Maine federal appeals Judge Coffin dies at 90

Posted Dec. 08, 2009, at 2:35 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Frank M. Coffin, who served four decades on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has died at age 90.

Don Nicoll, a long-time friend of Coffin’s, said the retired judge died Monday afternoon from complications from surgery to repair an aortic aneurism.

Gov. John Baldacci said Tuesday that Coffin distinguished himself on the bench and set the bar for judicial temperament. He called him “a compassionate man, a brilliant man and an icon.”

Coffin served two terms in Congress from the late 1950s to early ‘60s and then became deputy administrator with the Agency for International Development before being appointed to the court in 1965. He assumed senior status in 1989 and retired two years ago.

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