Retired 40th JDC Chief Judge Thomas J. Malik, 75, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008. He was first elected to the 29th JDC bench in 1972 and was reelected in 1975. He was later reelected to the newly created 40th JDC in 1985 where he served until his retirement in 1992. He entered George Washington University in 1951 and joined the U.S. Army in 1953, serving three years. He attended Southeastern Louisiana College and Tulane University and in 1960 he graduated from Loyola University Law School. In 2002 he earned his MBA. He was a former president of the 29th Judicial District Bar Association and served on the Melvin Beli Trial Faculty on three occasions. He was a founder of the Roscoe Pound Legal Society and was a member of the Louisiana, Illinois and New York Bar Associations. He was a graduate of the National Juvenile Judges College and was a four time graduate of the National Judicial College, University of Nevada.