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Services scheduled Saturday for Judge John T. Curtin

A Mass of Christian Burial for former U.S. District Court Judge John T. Curtin will be offered at noon Saturday in St. Joseph University Catholic Church, 3269 Main St.

Judge Curtin, who died Friday at the age of 95 from heart failure after a long illness, was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson. Previously, he had served six years as U.S. attorney for Western New York.

Known for his rulings on numerous controversial issues, including Buffalo school desegregation and Love Canal, he was chief judge from 1974 to 1989, then attained senior status on the court. He continued to handle cases until he assumed inactive senior status last April.

A South Buffalo native, he was a graduate of Canisius High School, Canisius College and the University of Buffalo Law School. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel serving as a Marine Corps fighter pilot in the South Pacific during World War II.

Judge Curtin lauded as a 'legend in the legal community'


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