Memorial Tribute
The Honorable Thomas J. Moyer
Chief Justice

More than 700 colleagues, friends and family, including about 150 judges, attended a memorial tribute for the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer on Law Day, May 1, 2010, at his beloved Ohio State University.

The ceremony included a procession of robed judges from the federal bench, Ohio courts and out-of-state courts led by the Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police.

In recognizing Chief Justice Moyer’s significant contributions in a remarkable life dedicated to civility, public service and the rule of law, each of the six current Justices offered their personal reflections on the Chief. Former Justices and other national and state judicial and legal leaders offered personal tributes. Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee also offered remarks.

Some speakers chose to highlight his longevity, his jurisprudence, his administrative accomplishments. Many more focused on his character as a judge, a leader and a person.

View the video from the May 1, 2010 memorial tribute to Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.

Following are tributes to Chief Justice Moyer from his colleagues, Supreme Court staff, state leaders from Ohio and beyond, friends and Ohio citizens.

REMEMBERING CHIEF JUSTICE MOYER

Chief Justice Moyer (center) is seen with colleagues Justice Alice Robie Resnick (left, retired) and Justice Paul E. Pfeifer (right) in a rare photograph of the Justices' deliberation room in the James A. Rhodes State Office Tower, home to the Supreme Court of Ohio from 1974 until February 2004.Justice Paul E. Pfeifer
This is a devastating loss for his family, for the court, and for the people of Ohio. And it’s a personal loss for me and all of our colleagues. Tom had all the qualities you would want in a Chief Justice. He was fair and deliberative. He encouraged collaboration, and deeply valued collegiality. Over time, he assembled a great staff, and he was respected and admired by everyone who worked in this building. They genuinely liked the man, and I know they will miss him on a personal level. But the court family will continue to represent him for years to come, and that’s one of his great legacies. Another of his lasting legacies was pushing for the preservation of this building, and finding the Ohio judiciary a home of its own. Tom was also a great Chief far beyond the confines of this building. He was a tireless and diligent leader of the Ohio bench and bar. He traveled around the world – Ukraine, Chile, and Argentina – lending his expertise to nations trying to build an independent judiciary. I only wish we could have given him a proper sendoff at the close of his term this December. But I also know that he would have been proud that he continued his service to the people of Ohio up to the very end.


Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
Having lived in Franklin County, I have known Chief Justice Moyer from my first days in practice. I first got to know him when he was on the 10th District Court of Appeals. When he became Chief Justice, he not only brought great integrity to the bench, but he ushered in an era of forward-thinking reforms. He was one of the country’s first champions of drug courts. He was a champion of technology in the judicial system with the development of the Ohio Courts Network. He was a tireless champion of arbitration and mediation. He was nationally respected as an innovative leader who always sought to not just administer justice but to improve the administration of justice.


Justice Maureen O’Connor
When he initially came on the bench, Chief Justice Moyer restored professionalism and respect for the judiciary. Then he went on to work tirelessly to improve the judiciary and the bar. He was a public servant who could have served in any branch of government, but he was particularly well-suited to be in the judiciary because of his sense of fairness, and respect for the rule of law. You can’t say this about many people, but he was truly a gentleman. It took a keg of dynamite to rile him up. He was very slow to anger. And because of that, he was a leader.


Justice Terrence O’Donnell
This is a tremendous loss for the state of Ohio. We lose the pillar in the judiciary, the leader of our judicial system. The Chief was a mentor to so many people. He was the epitome of integrity and professionalism for every judge and lawyer in Ohio. His only care was the Court and making sure the Court operated to instill public confidence in what we do.


Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger
Good Friday, April 2, made a Thomas J. Moyer-sized hole in the universe.

Chief Justice Moyer (at podium) gives remarks at the May 15, 2004 dedication ceremony for the Ohio Judicial Center, which also included remarks by the late U.S. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist (right).The longest-serving state court Chief Justice, his passing has generated many words in tribute to him -- a successful lifetime in the legal profession,  visionary leadership on the Supreme Court of Ohio,  efforts to develop the rule of law in other countries and his  guardianship of  the integrity of  the judiciary made him a giant among judges. Unfortunately, this recognition should have been part of his retirement celebration, not his obituary. Those of us who worked with Tom Moyer knew a good man, a fine man.

The professional accolades will ring out, and they will be true.  But our Chief was admired and loved because he was someone who wore his position lightly and used it well.  Although independent judges do not always gracefully take direction, a multi-judge court needs a leader.  And he did lead.  For almost six years I was part of the Moyer Court, serving with a Chief Justice who believed in the institution of the state judicial branch with all his soul.

The building now known as the Ohio Judicial Center could not have been resurrected without Tom Moyer’s persistence and his collaboration with members of other government branches.  At its dedication in 2004, Chief Justice Rehnquist remarked that Ohio’s Supreme Court had surpassed the United States Supreme Court in beauty.  Tom Moyer respected each person who worked within the splendid walls of the Judicial Center.  The Chief could laugh and joke and make every person feel special no matter what position the person held.  He was interested in the well-being of all, and we were privileged to serve at the Supreme Court with him.

In my 25 years as a judge, he was my Chief, and I will miss him. 


Justice Robert R. Cupp
The sad and untimely passing of Chief Justice Moyer leaves an ache in each of our hearts.

Tom was an ideal leader of the Supreme Court and the Ohio judiciary: thoughtful, impartial, foresighted, and wholly dedicated to the proper administration of justice.  He was passionate about upholding the integrity and civility of the legal profession – and personally demonstrated those qualities in abundance.

There was no pretense about him.  He was genuinely friendly, interested in you, witty, and easy to talk with.  Tom was a truly nice man.  He led our court like a gentle shepherd: nudging, encouraging, coaxing, and by example.  Moreover, Chief Justice Moyer was a role model for judges across Ohio, as he was for me, and for chief justices across the nation. He leaves an enormous legacy.

We offer our sympathy to Mary and his family.  We are all deeply saddened that Tom will no longer be in our midst.  But I am also confident that he is now in the presence of the Great Author of all Justice.


Governor Ted Strickland (left) greets Chief Justice Moyer at a swearing-in ceremony for House members in January 2009.Governor Ted Strickland
I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend and Ohio’s Chief Justice, Thomas Moyer. I was honored when Tom swore me in as governor. That was the beginning of a warm and close working relationship – the kind of mutually respectful relationship you always envision leaders of different branches of government having. But that was Tom: dignified, respectful, thoughtful and always concerned for the well-being of others. It was never about him. Tom unselfishly served the people of Ohio for so many years. I know he was very much looking forward to his retirement, but he loved what he did. In recent years, he was a leader and a partner in Ohio’s bipartisan efforts to fight foreclosure and to take a serious and comprehensive look at corrections reform. He spoke passionately and convincingly for reducing the influence of money in judicial elections.

This is a sad time for Tom’s family and the people of Ohio. Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to his wife Mary, their family, his colleagues and the many Ohioans he served during his distinguished tenure as the longest-serving chief justice in the United States.


Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray
Like many Ohioans, my colleagues and I in the Attorney General's Office are mourning the passing of one of our state's most effective leaders. Chief Justice Moyer was a superb jurist whose work was marked by humility and magnanimity.

We in the Attorney General's Office feel the loss acutely. The Chief Justice spent several years practicing law in this office, and many of our lawyers appeared regularly before him in court. I argued a number of cases before him myself and experienced first-hand his warm and gentle judicial temperament and his deep fidelity to the law.

Chief Justice Moyer's public service reflected the highest aspirations of our justice system. In the past year, he worked closely with our office in providing mediation services to Ohioans facing foreclosure and defending rules ensuring judicial impartiality.

Sir Francis Bacon once said that ‘judges ought to be more learned than witty.’ Chief Justice Moyer, unusually, was both. We will greatly miss him.


Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner
I am saddened by the death of my friend and former colleague Ohio’s Chief Justice, Thomas Moyer. As a former judge, I respect and understand the Chief's personal commitment to a balanced and fair judiciary. His service as our state's chief justice is remarkable as he was the longest serving chief justice in the United States. Recently, I was impressed with the chief's courageous proposal to better the selection process of judges to the Supreme Court of Ohio. Meeting with praise from the advocacy community, the election of judges would be replaced with an appointment process. In defense of his plan, Chief Justice Moyer said public-opinion surveys consistently show that 75 percent of respondents believe that campaign contributions influence judges' votes on cases.

My deepest and sincere condolences to his wife Mary, the chief's family and the staff that he led at the Ohio Supreme Court. His impact and legacy will live on in our state's judiciary.


Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish
The sudden passing of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer is a shock to all of us. He has served the people of Ohio with distinction and his legacy will be enduring. I feel privileged to have worked with him recently on his efforts to reform judicial selection in Ohio. My deepest sympathies are with his loving friends and family.


Ohio Senate President Bill Harris
There was no more honorable man in public service than the honorable Chief Justice Thomas Moyer.

Chief Justice Moyer’s profound impact on Ohio’s judicial system has been felt not only in the many decisions he has rendered over more than two decades on the Supreme Court, but also for his work to improve the institution itself. Chief Justice Moyer ushered in new technology that has made the Supreme Court more accessible to the Ohioans it serves and built an awe-inspiring working monument to the courts by virtue of the Judicial Center on Front Street.

I will remember Tom for his wisdom and his kind and humble nature that made him such a pleasure to work with.

On behalf of the Ohio Senate, we extend our deepest condolences to Mary, the entire Moyer family and all who worked with him over the years. While we mourn the passing of our friend, we can celebrate the legacy of a great Ohio leader.


House Republican Leader William G. Batchelder
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was a very fine public servant. He was an excellent chief justice and his death is a loss to the people of the state of Ohio, whom he served so well. Furthermore a loss to the system of justice upon which he made many important improvements. He will be sorely missed.


The Supreme Court of Ohio, 1987. Front row, left to right: Justice A. William Sweeney, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justice Ralph S. Locher. Back row, left to right: Justices Herbert R. Brown, Robert E. Holmes, Andy Douglas and Craig Wright.Former Justice Andrew Douglas
I would believe that if anybody would go to the dictionary and look up the word gentleman, they would see a picture of Tom Moyer because he truly was a gentle man. As we grieve for ourselves, we also grieve for his beloved Mary. He is now in a better place. May he rest in peace.


Barbara J. Howard, President, Ohio State Bar Association
The mild-mannered patriarch of the Ohio judiciary for nearly a quarter century is gone.  Our friend and colleague, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family.   He leaves an amazing legacy of which every citizen of the State of Ohio can be proud.

Thomas J. Moyer was the longest serving state Supreme Court chief justice in the nation.  In 1987, he took over as chief justice at a time when the court was torn by ideological and personal conflict. The courtly Moyer focused on civility, professionalism and insuring the fair and impartial administration of justice.  He also restored a cordial working relationship between the lawyers of Ohio and the Court that resulted in many joint efforts to improve the justice system and educate the public about the judiciary.

During his tenure, Chief Justice Moyer focused on helping Ohioans understand the role of the Supreme Court and the judicial system, having the Supreme Court hold session in locations across the state.  After overseeing the refurbishing of what is now the Ohio Judicial Center in Columbus, he insisted on creating an education center in the Court’s new home to welcome Ohio’s youth to learn more about the judicial branch.

He was committed to the Rule of Law, the concept of providing consistency, predictability, and transparency of the law.  He knew the importance of providing access to justice for all, and worked hard to open the doors of justice to every Ohioan. 

Chief Justice Moyer was respected across the nation among his fellow chief justices.  He also was well known for helping other nations in developing their legal systems.  He fostered relationships with leaders in the Ukraine and South America, hosting them in Ohio and visiting them in their homelands to assist them in developing a judiciary based on the Rule of Law.

In recent years, Chief Justice Moyer worked to address the state’s formidable foreclosure situation.  He encouraged the establishment of mediation programs across the state to help Ohioans navigate their foreclosure problems.  He also gathered support for a measure to change the way Ohioans select Supreme Court Justices by moving to an appointive-retention election plan. 

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.  He was an exemplary jurist, a respected member of the legal profession, and a gentleman.  We will miss his wry smile and dry wit.  We will cherish his commitment to promoting the Rule of Law and for providing access to justice for all.  We will commit ourselves to continuing to live the fine qualities that Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer personified.  


Vicky Unger, Executive Director, Ohio Jury Management Association
The members of the Ohio Jury Management Association want to express our condolences to Chief Justice Moyer’s family. He was a supporter of our mission and his efforts to improve jury service have had a great impact on Ohio trials and the citizens who participate as jurors. We will continue the work that has made such a difference.


Stephen D. Michael, President, Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges
Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer’s concern and intimate contact with the Courts at all levels makes his passing a grievous loss to the State’s judiciary. The Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges has lost a guiding light and friend.

His demeanor set the tone for civility, professionalism and respect for the rule of law in the Courts of this State. Chief Justice Moyer’s career was one of service with honor, an example for us all to emulate.

His leadership will be missed.


Chief Justice Moyer addresses The Ohio State University's 389th commencement ceremony Aug. 31, 2009.E. Gordon Gee, president of The Ohio State University
Chief Justice Tom Moyer served Ohio with unmatched distinction, compassion, and effectiveness. He devoted his career to the public good, improving our state's justice system in countless and enduring ways, and sharing his deep knowledge of the rule of law to help emerging democracies around the world. Admired by allies and adversaries alike, Tom Moyer will be counted as one of our truly great elected leaders. Ohio State and the State of Ohio have lost one of their finest.


Medina County Probate/Juvenile Judge John J. Lohn
The Chief was steady, forthright and uncommonly kind. We judges have lost a great champion and a role model. There are many of us praying for the repose of his soul and for the peace and consolation of his wife and family.


Logan County Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain
In the entire 24 years I have been acquainted with him, he always made me feel that the camaraderie of the Bar and the Judiciary were an essential element of fulfilling the higher calling he believed our profession has in service to our fellow citizens. He made us proud to be Lawyers and Judges.


Supreme Court of Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr.
The Supreme Court of Kentucky extends condolences to the Justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio and to the judges and employees associated with the Ohio Judicial System upon the passing of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. The positive influence of Chief Justice Moyer’s unparalleled leadership extended beyond the borders of the State of Ohio. He played a vital role in the delivery of justice to the citizens of Ohio, and his innovative leadership was an example for state courts across the country. His leadership will be missed.

I had come to know Chief Justice Moyer personally after joining the Conference of Chief Justices in 2008. His fellow Chief Justices held him in high esteem.


Chief Justice Christine Durham of Utah, president of the Conference of Chief Justices
Chief Justice Tom Moyer was respected and admired not just in his home state of Ohio but also throughout the nation as a leader in the improvement of the administration of justice in the state courts. His colleagues in the Conference of Chief Justices will deeply miss his wisdom, kindness, and example.


Mary Campbell McQueen, National Center for State Courts president
For those of us at the National Center, Chief Justice Moyer was much more than a leader, he was a friend. Chief Justice Moyer was dedicated to improving the justice system and always willing to share his time, energy and innovations with courts in all states. His work with the NCSC went beyond what was required. We will always miss his intellect, his skill, and his commitment.


Bert Brandenburg, Executive Director, Justice at Stake
Ohio Chief Justice Moyer, a founding member of Justice at Stake’s board of directors, died today. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends. At the time of his death, he was the longest serving chief justice in the United States. He cared deeply about the courts, he was a truly gentle man, and we will miss him very much.


Chief Justice Moyer (left), joined by his wife, Mary, (center) is sworn in to his fourth term as Chief Justice by Justice Francis E. Sweeney Sr. Jan. 7, 2005. Chief Justice Moyer, who served from Jan. 1, 1987 to April 2, 2010, was the longest-serving state supreme court Chief Justice in the nation and the second-longest serving in Ohio history.Former Justice Francis E. Sweeney Sr.
Not only was Tom a colleague on the bench, but he was that rare commodity – a truly close friend... always open to discussing opposing views with understanding and empathy. I think the two of us really typified bipartisanship at its best. I will greatly miss him.


The (Canton) Repository
Moyer convened the Ohio Supreme Court in dozens of communities over the years so that high school students in particular could see how it operated. He allowed cameras in his court. He advocated connecting the state’s courts through an Internet database, and his own court’s opinions have been posted as soon as they are issued.

Moyer, who was soft-spoken but firm in his convictions, would have retired at the end of this year. He made the most of his time on the Ohio Supreme Court, and what a long, productive time it was.


The Columbus Dispatch
In a time when partisanship runs white-hot and politics seems increasing bare-knuckled, Ohio Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer stood out as soft-spoken, conciliatory, humble, decent and gentlemanly. As a person, as a jurist and as a public servant, he leaves a high bar for all who follow him.


Dayton Daily News
Chief Justice Moyer’s contributions are many, but the most enduring is his example. Future chiefs and justices can’t ever say they don’t have a role model.

David Diroll, executive director, Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission
Chief Justice Tom Moyer has been chairman of the Sentencing Commission since it began meeting in 1991. The Commission benefitted from his deference, decency, and open mind. Beyond that, sitting side-by-side with the Chief for so many hours, I came to know his quiet wit and innate fairness. When his heightened sense of grammar led him to proffer changes to my scribbles, he never made it feel like a correction, unlike, say, the nuns that my knuckles remember so well. Tom Moyer is one of the finest people that I’ve met. My stunned sadness since Friday tells me I will miss him for a very long time.


Brian Farrington, statistics analyst, Supreme Court of Ohio
Shortly after we moved into the Ohio Judicial Center, I had the honor of joining the Chief for a special lunch at the Columbus Club along with a handful of other staff members who participated in the planning of the Ohio Judicial Center's dedication ceremony in May, 2004.

I remember being teased by others at the table about my choice for a vegetable — brussels sprouts. It was then that I noticed the Chief was quietly enjoying the exact same vegetable (with absolutely no ribbing from anyone at the table).

I mentioned to him that I alone was getting all the grief. He flashed a wry smile and said, "position has its privileges".


George Smith, court security officer, Supreme Court of Ohio
The first time I was privileged to drive the Chief to a speaking engagement he made me feel as if we had known each other for years. He is in very good hands now!


Chief Justice Moyer (center) addresses counsel during oral arguments on March 14, 2004, the first session held in the courtroom of the newly renovated Ohio Judicial Center. From the beginning of the first of his four terms as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Moyer worked tirelessly to establish the first independent home for the judiciary in the state's history.Jonathan Marshall, secretary, Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline
What I remember best is the Chief's quiet insistence that lawyers ought to do better by their clients. A gentle man who could not accept unprofessional conduct and would not tolerate lawyers who stole from and harmed their clients. And, at the end of the day, there was always his sly sense of humor.


Laura Dawson, master commissioner, Supreme Court of Ohio
Last year, I pressed Human Resources to permit my almost 8 year old daughter, Erin, to attend the "Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day" program at the court. The Chief took time from his busy schedule to speak with the children in the education center that morning. He greeted the group and told them a bit about the court.

When the Chief asked if there were any questions, Erin's hand shot up. She asked the Chief what he had wanted to be before he decided he wanted to become a lawyer. The Chief explained what he had done to become a lawyer — getting an undergraduate degree, a law degree, and taking the bar exam — and then he asked if that had answered her question.

Erin responded, "No. Actually I asked what you wanted to be before you decided to become a lawyer." I was standing behind the Chief turning about ten shades of red and burying my face in my hands. But the Chief took it in stride and apologized for misunderstanding Erin's question. Then he explained that he had always wanted to be a doctor, but that after taking a couple of science courses in college, he decided that medicine was not for him.

I am thankful that the Chief was able to take the time to speak with the children and introduce them to the court. My daughter and I will remember that morning for a lifetime. But I am even more thankful that the Chief didn't do so well in those science courses.


Lee Ann Ward, director, Office of Bar Admissions, Supreme Court of Ohio
Through the course of my work in bar admissions, I have had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time with the Chief. He never ceased to amaze me with his thorough knowledge regarding admissions issues — such a tiny part of his world. Although I enjoyed any time I spent with this man I so admired and respected, I always smile when I remember one early morning I went up to his office to drop off a folder, not expecting to see the Chief. I don't remember what I was thinking about as I walked into the first little lobby area in the office, but my mind was somewhere else as I was about to turn the corner to head toward Melissa's desk. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught movement by the copier. A bit startled, I turned quickly to see the Chief standing there feeding something into the copier. I stopped and looked at him (I'm sure a bit strangely). Without a hitch, he looked over at me and said, "Cross-training." Talk about endearing!


Kevin Diehl, administrative assistant, and Jim Sheridan, senior law clerk to Justice Paul E. Pfeifer
Kevin and I were playing hooky from work one day in late 1997. I guess the fact that the Chief caught us goofing off should have come as no surprise. But I will never get over the shock of rounding a corner in New Orleans, Louisiana that day and almost literally running into the Chief and Mrs. Moyer. Given his work ethic, though, he may have been just as embarrassed to be caught having fun as we were.


Jim Sheridan, senior law clerk to Justice Paul E. Pfeifer
Back in the old building, the Chief had a law clerk who liked to flip pencils into the accoustical tile ceiling above his desk. When they stuck, he would leave them there like #2 stalactites, for as long as they would hold. The clerk ended his term and left for good one morning. After the goodbyes were over, and the clerk had left the building, the Chief went into the clerk's office, climbed on a chair, and removed all the pencils from the ceiling.


Kevin Diehl, administrative assistant to Justice Paul E. Pfeifer
This is my favorite memory of the Chief: It was several years ago, when we were still in the Rhodes Tower, and it was the first day of the NCAA basketball tournament. The Buckeyes were playing in the afternoon game, and for reasons that I cannot imagine, I was at the office instead of sitting at a sports bar somewhere. We had an old television in the office that, on good days, got reception if you sat it near the window and played with the rabbit ears. So there I was, in Justice Pfeifer's office, messing with the TV trying to get the game when I looked up and saw the Chief standing in the doorway. "Is that the game?" he asked. "I'm trying to get it," I said. "Mind if I watch?" "Not at all," I said. He pulled up a chair and sat down. Several other guys along the hallway knew we had a TV and they stopped by to check out the game, but when they saw the Chief sitting there, they spun on their heels and left. He and I watched until halftime, then he stood up and said, "Call me when the second half starts." When halftime was over, I called Darla and said, "Tell the Chief the second half is about to begin." A minute later he was back, carrying a can of mixed nuts. He handed them to me and said, "Sorry, this is all I could find. It'll have to do for a snack." I can't even remember if the Bucks won or not, but I've never forgotten sitting there with the Chief that afternoon, watching the game on that little fuzzy-picture TV and passing that can between us.


Anthony Schroeder, senior law clerk to Justice Robert R. Cupp
My favorite memory of the C.J. happened on September 11, 2001. I had a small 9-inch black and white portable t.v. in a desk drawer in my office in the Rhodes Tower. (I just might admit if pressed that basketball games and other sporting events sometimes mysteriously showed up on it at rare times, but the t.v.'s real purpose was to keep those of us in the office informed of breaking news stories.) When we heard bizarre reports that jets were crashing into buildings in New York City, I got out the t.v. and turned it on. A group of us gathered around it debating what the heck was going on. The C.J. was passing by in the hall, saw us, and stopped in. He stayed for a short time, but had something he absolutely had to do and left. Later on, he stopped by again and stayed with us as it became more clear these were not accidents, but the lunatic actions of fanatics. I'll always remember sharing that experience with the C.J., who never put on any airs and who was as comfortable with any employee of the court as he was with meeting heads of state. I'll always remember also how he and his wife Mary would go out of their ways to personally greet all of us at the court holiday parties and other events, because they wanted everybody to feel welcome.


Jonathan Coughlan, disciplinary counsel, Office of Disciplinary Counsel
We are in a unique position in the office of disciplinary counsel. By design, we are not housed in the Judicial Center and we are the only lawyers in the court family who argue cases before the Justices. As such, we have had a different set of experiences with the Chief.

From day one the Chief treated me with the utmost respect and gave me the freedom to make my own decisions about how to manage our cases. Very early in my tenure I had occasion to meet with the Chief and I will never forget one the the first things he said to me: If any judge or Justice approaches you about one of your cases, I expect you to take prompt, appropriate action. From that point forward, I had the utmost respect for his integrity.

It has been during oral arguments that I experienced the Chief's sense of fairness, his compassion and his interest in protecting the public. Arguing a case before the Court is a unique experience. Each Justice has their own style of questioning the lawyers. I will truly miss the Chief's respectful way of asking the most poignant questions. He had an uncanny ability to zero in on the key concern and ever so politely restate the issue in a fashion that I could only admire.

I am aware of the many different ways the Chief worked to improve the justice system in Ohio and elsewhere. For me, he will always be remembered for his unwavering interest in improving the professionalism and integrity of our profession. He initiated three different task forces focusing on legal ethics and the disciplinary process. He continually expressed an interest in how we could do better and yet he did so without ever creating the impression that he was being critical or demanding. Most of all, he was a genuine person who treated everyone with respect and dignity.


Art Marziale, director, Legal Resources Division, Supreme Court of Ohio
I joined the Court in the middle of January, 1987. I came from the Franklin County Court of Appeals, where I clerked for Judge Dean Strausbaugh, a close friend of the Chief’s. In November, 1987 the Chief asked if I would be willing to serve as his Administrative Assistant and I jumped at the chance.

We spent a lot of time on the road together. I think his favorite time of year to travel might have been late fall or early winter – whenever McDonalds started offering hot chocolate on the menu. I remember the eternal struggle of trying to explain that we wanted a medium hot chocolate in a large cup. One spill and the Chief’s shirt was history.

Chief Justice Moyer relaxes on the north plaza outside the Ohio Judicial Center with workers from Messer Construction Company, the construction management company for the renovation of the Ohio Judicial Center.Wherever we traveled, people were always impressed with how down to earth the Chief was. There was absolutely no pretense in him. The first time he agreed to appear at Akron’s Red Mass, we had to fly because of time constraints. Judge Mary Cacciopo, on the court of appeals there at the time and the organizer of the event, assured me that her law clerk would pick us up at the airport. The Chief was mortified when we got off the plane and he learned that the judge had arranged for a limo. After the event, there was a luncheon. Needless to say, the line was long and we were in the middle of it. Judge Cacciopo marched right over to the Chief, grabbed his hand, and took him to the front of the line. Despite his pleas that he was willing to wait, Judge Cacciopo insisted that he was the Chief Justice, he had to eat, and he was going to the front of the line. At that point, the Chief turned to me and told me that he too had an Italian grandmother.

I only left the car keys with the Chief once when we were on the road. I had to do several things before I could sit down to eat, and the Chief had finished speaking just as I sat down. I had taken about two bites of food when I heard our host thank the Chief for coming. I dashed out the door, afraid that he might drive off without me.

Now, if you think that never happened, it did. Fortunately, it only happened when we were in Columbus. Often, he had to be at an event in the morning. I would drive to the Chief’s house – at the time, he lived in Upper Arlington. We would then take his car to the out-of-town event. When he was finished, we would drive straight to the office. Now, the Chief was supposed to let me know when he was leaving so that I could hitch a ride and pick up my car. As you might guess, after immersing himself in reading, writing, and returning phone calls, he would leave without me. Thank heaven for the COTA No. 5 bus. It dropped me off about four blocks from his house. The Chief always poked his head out the door and apologized. Generally, he would only remember that I was supposed to get a ride when he got home and saw my car in his driveway.

I do not think the Chief ever realized how fast we had to drive sometimes (well, most of the time) to get him to his events on time. He always wanted to take one more phone call or sign one more thing before we left. Darla told me that, after I left to go to the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, the Chief was complaining one day that he was always late to his events and that never happened when I was driving. Darla proceeded to explain to him why that was – as only she could speak to the Chief. Sitting in the car next to me, reading, taking phone calls, and writing the Chief never realized how fast I was driving. I never got a ticket, though (thank heaven – imagine that headline). I did have some close calls ...

The one person who did know how fast I had to drive was Mrs. Moyer. When she accompanied the Chief, she would lean forward and ask, gracious as always, whether we needed to go quite that fast. So, I would slow the car down and wait. As soon as they started talking about the event, family, or anything else, I was able to kick it back up.

Wherever we went, people were always impressed with his accessibility, his approachability, his demeanor. People always responded to the fact that he was a very decent person, a down to earth guy in an important job. And I think that’s why they kept sending him back at election time. All who met him instinctively knew that they were in good hands with the Chief at the helm of this great institution.


Chief Justice Moyer (left) and Malcolm Cochran (right) oversee the installation of Cochran's granite sculpture in the north reflecting pool outside the Ohio Judicial Center. Chief Justice Moyer was an active supporter of the arts and was instrumental in bringing notable works for display in the Ohio Judicial Center for both temporary display and permanent installation.Doug Stephens, director, Judicial & Court Services Division, Supreme Court of Ohio
Looking out my office window earlier this week it occured to me for the first time that the words in the north plaza reflecting pond decribe Chief Justice Moyer perhaps better than any other word collection available. Although I realize not its original intent, it will now always be my reminder of the man.


Dan Shuey, law clerk, Office of Legal Resources, Supreme Court of Ohio
I most looked forward to the days where I knew I would be working directly with the Chief, reviewing jurisdictionals or going over oral argument cases. Every Monday before court we would meet and discuss jurisdictionals, but sometimes I would first hear a little about the Chief’s weekend ... like he had seen Avatar in 3-D and wanted to know what I thought about it (He thought it was interesting, but wasn’t a fan of the glasses he had to wear). Or perhaps he wasn’t able to get up to the lake because he had left Saturday morning for a meeting in Chicago taking place Saturday afternoon before flying back to Columbus on Saturday evening (simply looking at the Chief’s calendar made me exhausted).

I fear I have been spoiled by working for the Chief so early in my career. It is easy to work for a boss that you respect and like so much. The fact that he had my complete respect is obvious, a given; what was surprising was the respect he returned to me and to his entire staff. As a respected jurist, a leader of the legal field in Ohio for decades, he certainly did not have to listen to the legal ramblings of a newly-minted lawyer, but he did. If I worked on a case, and decided I disagreed with the Chief’s initial position, he would at least listen; occasionally I could even change his mind (although when we disagreed, more often than not, I had missed something, like a decades old case not cited in the briefs, but that he had stored in his memory ... “Daniel, I'm almost positive we have a case where we held ...” ).

As my career progresses, if I have the great fortune to work with people I respect half as much as I did the Chief, then I will consider my career a success.


Kenton Butcher, coordinator, Mail Center, Supreme Court of Ohio
When I first started working with the court the first thing the chief asked was "Where's your tie?" I never did wear one because, well they feel terrible around my neck. But after getting to know the chief I decided that if he ever asked again, I would wear one for him. He never did ask again I guess I was just lucky or he knew from the look on my face that I didn't like ties. I will miss seeing him going down the hall on the ninth floor and taking time to always ask, "how you doing Ken?"


Kelly Terry, Public Information assistant, Supreme Court of Ohio
Many people pass my desk every day, most say “hello” some even say “how are you today?”, while others pass without saying a word. It may be they’re busy with work or just life in general, but the one who was never too busy to say hello and wave was the busiest of anyone in the Court. Every day the Chief passed by my desk, and even on the days I could tell he was not feeling well, he would still wave and say “Good morning.” He always made everyone feel welcome and comfortable in his presence. Chief Justice, I will never forget the respect and kindness you held for all of us. You will be greatly missed, especially that simple “hello” in the morning.


Justin Kudela, case management counsel, Supreme Court of Ohio
One of the many things people have commented on over the past few days is the Chief's dedication to his work, but another aspect of him which I think we will all remember is how much he cared for and respected all the people who worked in this building. Also his dry-wit and sense of humor are how many of his will remember him. There are two stories that come to mind where each of these is illustrated for me.

  1. A couple months ago we were trying to get a decision out late at night, around 7 p.m., and it was just myself and Dan Fausey and we both said to the Chief that we'd stick around and he could leave, but he said he'd stick around and wait with us until the final vote was in. We finally got the decision out around 7:30 and that's when the Chief left and I had a few last minute things to handle before I left. The next day when I saw the Chief he said thanks for sticking around and I hope you didn't have to stay too late last night! His staying late with us, and comment the next day, really exemplified who he was and how much he really cared about what everyone does and everyone's role here at the Court.
  2. His dry-wit was legendary, but one paricular moment I remember was a little over a year ago when Dan Fausey had just started clerking for the Chief and broke his collar bone while riding his bike on the weekend. It so happened that I scraped my forehead pretty bad myself that same weekend playing as a goalie for a soccer team. The Chief saw me right after Dan had just dropped something off in his offce and was like what are you people doing on the weekends - refering to my bruise and that Dan had a broken arm. I said I got the bruise on my forehead playing goalie the past weekend in a soccer match - to which his response was I thought you could use your hands as a goalie?


Cindy Johnson, executive assistant to the Administrative Director, Supreme Court of Ohio
Several weeks ago I was waiting on Front Street for the WALK light. As I started to cross the street a black SUV began to make a left turn onto Front Street from State Street. It did not appear to me that the driver was going to stop to wait for the pedestrian traffic so I hesitated. The driver finally saw me and motioned me on. As I walked beside the black SUV, I saw that the driver was Chief Justice Moyer. He smiled and waved.

The next day I received a phone call from the Chief apologizing for "putting the fear of God in me." The Chief and I laughed about this, but I so appreciated that he made that personal phone call.

The Chief explained to me that he was paying attention to a staff member from Housekeeping & Grounds working outside the Ohio Judicial Center and what a great job the staff does keeping the OJC looking beautiful.

Chief Justice Moyer noticed and truly appreciated the work of the Supreme Court staff.


Jodie Marmon, CLE specialist, Supreme Court of Ohio
I had been on staff for a short time and rarely ventured forth from my cube space on the 35th floor and almost never visited the 3rd floor. One day I literally ran into Chief Justice Moyer at the revolving doors of Rhodes Tower. It was noontime and he was coming in as I was going out. For a moment we were face to face and when I realized who it was, I breathlessly blurted out, “oh, I work for you.” The Chief nodded and smiled a greeting, take-out lunch sack in one hand and the other holding the door for me. As I walked away, I realized that it made me ridiculously happy to know that I worked for Tom Moyer, a man who was fine with standing in the lunch line.


Dan Fausey, law clerk, Office of Legal Resources, Supreme Court of Ohio
We were at our desks last winter when the Chief came back into our hall and abruptly announced "everyone in my office!"

Brandon, Ken, and I grabbed note pads, Joe spun off the document he was typing and we rushed into his office. Each of us wondered whether something had gone wrong or whether there was some news.

Once in his office, the Chief directed our attention out the window to the river, frozen over with ice. Atop the river, just past the Broad Street Bridge, a shopping cart stood on the ice. "I need your dates," said the Chief, "when will the ice melt enough for the cart to sink in the river?"

We laughed, gave him our best guesses, and went back to work.

Turns out, I lost. I had to bring in a dozen donuts. I refused to let the Chief give me the money to buy them. A week later, he too brought donuts.


Dan Fausey, law clerk, Office of Legal Resources, Supreme Court of Ohio
Have you seen the Chief's writing desk?

It is trim, with pedestal legs and it stands at the height of your ribs. Sunlight warms the desk from the window behind, lending the cherry finish a deep glow at dusk and a bright shine during the day. Standing at the desk, a small statue of lady justice faces you.

Charming as it is, I never saw the top of that desk. It was always covered; memos, letters of entreaty and of gratitude, requests, pleadings, complaints, folders in carnival colors and stacks of paper with tabs and flags and paper clips and much more. The myriad decisions that the Chief Justice must make. From the administrative and mundane, to matters of life and death, these yards of paper greeted the Chief every time he entered his office.

And he would cut through them without delay. He did more work at that desk, standing, than most of us could manage. Perhaps he stood in order to avoid the temptation to languor on any decision. As Justice Holmes remarked, "Nothing conduces to brevity like a caving in of the knees."

When I picture the Chief, I see him standing at the desk, a folder open and a pen pressed briefly against his lower lip, before scratching out his directions and setting the folder aside.

This morning, when I arrived, the light was on in the Chief's office, so I went in to shut it off (he would have told me to). Out of the corner of my eye, I saw the top of his writing desk, empty today.


Chief Justice Moyer (left) participates in a traditional bread and salt ceremony with representatives of a judicial delegation visiting from Ukraine in November 2007. After Ukraine gained its independence, Chief Justice Moyer helped write the Ukrainian Constitution. He worked to support the rule of law in developing countries and hosted international delegations regularly.Rick Dove, assistant administrative director, Supreme Court of Ohio
I had the privilege of working for Chief Justice Moyer for all but three years of my professional career. I first met him in 1983 when I clerked for another judge on the court of appeals. I was often chosen to drive him and one of the other judges from the Court House to the Athletic Club for monthly lunches. At the time they said it was because I was the only clerk who could drive the Chief’s old VW Beetle that had a sticky, manual transmission and stalled on any grade of more than ten degrees. But, I suspected it was some sort of hazing ritual for new law clerks.

I lost touch with the Chief until I applied for a job opening at the Court and spoke briefly with him during the interview process. After I was hired, I discovered that he was more than just a boss; he was a mentor and role model. Working closely with him, I observed his benevolent nature, his patience, and his fairness. I better understood the importance of public service, integrity, and humility. These were invaluable lessons for a young lawyer, and they remain with me today.

The list of the Chief’s accomplishments is long and distinguished. Yet, he never undertook a task because it would add to his resume or bring him personal accolades. He was unfailingly focused on improving the administration of justice, whether it be in Ohio, Ukraine, or Chile. The Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch are stronger because of his efforts. And, each of us is a better person for having known him.


Brian Schooley, the Moyers' private gardener
It has been an Honor and privilege working with Tom for the past nine-plus years as his private gardener! He was always fun to work with!

Tom was an Honest American Leader working hard for the freedom and rights of everyone! He was friendly and fun to be around! Tom was humble, never boasting or bragging about “who” he was as “Chief Justice!” Instead Tom knew and proved the greatness of “who” he was as a family man, a neighbor, a friend and especially as a true American!

Tom died Friday of Easter weekend and would want Easter and the Resurrection of Christ to be my, your, our focus not him! That’s how great Tom was!

He would also want you to be happy, do your best, make the most of each day and especially want you to be a leader like he was to strengthen yourself, your family, your neighborhood, your city, your state and to make America and the world the best it can be!

Thank you Tom Moyer, Chief Justice Supreme Court State of Ohio for being a true leader and inspiration!


William B. Wheeler, executive director, Dayton Bar Association/Foundation, The Association for Legal Professionals
On behalf of our 1,550 Judge, Magistrate, Attorney, Legal Administrator, Paralegal and Law Student Members, the Dayton Bar Association wishes to express its sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. His legacy of leadership will be missed by all.


Mark J. Miars, Ohio Judicial Conference
Dear family members, friends and colleagues of Thomas J. Moyer, I had the great privilege to meet Chief Justice Moyer during my tenure at the Ohio Judicial Conference. He contributed greatly to the administration of justice. I am deeply sorry for your loss.


Richard A. Bernat, Judge, Hamilton County Municipal Court
To the Moyer Family: On behalf of everyone in my courtroom, please accept our heartfelt condolences. He was truly an amazing person who shared his wisdom of life with us all. Let him rest in Peace.


Marc Dann
Members of the Moyer Family: Thousands of Ohio families facing foreclosure have been able to keep their homes thanks to the strong will and willingness to entertain new ideas that Thomas Moyer brought to his job. My deepest sympathies to you on your loss.


Gregory F. Clifford, chief magistrate, Cleveland Municipal Court
On behalf of Magistrate David Jump, President of the Ohio Association of Magistrates, please find the attached statement of condolence in recognition of the loss of Chief Justice Moyer. Our deepest sympathies go out to all of the staff and Justices of the Ohio Supreme Court. May he rest in peace.


Judge Luann Cooperrider, Perry County Probate and Juvenile Court
My prayers are with the family at this time. He was a wonderful man and an honor to be a part of his judicial colleagues in Ohio where he will be forever remembered.


Judge Charles Steele, Van Wert County Common Pleas Court
On behalf of the Van Wert County Common Pleas Court I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Chief Justice Moyer on his passing. He was a model advocate for fairness and justice and a great friend of the lawyers and judges in the state of Ohio. He will be greatly missed. Surely, there is a special place in Heaven for him.


Judge Bill Young, 12th District Court of Appeals
Dear Mary and Family: Barb and I are so sorry we will be out of town and unable to attend the services for Tom. Tom was a giant in the legal profession and judiciary. He will be greatly missed by all who came into contact with him. You and the family will be in our thoughts and prayers.


Amy Ondrejko, court operations officer, Columbiana County Common Pleas Court
To The Honorable Chief Justice Moyer’s Family, the Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court of Ohio, Friends, and all Staff of the Ohio Supreme Court: You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this period of such unexpected sadness.

I had the opportunity to meet or hear the Chief Justice speak on several occasions over the years that I have worked in the Columbiana County Common Pleas Court. Of special note was our experience in hosting the Supreme Court in an Off-Site Session here in our county just last year in the spring of 2009. During the time he spent here, (and all other times), Chief Justice Moyer was a totally genuine and gracious person in his professional role but also very approachable and just a “nice person.” We had felt very honored to have Chief Justice Moyer and the Supreme Court here and proud to be a part of the Court’s efforts to educate and inform high school students and the public about the role of the Court, which I believe was a program the Chief Justice truly believed in.

I feel so privileged to have had the chance to know Chief Justice Moyer even minimally. However minimal the contacts, they left lasting impressions of a true gentleman who had passion for his professional role and genuinely cared about others. I know he will be truly missed by many.


Judge Nadine Allen, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Moyer was a great judge and leader. He shaped and improved Ohio’s judicial standards by revising judicial conduct; judicial campaign activities, and judicial education. In the 90s, he established the Ohio Commissions on the Gender Task Force and on Racial Justice, which have promoted the public trust in, and the integrity of, the Ohio Judiciary. For these reason, I am proud to have served with him, as faculty on the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College where I instruct on Racial Justice and Fairness/Access to Courts.


Judge William R. Zimmerman, Shelby County Probate/Juvenile Court
Chief Justice Moyer was a titan of jurist, a champion of justice and a true gentleman. He will be missed. The legal community has lost an exceptional lawyer and judge.


Ray and Paula Michalski
Like a puff of cool air on a hot summer day, Tom was needed, appreciated and gone way too soon. He came to his position with fearless determination and courage as a challenge to abuses of judicial power. Tom presided with intelligence, humor, dignity and humility and set a standard for judicial demeanor. Tom was on a constant journey toward the improvement and public understanding of the law – especially the judicial system. People with Tom's character are as rare as those cool breezes on hot humid days, and we should all be thankful that he was sent our way.

With deepest and sincerest condolences for Mary and the rest of the family.


Judge James L. Miraldi, Lorain County Court of Common Pleas
Like so many Ohioans, I was shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of Chief Justice Moyer. He was always a gentleman and will be fondly remembered by many lawyers and judges. He has worked hard to improve the judicial system and to promote civility among attorneys and judges. I wish to express my sympathy to his wife and family as well as his colleagues on the Court.


Gust Goutras
I wish to express my deepest sorrow and condolences to the family of Chief Justice Moyer. The Chief was so very supportive of me and the court which I served. In 2000 I was president of the Stark County Bar Association and we celebrated our 100th anniversary with an anniversary dinner. I invited the Chief and he drove from Columbus, in the middle of the week for a 7 o’clock dinner, and spoke as the keynote speaker. What a joy to have known him and a true sorrow to have lost him so soon. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss, and may your memories give you comfort.


Judge Steven R. Bird, Williams County Probate and Juvenile Court
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere condolences to the family of Chief Justice Moyer, his friends and colleagues at the Ohio Supreme Court.

Words seem so inadequate to express the sense of loss we all feel at the passing of the Chief Justice. For me personally, I have admired and respected Chief Justice Moyer for many years. When I took the bench in 1997 he did me and my family the distinct honor of coming to Williams County to swear me in to office as Judge of the Probate and Juvenile Courts of Williams County. His eloquence in describing the duties and responsibilities of the office, and his emphasis on dedication to public service and the importance of our children and families in particular made a lasting impression. His words have served as a guide for me in carrying out my judicial role over the intervening years.

It wasn’t for me only that he made his remarks, however. A close friend of mine who attended the ceremony commented that Justice Moyer's remarks gave him a deeper understanding and a new respect for the role of the judiciary and the special place it occupies in our system of government. I know that would please Chief Justice Moyer very much because of his determination to use every opportunity to educate the public about the “third branch of government.” Indeed, his example has inspired me to take every opportunity to educate the public about this critical aspect of our government as well.

Ohio is a much better place because of his leadership; our judiciary are better prepared and equipped for service because of his example. His will be difficult shoes to fill.


Daniel Myers
This is to express my deepest sympathy for the untimely passing of Chief Justice Moyer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of grief.


From Sheila and Hugh Collins
Please accept our condolences. He was an outstanding jurist but, more importantly, he was a gentleman in every sense of the word.


Robert I. Friedman, Esq., Black McCuskey Souers & Arbaugh, LPA
My sincere condolences to Tom’s family. Tom was a fine gentleman, a great representative of our Ohio State University School of Law Class of 1964 and exemplary citizen of our State of Ohio and the United States. His common sense approach to the law and kind demeanor to all will be sorely missed.


Shirley A. Cochran, attorney at law and mediator
I remember arguing a case in front of the 10th District Court of Appeals in which the one of the panelists and decision writer was then Judge Moyer. He asked probing questions and wrote an opinion based upon those questions and answers.

He was the District 7 representative to the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors when I sat as the Young Lawyer Representative for 9 months in 1985-1986. He stood up for my position when the group went into executive session and I was asked to leave for which I was grateful. I was very impressed when he resigned that position to run for Chief Justice as there were so many problems with the Court and the Bar at that time.

As the Mediation “Circuit Rider” from November of 1990-May 1992, I had the pleasure of introducing the Chief Justice at the “opening” of each court’s program. When people praised him for his work in mediation, he never failed to direct that praise to those of us in the “trenches” who were actually doing the mediations. I was honored to be mentioned in his speeches at those functions and after when he spoke with pride of the progress we were making with mediation in Municipal Courts.

After all of those years, whenever I had the opportunity to be at a function at which the Chief Justice was also present; I was humbled that he greeted me by name even though I had not been working with the court for decades.

He will be missed and we are lessened by his passing. My sympathies to his family, to the Court, to all of Ohio’s judiciary and all Ohioans for having lost a great man.


Keith O’Korn, Esq.
My name is Keith O’Korn, and I have been an attorney in Ohio for 11 years. I have two special memories of the Chief Justice. First, I met him when I was 17 years old in the fall of 1986 when he was campaigning for Chief Justice. I was helping Congressman Kasich campaign and there was a rally in Westerville at a small park right next to Alum Creek. I got to sit on the stage and I met the Chief Justice and Woody Hayes. I remember how cordial and nice the Chief Justice was to me, even thought I was a mere 17 year old nonvoter. Second, when I was taking the bar exam at Vets in 1998, the Chief Justice came into Vets during the second day when all of us where feeling pressure and fatigue; he spoke about doing your best and that the hard work would be worth it. His words were most encouraging to me and reminded me why I had chosen to go to law school and take the bar. Currently, I litigate criminal appeals and I wish I would have had the opportunity to argue a case in front of the Chief Justice. As our society has become more acrimonious, the Chief Justice set a wonderful example for attorneys to follow in their conduct with the courts and other attorneys and people in general.


Senator John Carey, 17th District
I was so pleased to be able to visit with Justice Moyer at lunch last month. He was as vibrant and optimistic as ever. His passing is a great loss for our state. He was a man of honor and kindness with a mental toughness that helped to shape not only his life but the future of Ohio.

My condolences to his family and colleagues. We are all better off because of the contributions he made with the gifts that God had given him. A job well done, well done indeed.


Judge William G. Lauber
On behalf of Karen and myself, I offer you our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Chief Justice Moyer. Having served as a judge on the Lima Municipal Court bench for the past 28 years, I have been privileged to have seved under his leadership for almost 24 of those years. One of my proudest moments on the bench was when he swore me in as President of the Ohio Municipal and County Court Judges’ Association in 1997. The articles of tribute that I have read since his death have mentioned his integrity, his mild-mannered and even-handed approach to problem solving and his love of the law but I most appreciated the times when he would come to our association meetings and just talk to us as fellow judges and be genuinely interested in our daily problems and concerns. He would then return to Columbus and, actually, seek to remedy them, when he could. He was a true gentleman and a man that I not only admired but deeply respected. He will truly be missed but he will never be forgotten.


Joe Svete
Wishing our deepest condolences and sympathy to Mary and the rest of Tom’s family. Chief Justice Moyer was the epitome of professionalism, a legal scholar and caring human being. There was never a time that he would not give of himself to help others; he always placed the welfare of others before his own. He was loved by not only his friends, but was also loved and respected by adversaries. The State of Ohio, the legal profession and his family suffered a great loss. We will all miss him.

May God bless him and his family.


Guillermo (he knew me as “Mito”) Rojas
Dear Moyer Family and Loved Ones,

My family and I were deeply saddened by the news of Chief Justice Moyer’s passing last week. Mr. Moyer served as a host when my father came to study at Ohio State University as a foreign student from Peru in the 1960s. After my dad married, my parents remained good friends with Mr. Moyer and Pam. As a child, I remember spending a number of afternoons playing with their son Drew.

During high school, I became serious about aiming for a career in law, and Mr. Moyer allowed me to “shadow” him during a normal day at work. He kindly brought me with him to a number of scheduled activities, including what I remember to be a luncheon before a room full of attorneys (maybe in an attempt to dissuade me from pursuing law). Despite a terribly busy schedule, he took me around his chambers, introduced me to his staff, and shared his thoughts about his career. He instantly became a role model for me.

Later, I attended Ohio State Law School, and I worked as a legal extern at the Ohio Supreme Court for Justice Deborah Cook. While there, I would sometimes pay Mr. Moyer a visit, and he would ask about the externship, law school, my parents, and generally, how things were going. Years later, after I was in the process of leaving active duty as a Navy Judge Advocate, I called him to ask about his thoughts on the legal market in Ohio, and, in particular, in Columbus. He took the time to give me his thoughts and graciously agreed to meet with me on a visit I made to Columbus. He spent at least an hour with me offering career advice and also chatting about some initiatives he was working on – including his involvement in the renovation of what became the Ohio Supreme Court building. I was deeply honored when he said I could list him as a reference.

I wanted to share a few of my memories of Mr. Moyer in an effort to describe his class, humility, and how he genuinely cared for his profession and friends. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He set an example for me, and I’m sure, countless others. You have my deepest sympathies, and the deepest sympathies of my family, and I pray that you have the strength in the coming days to celebrate Mr. Moyer’s remarkable life.


Charles A. Neff, MBA, executive director, The Lorain County Board of Mental Health
Through your efforts, constructive changes are happening all across Ohio in the lives of the families and youth who become involved in various social service and justice systems. Many of these changes are a direct result of collaborative efforts that were fostered during the Ohio Summits on Children. You were the driving force behind this effort and I thank you for your vision and leadership. Your legacy lives on in the lives of these children.


Judith A. Christley, Retired of the Eleventh District Court of Appeals
Words cannot express my gratitude for the amazing work done over the past 20-some years by Chief Justice Moyer. He restored the dignity and integrity of the judicial system in Ohio. I had the pleasure of running with him in 1986 and thereafter. He inspired confidence, loyalty and dedication. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and to the Ohio Judiciary.


Martin O. Parks, Common Pleas Judge, ret.
Chief Justice Moyer was an untarnished model for the rest of the Ohio judiciary to follow and respect-as well as presenting an image of honesty (real) for the citizens of Ohio. He was kind enough to come to Lake County to swear me in.


Lynda D.Gledhill, administrative asst., Auditor of State Mary Taylor, CPA
My sincere condolences to the Moyer family and friends. As a citizen of Ohio I know the Chief Justice will be sorely missed. My prayers are with the family at this most difficult time.


Mary M. Holtrey, Morrow County auditor
To the Family and Friends of The Honorable Chief Justice Thomas Moyer: My heart goes out to you in this great loss. He will be missed. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


Lori McGinnis, magistrate, Ashland, Ohio
I am writing to send condolences and express my sympathy over the loss of an excellent and dedicated jurist.


Chief Justice Moyer explains dispute resolution to a student in the Visitor Education Center on the Ground Floor of the Ohio Judicial Center. Chief Justice Moyer established the Visitor Education Center in 2005.Dwight Groce, Columbus
Like so many others, I am shocked and saddened with the passing of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. I recall the many times I took high school students participating in the Summer Leadership Intern Program (SLIP) for a tour of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Moyer would always meet with them when his schedule permitted. He was very accommodating and treated the students with respect. The Supreme Court also participated in SLIP hiring several student interns. Many of those students are now attorneys working in private law firms or for state government. It is a testament to the commitment and impact Chief Justice Moyer had for the education of our youth. He will certainly be missed.


Judge Rex Fortney, Probate and Juvenile Court, Van Wert County
I want to express my shock and sense of loss at the death of Chief Justice Tom Moyer. I have been a judge for 25 years so, he was Chief Justice during almost all of my time on the bench. I found him to be always a gentleman, and with a ready smile and handshake at whatever event where our paths crossed. He treated everyone with respect and courtesy. I especially remember the special effort he made to come to Van Wert to dedicate the new Juvenile/Probate Court Room and building in 2003. This kind of effort demonstrated to the entire legal community how much he cared about the justice system. Chief Justice Moyer will be missed by all of us – judges, lawyers, and all the citizens of Ohio.

May God be with you and give you hope in all things.


Lou & Gloria Jean DiFabio, Geneva on the Lake, Ohio
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the Moyer family with the Chief's passing. He will be missed and always remembered by us as a dear friend, jurist and a lover of our music. His request for Gloria to play the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” at the OSBA functions was always a great finale. May God Bless him on his elevation as Chief Counsel to the Lord.


Judge Robert A. Douglas, Jr., Youngstown Municipal Court
My sincere condolences to the family of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.

My professional knowledge and opinion of him and his work from afar was that of great respect and appreciation. Even more, my close professional association with the Chief reflected his true commitment to the law and the fair and impartial administration of the justice system. The loss of your loved one is also our loss.


Judge David N. Abruzzo, Preble County Common Pleas Court
Undeniably Chief Justice Moyer’s leadership will be sorely missed at the Ohio Supreme Court and also by the legal community in Preble County. My condolences to the Moyer family, the Justices of the Supreme Court and to the Court's staff.


Peggy Bryant and Tom Long
Dear Friends,

We tried to think what we could say that you do not already know and feel. Anything we offer seems an understatement, whether in the sense of loss at Chief Justice Moyer’s passing or in the measure of his accomplishments. However profound our grief at his death, we all may be sure his legacy will speak loudly, to the benefit of all Ohioans and even beyond, for decades to come.

With deepest sympathy.


Holly A. Schlosser, court administrator, Williams County Probate Court
My sympathy and condolences go to Chief Justice Moyer’s family and staff. He was truly an asset to his profession. As one of the graduates of the Court Management Program I truly appreciate all the efforts he made toward education and training to make our local courts better able to serve our communities. I will remember him fondly.


Attorney Kathi McNabb Welsh, Mahoning County Chief Deputy Clerk of Court
Dear Mrs. Moyer and all those who loved our Chief Justice,

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of Chief Justice Moyer. During my term as the first female President of the Mahoning County Bar Association, the Chief Justice was wonderfully supportive and kind. He not only understood the law, but even more importantly the administration of justice. His legacy will live on in the many programs he developed during his service as Chief Justice. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Jana Champ
Thanks to the intuitive cognition of Chief Justice Moyer, roundtable discussions were established at the Supreme Court of Ohio to address various concerns involving Court Administrators, Clerks, Probation Officers, etc. This opportunity established a network for communication between staff members of courts similar in size and nature, long before most smaller counties had exposure to computers and the Internet. As a Chief Deputy Juvenile Clerk for a small county, I was fortunate to participate in many such discussions. The foresight of Chief Justice Moyer to address the needs of Juvenile Clerks, among others, is small, comparible to the many gifts he has given to the Great State of Ohio. His willingness to meet those needs prompted the Ohio Juvenile Court Clerks to honor him with its “Friend of the Clerks” award during a recent conference. Not knowing he would be receiving the momento, he took time out of his busy schedule to appear in person and offer words of wisdom and encouragement to those in attendance. Brief, though it may be, it is an extremely gratifying and memorable experience to have been led by Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer. My condolences are offered to those who love, respect and admire all that he meant to them.


MaryAnn Carlin, Cuyahoga Falls
Thank you, Justice Moyer, for your continued support of alternative sentencing options for criminal offenders. Your support of the Special Dockets section (drug courts, mental health courts, DUI courts, family intervention courts) has made tremendous differences in the lives of many offenders. You will be missed. My sympathy to your family.


Francis E. Sweeney, Jr., Esq., LLC, Cleveland, Ohio
Justice Moyer was a classy Jurist and a gentleman. He will be missed.


Todd
I had the privilege of knowing Chief Justice Moyer for the past decade. He was an avid supporter of Greater Cincinnati’s Annual Red Mass, which he faithfully attended (and spoke at) for several years. Chief Justice Moyer was a visionary leader with great integrity and he truly exemplified the ideals that St. Thomas More stood for (and eventually gave his life for). Our legal profession has suffered a tremendous loss with his sudden passing.

We will continue to keep his family in our prayers and we appreciate their sharing him with us for so many years.


John and Kathy Carnahan
Chief Justice Tom Moyer was an extraordinary figure in the Ohio judiciary. He was a study in even-handedness, fair play and quiet devotion to the betterment of Ohio’s court system. The story of his career reveals professional standards that every lawyer would do well to study and strive toward. In addition, he was a fine and interesting friend.

Our condolences and good wishes go to Mary, Tom’s loyal and gracious wife.


E.J. Griffith, court administrator, Greene County Court of Common Pleas
Judge Timothy Campbell and Judge Steve Wolaver, and the staff of Greene County Common Pleas Court, General Division, would like to extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family and Supreme Court staff, in the sudden loss of Chief Justice Moyer.

With Sincere Sympathy.


Judge Frank Ardis, Jr., Mansfield Municipal Court, Mansfield, Ohio
Please accept my condolences on the death of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer.


Jan A. Mottinger, Miami Clerk of Courts, Common Pleas and Second District Court of Appeals
As being of the Clerk of Courts in Miami County for 34 years I have seen a lot of judges come and go in Miami County, Second District Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Moyer was at the top of the list of judges that I had great respect for. Chief Justice Moyer will go down in history as one of the most honorable and respected judges in Ohio and throughout the United States.

Please pass on my condolences from the Miami County Clerk of Courts Office.


Judge Bev McGookey
On behalf of my colleagues on the bench of the Erie County Common Pleas Court, I would like to offer our sincere condolences to you, Mary, and the rest of your family at the sudden and unexpected loss of Chief Justice Moyer. “The Chief” swore me in 13 years ago here in Sandusky. Since that time I have had the privilege of meeting you and getting to know him. Particularly during the past couple of years, when I was serving as President of the Ohio Association of Probate Judges, I saw him quite frequently. It always amazed me to see that, despite the many projects he had going, he made the effort to attend almost every one of our many association meetings, dinners, etc.

The folks here in Erie County feel a special bond with him and have been proud to “claim him” as one of our own. Many of our colleagues attended high school, college or law school with him and speak very fondly of their memories. For me personally, he was an inspiration because he showed me that you could be soft-spoken but still very successful in the legal profession. I was also always impressed by his great humility, despite his powerful position.

Again, we send our sincere condolences. I am sure that I will never attend another meeting or function at the Ohio Judicial Center without thinking of him.


Judge Kate Aubry and staff
On behalf of my staff , we extend our sympathy to the Moyer family and the Justices of the Supreme Court and staff on the loss of the Chief Justice.

I had the pleasure of having the Chief Justice swear me in at the beginning of my current term as the common pleas judge in Wyandot County.

Chief Justice Moyer was gracious and accommodating. He has done much to improve the justice system in Ohio. He will be missed.


Judge Gary F. McKinley, Union County Probate and Juvenile Court-Retired
I had just returned from vacation in Florida when I learned of the passing of Chief Justice Moyer. This was particularly poignant to me because, even though he accomplished far more than I in his legal career, there are several similarities. I just turned 70 on April 1 and have served as Judge of the Union County Probate and Juvenile Court for 24 years. I retired in 2003 as the longest serving Judge on our Court. Our personal lives also bore some similarities. I remember the Chief speaking at the dedication of our new Courtroom and remodeled Courthouse in 1994. I was struck by how well he understood and valued the role of Juvenile Judges in Ohio and the compassion he showed for kids and families. I also admire the fact that he understood and advocated for the independence of the judicial branch of government. I want to express my sincere condolences to The Chief Justice’s family and everyone at the Ohio Supreme Court.


Judge Luann Cooperrider and staff, Perry County Juvenile Court
Our deepest sympathy is with you and your family.


Norm Veasey, Chief Justice of Delaware (1992-2004, Ret.)
To the Ohio Supreme Court and Mary Moyer:

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the untimely death of Chief Justice Tom Moyer, a great chief justice and wonderful human being.

I had the honor to be Chief Justice of Delaware while Tom was Ohio’s Chief. And I had the high honor to be a President of the Conference of Chief Justices, as was Tom. So we were bound together for many years as colleagues in the Conference and its Presidency.

I believe that the Ohio Court and Tom’s family must feel, with me and many others, that Tom will be missed in ways we have not yet begun to measure.


Phyllis Greene
Tom and I have been friends for many, many years. We served on the Franklin University Board together, and, once, when, as chairperson of the nominating committee, I phoned to ask him if he would serve another term, he took my call in a plane! In later years, he was able to attend more meetings, and I was always glad to see him. He was a gentle, gentleman justice, and the community and the State are the better for having had him in our midst. With sincere condolences.


Hon. Ronald and Mrs. Stella Moon, Supreme Court of Hawaii
Dear Mary and the Moyer Family:

Stella and I were shocked and extremely saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Chief Justice Moyer, whom we had come to know and admire through our association at the Conference of Chief Justices. The people of Ohio have, indeed, lost a great champion of justice and dedicated public servant. He has left an extraordinary legacy as a chief justice, Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals’ judge, and private practitioner. He will be sorely missed.

We extend our deepest condolences. We hope that the many fruits of Chief Justice Moyer’s lifetime work will fill you with pride and that your many fond and loving memories of him will bring you much comfort during this difficult time.


Donald W. Colby, court administrator, Lucas County Court of Common Pleas
As the President of the Ohio Association for Court Administration, I wanted to present the attached as condolences on behalf of the organization. Thank you.


Linda Lovelace, court administrator, Area I, II, & III Courts, Hamilton, OH
The Ohio Association for Court Administration (OACA) has lost a great friend and mentor in the passing of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer this past weekend. The Chief Justice was a monumental asset in his promotion of the Ohio System of Jurisprudence. During his tenure on the Court, he was instrumental in expanding educational opportunities to all court personnel throughout the state. The Judicial College, established during his first term, provides many training opportunities at little or no cost for all court personnel. The result of the training is a much more professional justice system that would not have been possible otherwise. An example of the training is the implementation of the Court Management Program that was once only offered on a national level. Ohio was the first state in the nation to offer the training on a statewide basis.

Chief Justice Moyer also was a supporter of the professionalization of Court Administration during his years with the court. He spoke many times at our educational conferences and offered the services of the Supreme Court to our organization. He was such a very gracious man and always had a story or joke to tell. His interaction with the organization was always one of the highlights of the conferences. It was this selflessness, generosity, and commitment demonstrated by the Chief Justice that will be remembered fondly for many years to come. All of us are better people by knowing Chief Justice Moyer.

I have worked in the Ohio Court system for 31 years with the majority of that time being under the leadership of Chief Justice Moyer. He was a great man, an example to us all, and I extend my condolences to Mary and all of the family.


Doug and Patty Chamberlain, Logan County
Mary Moyer,

Sincere condolences from my wife Patty and I for your loss of your beloved husband, companion and friend. Because both of you made us feel so much a part of your larger Court family we share in your grief and include you in our prayers.

May you find comfort in your faith and draw strength from your family and friends.


Judge Keith P. Muehlfeld, Henry County Common Pleas Court
To the Moyer Family, Supreme Court Justices & Staff:

Please accept my sincere condolence for your loss. I am not able to attend the memorial tribute on May 1.

Chief Justice Moyer was a proud and shining example for our legal profession and for all judges. The State of Ohio owes him a debt of gratitude for his service and leadership. His personal class and integrity will be missed.

I always appreciated the time he took to visit and address us at our Common Pleas Judges conferences. About 12 years ago he visited Henry County and I gave him a personal tour of our newly renovated courthouse. It was just he and I, very personal, a memory I have always cherished.

May God comfort you during this difficult time and may God grant him eternal rest.


Deborah F. Comery, clerk of court, Rocky River Municipal Court
On behalf of the Clerk’s Office of the Rocky River Municipal Court, I would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer as well as to the members and staff of the Ohio Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer was a dedicated and innovative Chief Justice and worked tirelessly to improve the workings of not only the Supreme Court, but the entire court system in the State of Ohio. He will be sorely missed by us all.


Senator George & Janet Voinovich
Dear Mary and family:

Janet and I were shocked to hear of Tom’s death. We had the highest respect and admiration for Tom as a person and as a distinguished jurist who made a real difference in the lives of his fellow Ohioans.

I knew Tom was a class-act from the time I first met him and was fortunate to have the opportunity to get to know him when Tom worked with Jim Rhodes. In his quiet dignified manner he brought leadership, tranquility, competence and common sense to the Ohio Supreme Court. He will certainly be missed.


Chief Justice Moyer on the Anchorage Coastal Trail in Alaska in 2008.Judge Mike Fain, Second District Court of Appeals
Tom Moyer was first elected Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio in the same election in which I was elected a judge of the Ohio Second District Court of Appeals. In the years that followed, I came to know the Chief Justice as the leader of Ohio’s judicial branch, as someone who frequently attended the social hours at the meetings of the Ohio Courts of Appeals Judges Association, and occasionally, as a colleague when I sat by assignment on the Supreme Court.

Socially, Tom was a gentleman who took a genuine interest in others whom he met. He wanted to know how I was doing, and seemed to really care how I responded.

Professionally, in his role as leader of the judicial branch, he was a tireless worker in the myriad causes in which he committed himself.

Collegially, as a member of a panel of judges making a decision on appeal, Tom impressed me as always having a mind open to others’ points of view. He wanted to make sure he understood what the other judge was saying, and I always had the impression that he seriously considered what I had to say, even if, in the end, he voted a different way.

Tragically, he will not have the chance to lay down his honorable burden, to take satisfaction in looking back on the completion of a distinguished career, and to enjoy a post-retirement “victory lap,” able to savor some of life’s pleasurable experiences that he had to forego while discharging the duties of his office.

We will miss his steady hand at the helm.

In loving memory.


Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, April 18, 1939 - April 2, 2010Jean Atkin, retired court administrator, Lucas County Common Pleas Court
To the family of Chief Justice Moyer and the Justices/personnel of the Ohio Supreme Court:

While I am struggling to find the proper words, I want to express my deepest sympathy upon the unexpected death of Chief Justice Moyer. I met Chief Justice Moyer on a number of occasions and was privileged to serve on several committees/task forces for the Court. I worked for the Lucas County Common Pleas Court for almost 30 years and during that time, I observed the change in not only the Ohio Supreme Court but the entire Ohio court system upon the election of Chief Justice Moyer. He brought thoughtful and visionary leadership to the Court. He demonstrated a genuine dedication to the improvement of the judiciary in Ohio and recognized the benefit of providing assistance and professional development to not only the Judges but also the personnel of the courts in Ohio. He made every person working for a court feel important, no matter the level of their position. I’m sure he was unaware of how inspirational it was to be in the same room with him, seeing first-hand the impact of his natural leadership.

In January of this year, as part of a group of court personnel from a number of different states who were in Columbus to attend a training session sponsored by the National Center for State Court, I was able to attend a function at the Ohio Judicial Center. Chief Justice Moyer stood in the hallway outside of the courtroom to greet everyone upon their arrival. I was both pleasantly surprised and extremely honored when the Chief called me by name as I entered the courtroom. The Chief spoke to the group in the courtroom, explaining the history of the building, inviting the group to tour the building. His pride in the court building was very evident and numerous comments were made by those in attendance about the beauty of the building, the kindness and warmth of the Chief, and the professionalism and dedication of the Supreme Court personnel who facilitated the training session and helped to host the gathering at the Ohio Judicial Center. I was very, very proud to be a part of the Ohio court system.

Chief Justice Moyer epitomized the dignity and dedication those in public service should aspire to in serving the citizens of Ohio. He leaves as a legacy not only a beautiful building for the Ohio Supreme Court and the citizens of Ohio but also an Ohio court system which improved in so many ways under his capable leadership. He will be truly missed.


Judge Theresa Dellick, Mahoning County Juvenile Court
To the Moyer Family:

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. The State of Ohio has lost a great leader, visionary and a true advocate for the judiciary. Chief Justice Moyer was committed to fairness, impartiality and equality. He was a consummate gentleman and respected jurist. I had the privilege of being administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Moyer and will cherish that memory. My prayers and thoughts are extended to you during this difficult time.

With deep sympathy.


Judge Mike McClurg
On behalf of myself, my family, and my staff, I express my sincere condolences to the family of Chief Justice Moyer. He was a great leader and a true friend to all of the judiciary! We will miss his kind way of taking care of business!


Magistrate Jeffrey K. Milbauer, Butler County Juvenile Court
To the family of Chief Justice Moyer and the entire Supreme Court and its staff.

Please accept my condolences on the loss of the Chief. The loss is a great one for the citizens of our State as well as our judiciary. As a Juvenile Court Magistrate, I feel that we have lost one of our greatest supporters. God Bless Chief Justice Moyer, his family, friends, and staff and the Supreme Court of Ohio that he served so well.


Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove, Summit County Common Pleas Court, vice president, Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association
I wish to express my great sadness at the passing of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer. My thoughts and prayers will be with his family and the Supreme Court staff at this most difficult time. Justice Moyer was a “judge's judge.” He embodied the qualities of hard work, professionalism, and great intellectual thought in discharging his duties as a member of the Ohio Supreme Court. Also, Chief Justice Moyer was generous with his time. He never missed a meeting of the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association (OCPJA) and was constantly devoting his life to the betterment of the judiciary in Ohio. In fact, I was scheduled to participate on a panel with him in Akron next week to discuss merit selection of judges. On both a professional and personal level, I will miss his presence on the court immensely.

With Deepest Sympathy


Tim & Karen Curtin, Forest, Ohio
We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in your lives.


Jean Wieber and family, Sandusky, Ohio
Dear Mary and family,

Your have our deepest sympathy in the loss of Tom. He was a delightful person and at last is free of pain and suffering. I remember when he came to our shop, Sailor’s Sales, and Doug and he would chat about their sailing adventures. I think one of the last things that Doug did for him was put new rope on his sailboat steering wheel. Doug, too, passed away in August of last year.

Also, I remember Tom in high school, although he was a year or so behind me.

We can be assured that now they are sailing on the big course in the sky.

My heartfelt sympathy.


Mary Ann Dix, Albuquerque, New Mexico, former chief deputy clerk 1989-2003
I first met Chief Justice Moyer when I was a newly-admitted lawyer and he was in his first campaign for Chief Justice. I was so impressed by his apparent integrity and serious concern for the state of the judicial system. That first impression was reaffirmed over and over again when I worked at the Supreme Court years later. During my tenure, I observed how “the Chief” respectfully treated every person who worked at the Court as essential to accomplishing the goals of the Court, no matter how menial the person’s position might seem. Among all of the exemplary qualities he exhibited, that is the one I will remember most. My deepest condolences to Mrs. Moyer and the Moyer family.


Bernice Smith, Marysville, Ohio
To the family of Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer:

I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing on last week. Even though my personal acquaintance with Chief Justice Moyer was minuscule, he set the bar high for what, public character, I expect from a public servant.

In 2004, I formally invited Chief Justice Moyer to be a Mystery Reader for the first graders of Mrs. Terri Byers’ classroom at Darby Woods Elementary School in the Southwest City School District of Ohio. Not only did he honor the request to read to the students, but he also accepted the request by the students to join in with them to sing and dance the “A-Tooty-Ta”, what a sight that was to behold.

It is because of his kindness that, even though I had moved to Marysville, Ohio by this time, I in return volunteered in his re-election campaign in 2004. It was an additional honor to receive an invitation to his swearing in ceremony – one of which my children will not forget – especially when he took the time during such an important occasion to stand for pictures with them. As a mother of four children, I try to make many opportunities the occasions in life in which to learn from, and it was well worth the drive on that night for that lesson.

It is with hope, that though this may be a sad occasion for your family, you will hold onto the positive way in which: Husband Moyer, Dad Moyer, Grandfather Moyer, or Uncle Moyer has loved you and has been a friend to the state of Ohio. The service that he was so committed to has in many ways aided all the citizens of Ohio. He has left a void in the legal system that, I feel, will be tough to fill.

Thank you for making the sacrifice of time by sharing Chief Justice Moyer with the citizens of the state of Ohio, so that he could help in the Ohio Supreme Court’s interpretation of the state of Ohio’s legal system. May it sooth your hearts to know that the work that he has done will have an everlasting effect on the citizens of Ohio through the legal system that he so enjoyed serving.

In Sincerity.


Ben Rose, chair, David E. Freel, executive director, Ohio Ethics Commission
On behalf of current and past members and staff of the Ohio Ethics Commission, we wish to express our sorrow at his loss and forward our condolences to the family of Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, to his extended family within the courts, and among lawyers and layman alike.

The Ethics Commission experienced the pleasure of working with the Chief on related efforts. He was a true model of ethical public leadership and service for those who enjoyed his company and the many he mentored. The Chief and the impact of his work will be deeply missed by those who were honored to know him, and so many more, who did not have that opportunity.


The Honorable Thomas J. Moyer, Chief Justice, January 1, 1987 - April 2, 2010Deb Alspach, Marion Family Court
Chief Justice Thomas Moyer was a man of vision, such a man is rare. But the man who possesses vision, compassion, gentle persuasion, and the selfless leadership to motivate others in such a way that makes us think that we were the ones who saw the need and accomplished the goal, is a rarer man still. The Chief had all these qualities and more, but these are the ones that we will miss the most. He inspired us, he made us proud to be lawyers, judges, administrators, support staff, security . . . His confidence in us made us want to reach farther than we ever thought we could. And we did. He united us even when there were differences by finding the common ground. By his example he made us better people. It is up to us now to carry on; to see beyond ourselves; to reach farther, to lead unselfishly.

To the Moyer family, thank you for sharing your husband, your father,your grandfather with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve.

To all the members of the Court and staff, we share the loss of our leader with you. Let us pay the Chief the ultimate tribute by incorporating in ourselves the qualities we admired so much in him.


Janet L. Miller, senior vice president & general counsel, UH Hospitals, Shaker Heights, OH
I have just returned from vacation. Please extend my condolences to the Moyer family.

Justice Moyer always took a personal interest in the advancement of the law and lawyers. He attended a number of the Red Masses here in Cleveland to celebrate the beginning of each new term of the Supreme Court. He was present when I received an award relating to my legal and community work and I appreciated his taking the time to be at the event. He is a great loss to the legal community, to his local community and to the State.


Judge Michael J. Voris, Clermont County Domestic Relations Court, Batavia,Ohio
My sincerest condolences on the passing of our CJ. He was quite a man and it was a pleasure to serve with him at the helm since I was elected to my court the same year that he was elected as Chief. It was a pleasure to serve as co-chair of the Supreme Court’s Court Security Committee that he formed in the ‘90s.

God Bless


Russ Leffler, Huron County Prosecutor
I am so sorry for your loss as the Justice was not only a fine steady jurist, but a splendid man. Always appropriate but witty and charming and interested in so much. He will be missed by all of us in north central Ohio who consider him one of ours.


Attorney Sherill L. Liebschner
I am an attorney in Columbiana County. I spoke with Chief Justice Moyer when the Ohio Supreme Court visited here last year and worked with the students who took great interest in this event in which actual arguments were heard. Chief Justice Moyer spent a great deal of time with our local attorneys including myself and it was greatly appreciated as well as a learning experience. Chief Justice Moyer also swore in me and a friend as lawyers after we passed the bar in 1996. We were late for the ceremony because we got lost and could not find a parking space in downtown Columbus. We were touched that he swore us in separately after the ceremony. I will never forget his kindness. I believe he was an excellent jurist and an asset to Ohio. May God bless him, his family and friends.


Scott Snoke
I had the honor of serving under Chief Justice Moyer for several years shortly after he was elected. I have always maintained a very special memory for the time I served the court. I remember him as a great man and will always look back on my time serving under him as one of the best periods in my career. My heart goes out to his family, friends, employees and all who knew him and are grieving at this time.

In deepest sympathy.


Dorothy Bretnall
He will be especially missed for his work on projects benefitting children.


Pam Browning
As a Magistrate, it has been my pleasure for nearly 20 years to hear the Chief Justice address the Ohio Association of Magistrates at our annual meeting. He was a good and decent man, as well as a great judge. We whose privilege it is to sit on the bench have all learned so much from his example. I hope that someday people will remember me with just a fraction of the regard they feel for Chief Justice Moyer.


D. Jim Brady
Adding to the sadness of our loss is the fact that millions of adult Ohioans are clueless about the advancements he brought to the “forgotten branch” of government. The judicial system today, in my opinion, is light years ahead of the 1960's system.

I will sorely miss his dissents.


Roger Bloomfield, Bloomfield Law Office, Wilder, VT
I regret that I am unable to attend (the Memorial Tribute) since I now live and work in White River Junction, Vt. But, I wanted to share a comment of Chief Justice John Broderick of the New Hampshire Supreme Court made to me when I recently visited with him following my admission to the NH Bar. He learned that I was from Ohio, and as we reflected upon the many challenges facing the state courts in times of declining budgets, he noted that one of the colleagues he admired and to whom he had turned for conversation about state courts was Chief Justice Moyer. His influence crossed Ohio’s borders.

I recall our efforts to help him secure a place on the Court and am deeply saddened by his death.

Respectfully.


Jerry Stebelton, State Representative, 5th District
I loved Tom Moyer because of the manner in which he not only restored the dignity, professionalism and honor of the Ohio Supreme Court following a period of very troubling times, but also for the manner in which administered the Court on a day-to-day basic. He was the perfect person to step in when we were in deep turmoil. We will indeed miss him.


Edwin Gehring
God rest his soul.


Jack Zouhary
I was fortunate to be acquainted with Tom. All of us involved in the Ohio legal system are grateful for his many years of dedicated leadership.


Peggy and Dennis Murray
Justice Moyer was a friend of ours. He was my four-year high school classmate and a person that I greatly admired. There was no one like him and he served us all well.

Justice Moyer was, in every sense of the word, a fine public servant. We were all the beneficiaries of his long career in Ohio.

However, we are heartened by the fact that Justice Pfeifer has been the face for the Court in this sad, but very proud, period of Ohio history.


Bill Wolff, Second District Court of Appeals, Ret.
Tom Moyer is richly deserving of all of the kind words that have been and will be spoken about him. Thank you for your efforts in honoring him and recognizing his accomplishments. We judges are all better for his having been our Chief. Best wishes!


George E. Yund, managing member, Frost Brown Todd LLC, OSU class of 1974, University of Michigan JD class of 1977
I can confirm his unfailing civility to Michigan-trained advocates appearing before the Court.


Dave McClure
Tom and I were law school classmates, same study group, good friends, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.


Denise Callahan
I want to send my sincere condolences to you and the other justices. Chief Justice Moyer was a wonderful man who often took time out of his busy schedule to help me with my articles. I’m not sure many other Supreme Court justices would do that.

He will be greatly missed!


Damian B. Kelly, vice president & general counsel, Kelly Power Services, LLC, Cincinnati, OH
I remember Chief Justice Moyer, he spoke at my bar examination and also at my swearing in ceremony. I am proud to be a member of the Ohio Bar that was served so well by Chief Justice Moyer. Please extend my condolences to his family and all those who knew Chief Justice Moyer and will miss him.

Most Sincerely


Chief Justice Moyer (right) and Justice Alice Robie Resnick (left, retired) react to questions during a 2004 high school press event in Morrow County. Chief Justice Moyer established the Off-Site Court Program in 1987, which takes the justices twice yearly to counties outside of central Ohio. The program enables students and other interested citizens to see the Court in action.Ronald G. Kaufman
Unfortunately, I will be out of state on May 1, and will not be able to attend (the Memorial Tribute). My thoughts on that date and long after will be with him and his family. I totally agree with you that Tom’s aspirations for the courts and the bar were well directed. I am sorry more people did not get behind his ideas to remove the judiciary from the partisan political process.

Hopefully, someone else on the Court will pick up that baton and run with it to a successful conclusion, for the benefit of all of us.


Maria Velalis, Buckeye Valley High School
Chief Justice Moyer will be greatly missed by me as well as other Ohio educators. We are indebted to him for the wonderful things he has done for our students and the educational system in Ohio. The traveling court to Delaware, Ohio was an extraordinary opportunity our students had the pleasure participating and will be a lifetime experience and memory for them. His passion for education and the justice system speaks through his actions over the years.

Chief Justice Moyer will be remembered always as an advocate for education. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. May His Memory Be Eternal.