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Albert Wheeler Coffrin, American federal judge. Bar: Vermont bar 1948. Trustee Middlebury College, 1973-1988, overseer, 1988-1993. With United States Navy, 1942-1945, 51-52; Commander Reserve 1952-1966. Fellow American Bar Foundation; member American Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, Burlington Tennis Club, Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Delta Rho.

Background

Coffrin, Albert Wheeler was born on December 21, 1919 in Burlington, Vermont, United States. Son of Morris Daniel and Florence Belle (Browe) Coffrin.

Education

AB, Middlebury College, 1941. Doctor of Laws, Middlebury College, 1990. Bachelor of Laws, Cornell University, 1947.

Career

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Coffrin received an A.B. from Middlebury College in 1941 and was a Lieutenant in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1942 to 1945. He received an LL.B. from Cornell Law School in 1947, entering private practice in Burlington from 1947 to 1951. He was again in the United States Navy during the Korean War, from 1951 to 1952, thereafter returning to private practice in Burlington until 1972.

On May 3, 1972, Coffrin was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Vermont vacated by Bernard J. Leddy. Coffrin was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 8, 1972, and received his commission the next day. He served as chief judge from 1983 to 1988, assuming senior status on January 31, 1989 and serving in that capacity until his death in Burlington.

He was buried at Burlington's Lakeview Cemetery.

Achievements

  • Bar: Vermont bar 1948.

Membership

Trustee Middlebury College, 1973-1988, overseer, 1988-1993. With United States Navy, 1942-1945, 51-52. Commander Reserve 1952-1966.

Fellow American Bar Foundation. Member American Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, Burlington Tennis Club, Phi Delta Phi, Kappa Delta Rho.

Connections

Married Elizabeth Ann MacCornack, May 14, 1943. Children: Peter Son of, Albert W., III, James W., Nancy (Mistress Michael G. Furlong).

father:
Morris Daniel Coffrin

mother:
Florence Belle (Browe) Coffrin

spouse:
Elizabeth Ann MacCornack

child:
Peter Son of Coffrin

child:
Albert W. Coffrin

child:
III Coffrin

child:
James W. Coffrin

child:
Nancy Coffrin (Mistress Michael G. Furlong)