Richard D. Simons

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Richard D. Simons
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
1993–1997
Acting Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
1992–1993
Preceded by Sol Wachtler
Succeeded by Judith S. Kaye
Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
In office
1983–1992
Appointed by Mario Cuomo
Personal details
Born (1927-03-23) March 23, 1927 (age 87)
Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York

Richard Duncan Simons (born March 23, 1927 Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York) is an American lawyer and politician from New York. He was Acting Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1992 to 1993

Life[edit]

He was in the United States Navy during World War II.

He was a justice of the New York Supreme Court from 1963 to 1983. In January 1983, he was appointed a judge of the New York Court of Appeals. After the resignation of Sol Wachtler in November 1992, Simons was chosen Acting Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. He presided until the appointment of Judith S. Kaye in March 1993, and then resumed his seat as associate judge. He retired from the bench at the end of his 14-year term in January 1997.

His wife Muriel died aged 64 in March 1992 at the Crouse Irving Memorial Hospital in Syracuse, New York after being treated for a lymphoma with a wrong drug. Cisplatin ("Platinol") was given instead of carboplatin ("Paraplatin").

He resides in Rome, New York with his second wife, Esther Tremblay Simons.

Sources[edit]

  • [1] Political Graveyard
  • [2] His wife's death, in NYT on May 13, 1992
  • [3] Listing of Court of Appeals judges, with portrait
  • [4] His retirement announced, in NYT on April 6, 1996
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sol Wachtler
Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals
Acting

1992–1993
Succeeded by
Judith S. Kaye