Judge George Darrell Neilson, age 87, former Superior Court Judge in Washington D.C., died Monday, June 6, 1994 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Judge Neilson served 51 years in the Superior Court, having been appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940 at age 33, becoming one of the youngest judges ever appointed by a president. In a rare occurrence, he was unanimously confirmed the same day by the United States Senate. Judge Neilson's commitment to his work and country carried him 30 years beyond normal retirement. Judge Neilson was born in Logan, Utah on June 20, 1906 to Peter Matt Neilson and Adelaide Cornelia Keaton Neilson. He was raised in Logan, Utah, graduated from Utah State University and then George Washington University's National Law Center.Along with his legal and judicial work, he was active in civil and community affairs. He was a member of the D.C. Bar, the D.C. Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Judicature Society, American Society of International Law, Inter-American Bar Association, Colombia Historical Society, Fellow of the Smithsonian Institute, and the University Club. He also took an active part in promoting hemispheric goodwill, and served as president of the Simon Bolivar Memorial Foundation, and spoke along with President Truman at the dedication of the Bolivar Statue in Bolivar, Missouri.
He also served as a member of the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival Committee, the National Citizens' Committee for Columbus Day, and was chairman of the Embassy Participation Committee of the Annual Christmas Pageant of Peace at the Washington Monument grounds.
For six years in the 1950's he was the presiding judge in the television series "Traffic Court". He retired in 1991 and returned home to Utah in 1993.
Judge Neilson was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served in various positions in his ward.
He is survived by his two sisters: Mrs. Ellen N. Barnes and Mrs. Adelaide N. McAllister, both of Salt Lake City, Utah; one brother, Roy Harold Neilson, of Washington D.C.; as well as many devoted nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter: Stephanie Neilson; four brothers: Preston M. Neilson, Rulon K. Neilson, Horace W. Neilson, and Alfred J. Neilson.
Following family services in Salt Lake City, Utah, interment will take place in the family plot in the Logan City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the University of Utah School of Medicine.
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