Retired 18th JDC Judge Ian W. Claiborne, 86, died Monday, October 17, 2011. After service as a U.S. Army combat infantryman in the European Theater during World War II, Judge Claiborne earned his BA in 1950 from Louisiana State University and his LL.B. (now JD) from LSU School of Law in 1952. After graduation from law school, he practiced law in New Roads and Port Allen. He was also an assistant to the secretary of the Louisiana Senate, 1957-1973, until he was sworn in as judge on the 18th JDC bench, where he served from 1973-1996. In addition to his membership in the American, Louisiana State, and 18th and 19th district bar associations, Judge Claiborne was a member of the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity, the American Judicature Society, and was a graduate of the National College of the State Judiciary. He was also involved in a number of civic organizations including the Pointe Coupee Parish Historical Society and West Baton Rouge Historical Association; and the American Legion in both Port Allen and New Roads, where he was a former Adjutant.