[Congressional Record Volume 153, Number 137 (Monday, September 17, 2007)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1885]
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                           HON. JOE COURTNEY

                             of connecticut

                    in the house of representatives

                       Monday, September 17, 2007

  Mr. COURTNEY. Madam Speaker, today I rise in tribute to the life of 
Judge Daniel F. Spallone. Mr. Spallone passed on August 20, 2007, after 
a full life of public service to his state and country. He was 85 years 
  As was common for men of his generation, the college career of a 
young Daniel Spallone was interrupted by the events of World War II. 
While he was unable to enlist in the armed forces due to childhood 
polio, he felt the call to duty and volunteered for the American Field 
Service (AFS) ambulance corps. Members of the AFS drove life-saving 
ambulances under extremely dangerous conditions on the war front, and 
Mr. Spallone served bravely with British forces in Burma, India, and 
Italy from 1942-1945. By virtue of his service to his country, he and 
other AFS volunteers were awarded an honorable discharge from the 
United States Army by act of Congress in 1991.
  Following his war service, Mr. Spallone returned to the University of 
Connecticut and received his bachelor's degree in 1949 and obtained his 
law degree in 1960, also from UConn. Spallone served as town attorney 
to Deep River, Connecticut from 1965 to 1970 and also served on a 
number of elected and appointed local boards and commissions. In 1970, 
he was appointed to the Circuit Court and in 1974 was elevated to the 
Court of Common Pleas. This was followed by a 1978 appointment by 
Governor Ella Grasso to the Superior Court bench. In 1984, Mr. Spallone 
was appointed as a charter member of the Appellate Court where he was 
noted for his keen ability to focus on the key issues in cases before 
the court. He served on the bench until his retirement in 1991, after 
which he continued to work as a trial judge referee.
  Mr. Spallone's distinguished record has carried over to a second 
generation of the Spallone family. His son Jamie is a State 
Representative from the 36th Assembly District of Connecticut. He does 
an outstanding job for his constituents and the State of Connecticut, 
just as his father did.
  Madam Speaker, please join me in honoring the life of Judge Daniel F. 
Spallone and his service to our great nation. His years of dedication 
to the ideals of the American judicial system has left a lasting legacy 
for the State of Connecticut and his knowledge, generosity, and 
dedication will live on in the memory of all those he has touched.