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Lindsay G. Arthur Sr ('46) Tribute

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Lindsay G. Arthur Sr


Lindsay G. Arthur Sr ('46), a judge in the Hennepin County Juvenile Court from 1960 until his retirement in 1987, passed away May 21, 2010, at his home in Eden Prairie, Minn., at age 92. He was chief judge for 18 of the 27 years he served on the Juvenile Court bench. During a lifetime dedicated to juvenile justice, he made rulings that set precedent in the field of juvenile law, which was still evolving during his tenure.

Arthur continued working part-time in retirement, contributing his expertise in various roles until age 86. Among them were Chief Judge of Family Court, Chief Judge of the Mental Health Court, Senior District Court Judge of Minnesota, and Commissioner of the American Law Institute's Divorce Law Revision Committee. He was a Director and President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges for many years and remained a Senior Judicial Scholar until his death.

The south Minneapolis native completed his undergraduate degree at Princeton University and attended Harvard Law School for one year before joining the Navy to fight in World War II. He received seven combat medals for his service as a torpedo officer on the destroyer USS Mugford.

He completed his law degree at the University of Minnesota Law School in 1946, then worked in private practice and was an Alderman of the 13th Ward in Minneapolis for two terms. In 1954, he was appointed a municipal judge and began his 33-year career on the bench.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jean Lorraine Johansen Arthur, and by two children, Hugh Arthur and Mollie Arthur. He is survived by a son, Lindsay Grier Arthur Jr. ('69), a partner and trial lawyer at Arthur Chapman Kettering Smetak & Pikala in Minneapolis; and a daughter, Julie Arthur-Sherman of Eden Prairie. Additional survivors are grandchildren Dr. Lindsay Grier Arthur III of Moorestown, New Jersey; Dr. Andrew Arthur of Minneapolis; and Signy Sherman and Ross Sherman, both of Eden Prairie; and five great-grandchildren.