David Dudley Dowd, Jr., American federal judge, Died at 86


David Dudley Dowd, Jr. was born on January 31, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio, and died on August 4, 2016.

He was a United States District Judge in Akron, Ohio.

He received his B.A. from College of Wooster in 1951 and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1954.

David was in private practice in Massillon, Ohio from 1954 to 1955.

Dowd Jr. was in the United States Army from 1955 to 1957 with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, returning to private practice in Massillon from 1957 to 1975.

David was a Councilman-at-large for the City of Massillon in 1960, and an assistant prosecuting attorney of Stark County, Ohio from 1961 to 1967, and prosecuting attorney of Stark County, Ohio 1967-1975.

David was defeated in 1974 in the Republican Primary for Ohio Attorney General.

Down Jr. was appointed a judge on the Ohio Fifth District Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1980.

David served a Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court from 1980 to 1981. He was in private practice in Canton, Ohio from 1981 to 1982.

He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on August 24, 1982 to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by Leroy John Contie, Jr. Dowd was officially confirmed by the United States Senate on September 22, 1982, and received his commission the following day, taking up a duty station with chambers in Akron.

On June 30, 1996 David Dudley Dowd, Jr. assumed senior status, serving that status until his death on August 4, 2016, in Florida, though he had stopped hearing cases in 2014.

His partner was Joyce, and they had a daughter and three sons.

David Dudley Dowd, Jr. passed away at 86 years old.