Reading, CT- The Honorable Warren Eginton, 95, died on October 7 at his home at Meadow Ridge in Redding.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, on February 16. 1924, Mr. Eginton graduated from Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor. His undergraduate years at Princeton University were interrupted in 1944 when he was commissioned at Fort Sill and then became an armored officer at Fort Knox. He was sent to the Philippines with the 716th Tank Battalion, and then became a war-crimes investigation officer for the trials of Japanese Generals Yamashita and Homma. While awaiting transportation back to the United States, he was caught in a crossfire involving Filipino constabulary and Japanese prisoners, so his return was delayed by six months for hospital convalescence.
Mr. Eginton arrived back in Princeton in the fall of 1946 and received a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton in 1948. He then attended Yale Law School and upon graduation in 1951, spent brief periods with the NYC law firms of Donovan, Leisure and Davis Polk, after which he became a partner of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, and then a United States District Judge in Bridgeport, where he served as an active and later, senior judge until his death.
For two decades Mr. Eginton visited Arizona and New Mexico for an annual stint as a visiting judge. He was the longest-serving federal judge in the history of the US Courts in the District of Connecticut. He served on many boards, including the Leadership Development Council, which sponsored the annual Medina Seminar at Princeton, the Hilla von Rebay Foundation, and Pine Island Camp in Belgrade, ME.
In 1951, Mr. Eginton married the former Marjorie Barr, who preceded him in death after 40 years of marriage. He later married the former Mary Leonard, who died in 2013.
Mr. Eginton is survived by his daughter Andrea Seaton and her husband Mike, of East Dover, VT; his son John Eginton and his partner Patrice Beck, of Mystic; and his granddaughters Katherine Seaton, of Durham, NC, and Sarah Seaton, of Fort Myers, FL.
Gifts in his memory may be made to Grace Cottage Hospital, PO Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353.