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James J. McLoughlin, court hearing officer June 26, 1923 -- Sept. 20, 2005

James J. McLoughlin, a veteran City Hall attorney and judicial hearing officer, died Tuesday in Buffalo General Hospital after a three-year struggle with cancer. He was 82.

Mr. McLoughlin served as a Buffalo's senior deputy corporation counsel from 1967 to 1988, when Mayor James Griffin appointed him as an interim city judge to fill a vacancy caused by the death of Associate Judge Joseph P. McNamara.

Mr. McLoughlin served on the city bench until the end of that year, then became a judicial hearing officer in State Supreme Court. He was a hearing officer with the State Retirement System for 15 years, retiring in July.

Born in Buffalo, he was the valedictorian of the Class of 1941 at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, served in the Army as a staff sergeant during World War II and graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College in 1947 with a degree in history.

He taught history at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, N.J., from 1947 to 1955, when he received his degree from Fordham University Law School. He then returned to Buffalo and had a private law practice for 12 years. In 1967, he scored a rare perfect score on the civil service exam.

From 1977 to 1986, he was the No. 2 official in the city Law Department, then left for a year to work as law clerk to acting State Supreme Court Justice John J. Honan.

He had been a member of St. Joseph Cathedral for 40 years.

Surviving are his wife of 34 years, the former Nancy Panasci, and a daughter, Marlene of Rome, Italy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

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