- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Fredric T. Suss, a lawyer and judge who worked for the federal government and in private practice, died Jan. 26 after 10 years of nursing care for advancing dementia. He was 92.

Judge Suss was born in New Britain, Conn. He attended Holy Cross College and earned his law degree at Northeastern University.

During World War II, he received a Navy commission, first serving as a communications officer and later in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. He was lead prosecutor in the Japanese war-crimes trials on Guam in 1946, which resulted in the convictions of Lt. Gen. Yoshio Tachibana, Adm. Kunizo Mori and Capt. Shizuo Yoshii for atrocities committed on American prisoners of war on the island of Chichi Jima in the South Pacific.

After the war, he moved to the Washington area and, in 1951, married Hilda M. McGuire, who also had served as a Navy officer.

Judge Suss provided historical background for and was quoted in James Bradley’s 2003 best-selling book, “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage.” He also contributed to the historical novel “Kataki” by Hank Searls, which was set in the South Pacific during World War II.

He retired from the Navy Reserve with the rank of captain.

He continued his legal career with the federal government in the early 1950s, working for U.S. Rep. John Foster Furcolo, Massachusetts Democrat. Later, he became a staff trial lawyer for the Federal Trade Commission and served as general counsel for the Small Business Administration during the Kennedy administration.

Judge Suss went into private practice, specializing in antitrust law. In 1975, he accepted a position in the New York state Public Service Commission in Albany as an administrative law judge until his retirement in 1980.

Judge Suss is survived by five daughters, Susan Jones of Germantown, Jane Wilkes of Queenstown, Md., Rosemary Cammaroto of Potomac, Madeline Suss of Bluemont, Va., and Jennifer Gilmer, of Bethesda; three sons, Christopher Suss of North Beach, Md., Jonathan Suss of Silver Spring, and Fredric Suss of Easton, Md.; and six grandchildren. His wife died in 1982.

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