Former 14A District Court magistrate dies

Magistrate A. Thomas Truesdell, who retired in November 2014 after serving the 14A District Court since 1986, died May 4.

Appointed as the first attorney magistrate in the 14A District Court by Judge Kenneth Bronson on Jan. 23, 1986, Truesdell presided in all divisions of the 14A District Court in Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Saline and Ann Arbor.

A member of the State Bar of Michigan, Washtenaw County Bar Association, and the Ypsilanti Bar Association, Truesdell received his BBA from Eastern Michigan University and his Juris Doctor degree from Detroit College of Law.

Prior to being appointed magistrate, he practiced law for 15 years specializing in commercial transactions and probate proceedings. He also taught Business law as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University, and had been a guest speaker on Retirement and Probate issues for the Ford Motor Company.

He served as treasurer of the Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates and as President, Vice-President and Board member for the last 15 years.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Association of District Court Magistrates in September of 2002, he was also honored with the Gold Medallion Award from EMU for program of court services with the Division of Student Affairs.

A celebration of his life will take place 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at The Sidetrack Bar & Grill, 56 E Cross St, Ypsilanti.

The family suggests donations to Legal Services of South Central Michigan or Hawaii Wildlife Fund.

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