was known for his keen legal instinct, his fairness and willingness to help others, and his sense of humor. He was a past president and board member of the Lane County Bar Association and past chairman of the Judicial Ethics Committee of the Oregon Judicial Council. He served three years on the state Board of Bar Examiners and was active in judicial and continuing legal education programs. He continued to work part time as a visiting judge and arbitrator after his retirement. He is survived by his wife, a son, three sisters, and three grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1996

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