SIMS, LORANG


[Marin County Obit Board]


Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, February 06, 2010 at 06:08:38 :

Marin Independent Journal
Wednesday, November 20, 1985


Justice Sims Dies

Retired appellate court Justice Richard M. Sims Jr. died Tuesday of a heart attack while hiking in Ross near his home. He was 75.

Judge Sims was appointed to the superior court bench by Gov. Edmund G. Brown in 1960 and the state Court of Appeals in 1964. Prior to his high court appointment, he had served [as] a Marin Municipal Court judge and as Marin County district attorney.

While he was serving on the appellate court, it was Judge Simsí decision that made it possible for Cristo to build his Running Fence in Sonoma County.

In addition to his long and varied judicial career, Judge Sims had a long record of civic service. He had been president of the Bay Area Social Planning Council and t he Marin Council, Boy Scouts of America, chairman of the United Way in Marin and president of the Kiwanis Club.

In addition, he had been chairman or an officer of numerous judicial and bar association panels.

He was Marin district attorney from 1950 until he was named municipal court judge in 1953. He served in that position until appointed to succeed the late Judge Jordan L. Martinelli on the superior court bench. In 1964, he was named to the first division of the appellate court in San Francisco. He retired in 1978.

Judge Sims was born in Berkeley and lived in Marin for more than four decades. He graduated from Stanford University with Phi Beta Kappa honors and from Harvard University Law School.

During World War II, he served with the Navyís amphibious forces in the landings on the Philippines and at Iwo Jima. He was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander.

He was a board member of the Mountain Play Association and the California Native Plant Society.

Judge Sims is survived by two sons, Richard Sims III of Auburn and Robert Sims of San Francisco; two daughters, Elizabeth Lorang of Baxter and Alice Sims of San Francisco; a close friend, Corinne Ryan of Ross; and three grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The family prefers memorial contributions to the California Native Plant Society.


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An obituary in the Nov. 21st paper adds that a memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Johnís Episcopal Church in Ross. It also says that he collapsed and died while hiking on the Dipsea Trail on Mount Tamalpais with a friend.



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