Joseph W. Bogdanski, 1931
Commitment to justice as a law practitioner and judge, his civil contributions, and his efforts for environmentalism and world peace.
For his commitment to justice as a law practitioner and judge, his civil contributions, and his efforts for environmentalism and world peace, Vermont Academy honors Joseph W. Bogdanski, a 1931 graduate, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
At the Academy, Bogdanski was an honor student, a class agent, and a star on the 1930 undefeated football team. At Colgate University, he was an All-American football player on their not scored-upon team in 1934. Sports Illustrated recognized him as a Silver Anniversary All-American 25 years later. Bogdanski was a college professor, attended Yale University as a graduate student, and received a degree from Hartford College of Law. He practiced law before serving in the US Navy during World War II, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant.
After the war he worked on the military staff of the Connecticut Governor. In 1947, Bogdanski became a judge, and served on the Meriden Police Court, the Court of Common Pleas, and the Connecticut Superior Court. In 1972 he was appointed to the Connecticut Supreme Court, and in 1981 became Chief Justice. A year later he retired, but served as Senior Judge of the Superior Court of New Haven County until 1991.