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Longtime Fort Wayne attorney dies

IL Staff
March 17, 2009
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A Fort Wayne attorney who practiced law for more than 60 years died Monday.

Jerome J. "Jerry" O'Dowd, 90, was admitted to the bar in June 1942. He practiced in Fort Wayne from 1946 until his retirement in August 2004. O'Dowd belonged to the Indiana State and Allen County bar associations and served on various local government boards including the Allen County Election Board, Allen County Park Board, and Board of Directors of Park Center Inc. O'Dowd served as corporate attorney for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend for 30 years. He was appointed in 1959 to a four-year term as city attorney of Fort Wayne.

O'Dowd graduated from Notre Dame Law School and served in the Navy during World War II. He was awarded the Silver Star Medal for action at Guam, the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima, and three Presidential Citations. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1949.

O'Dowd is survived by his wife, Ruth Holthouse O'Dowd; sons Thomas, David, and Kevin O'Dowd; daughters Amy O'Dowd Ryan and Sally O'Dowd; and several grandchildren and nieces.

Calling is from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at D.O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home, 1140 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne. Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church, 2310 Pemberton Dr., Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior to the service.

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  1. This is the dissent discussed in the comment below. See comments on that story for an amazing discussion of likely judicial corruption of some kind, the rejection of the rule of law at the very least. http://www.theindianalawyer.com/justices-deny-transfer-to-child-custody-case/PARAMS/article/42774#comment

  2. That means much to me, thank you. My own communion, to which I came in my 30's from a protestant evangelical background, refuses to so affirm me, the Bishop's courtiers all saying, when it matters, that they defer to the state, and trust that the state would not be wrong as to me. (LIttle did I know that is the most common modernist catholic position on the state -- at least when the state acts consistent with the philosophy of the democrat party). I asked my RCC pastor to stand with me before the Examiners after they demanded that I disavow God's law on the record .... he refused, saying the Bishop would not allow it. I filed all of my file in the open in federal court so the Bishop's men could see what had been done ... they refused to look. (But the 7th Cir and federal judge Theresa Springmann gave me the honor of admission after so reading, even though ISC had denied me, rendering me a very rare bird). Such affirmation from a fellow believer as you have done here has been rare for me, and that dearth of solidarity, and the economic pain visited upon my wife and five children, have been the hardest part of the struggle. They did indeed banish me, for life, and so, in substance did the the Diocese, which treated me like a pariah, but thanks to this ezine ... and this is simply amazing to me .... because of this ezine I am not silenced. This ezine allowing us to speak to the corruption that the former chief "justice" left behind, yet embedded in his systems when he retired ... the openness to discuss that corruption (like that revealed in the recent whistleblowing dissent by courageous Justice David and fresh breath of air Chief Justice Rush,) is a great example of the First Amendment at work. I will not be silenced as long as this tree falling in the wood can be heard. The Hoosier Judiciary has deep seated problems, generational corruption, ideological corruption. Many cases demonstrate this. It must be spotlighted. The corrupted system has no hold on me now, none. I have survived their best shots. It is now my time to not be silent. To the Glory of God, and for the good of man's law. (It almost always works that way as to the true law, as I explained the bar examiners -- who refused to follow even their own statutory law and violated core organic law when banishing me for life -- actually revealing themselves to be lawless.)

  3. to answer your questions, you would still be practicing law and its very sad because we need lawyers like you to stand up for the little guy who have no voice. You probably were a threat to them and they didnt know how to handle the truth and did not want anyone to "rock the boat" so instead of allowing you to keep praticing they banished you, silenced you , the cowards that they are.

  4. His brother was a former prosecuting attorney for Crawford County, disiplined for stealing law books after his term, and embezzeling funds from family and clients. Highly functional family great morals and values...

  5. Wondering if the father was a Lodge member?

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