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Tom Castaldi - Artist, Judge William Lee, Everyday Star (A-15)




Tom Castaldi
Celebrity Artist

Judge William C. Lee
Everyday Star

A senior judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, William C. Lee received his undergraduate degree at Yale University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Chicago in 1962. He returned to his native Fort Wayne to practice law in 1962 and was named to the bench by President Ronald Regan in 1981. In 1988, he was recognized as Indiana Trial Judge of the Year, and he received the Huntington College Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1999.  From 1978 to 1981 Judge Lee was a member of the Board of Trustees for Fort Wayne Community Schools and served as its President from 1980 to 1981. He has been a member of the board of such civic organizations as Fort Wayne Fine Arts Foundation; Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra; Fort Wayne Civic Theater; and Legal Aid of Fort Wayne, Inc.   Judge Lee served as President  of the Allen County Fort Wayne Historical Society in 1993, and again from 2002 to 2006 for a total of six terms… the most any one person has served in that office to date.  While doing so, the Judge guided the organization to a return to prominence in the community, and reset it on a sound financial footing.  Among the lasting legacies he has instituted as president has been leading the way in publishing the 2005 History of Fort Wayne and Allen County, which has become the “go to” history book for the county. When it became clear that Fort Wayne Community Schools no longer had funding available for students’ visits to the “History Center,” it was Judge Lee who started the Heritage Education Fund.  It ensures that the youth of this region might experience the unique benefits that one of the largest regional history museums can offer. This Everyday Star has made it possible that our community’s youth see and touch the rich heritage that is their home.