Second Judicial District Court Historical Perspective

All Judges 1951-1975

1951-1975


Judge Harold O. Taber

(1951-1954)
Harold O. Taber was born in Twin Falls, Idaho on March 4, 1910. He is the son of Oliver P. Taber and Ivy M. Taber, who moved to Nevada in 1913. He attended the public schools in Sparks and Reno and graduated from Reno...
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Judge John S. Belford

(1952-1954)
Early in the year 1952, William McKnight, one of Washoe County’s most distinguished jurists, chose—after establishing a splendid record in the service—to retire to well-earned relaxation. In turn, his resignation was given...
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Judge Grant L. Bowen

(1954-1984)
BORN: Salt Lake City, Utah, December 7, 1908.
FATHER: Herbert Nelson Bowen of Waterbury, Connecticut.
MOTHER: Marion Grant of Carson City...
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Judge Gordon W. Rice

(1955-1958)
Gordon W. Rice, a leader among the younger attorneys of Reno and environs, is a member of one of the oldest agriculturally inclined families ever to locate in and "grow up" in the famed Truckee Meadows of Washoe...
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Judge Clel E. Georgetta

(1958-1962)
Clel Evan Georgetta was born in Salt Lake City, April 20, 1901. He spent his childhood on his father’s ranch, the Eight-mile ranch, late Triune ranch on the Utah-Nevada line in Deep Creek Valley, and in school in Salt...
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Judge Thomas O. Craven

(1961-1974)
Born in Rocklin, Placer County, California on August 31, 1905
University of Nevada, Class of 1927
Lincoln University, L. L. B., 1930...
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Judge John W. Barrett

(1961-1984)
Judge John W. Barret was born in Reno, Nevada, on Jun 9, 1917, the son of Esther (Johns) and William Patrick Barret, who also were native-born Nevadans. He attended schools in Reno and was graduated from the...
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Judge John E. Gabrielli

(1963-1984)
John E. Gabrielli was born April 24, 1921, in Reno, Nevada of immigrant parents, Dominic and Josephine Gabrielli, who were subsequently naturalized in the Court over which Judge Gabrielli was eventually to preside. He is of the...
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Judge Emile J. Gezelin

(1967-1973)
Emile J. Gezelin was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1915, the son of Pierre and Louise Gezelin. His mother and father were immigrants from France who came to the United States in 1907. At the age of five...
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Judge James J. Guinan

(1971-1989)
James J. Guinan was born September 21, 1923 in Evanston, Illinois. He received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1949 with a political science major. In 1952 he received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law...
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Judge William N. Forman

(1973-1990)
William N. Forman was appointed by Governor Mike O’Callaghan in August, 1973, to fill the vacancy in the Second Judicial District Court created by the death of Honorable Emily J. Gezelin. Judge Forman was born...
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Judge Peter I. Breen

(1974-2006)
Peter I. Breen was born in Reno, Nevada, November 8, 1939. His mother, Gwendolyn (Ingram) was born in Sparks, Nevada in 1908. His father, Peter Breen, was born in Eureka, Nevada in 1901. His father was District...
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Judge Roy L. Torvinen

(1975-1992)
Roy L. Torvinen was born June 19, 1927, in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from Reno public schools and from the University of Nevada in 1953. Judge Torvinen graduated from Georgetown...
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