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Senior Judge Thomas J. Lydon, of the United States Court of Federal Claims, died Thursday, March 1, 2012. Judge Lydon was appointed to the United States Court of Federal Claims by President Ronald Reagan on October 1, 1982. He formally retired on August 1, 1987, but continued to serve the court as a Senior Judge.
Judge Lydon was born in Portland, Maine on June 3, 1927. He graduated from the University of Maine, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and from Georgetown University Law Center, receiving an L.L.B. degree in 1955 and an L.L.M. degree in 1957.
Judge Lydon served his country in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946. He later served as an attorney in the Court of Claims Section, Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1955 to 1972, including service as Chief of the Court of Claims Section from 1967 to 1972, and as a Trial Commissioner of the United States Court of Claims from 1972 to 1982.
A funeral mass will take place on March 15, 2012, at 11 AM at St. Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland, with visitation at 10 AM at the church.