U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Malcolm Muir died at age 96 in the summer of 2011, but the mark he left is such that more than a year later he was honored in two separate ceremonies.
On Friday, a portrait of the judge was dedicated in special ceremonies in Courtroom No. 1 at the federal courthouse in Williamsport.
The portrait captures the resolute spirit of the judge, who was handling Social Security appeals cases in his chambers until three days before his passing.
The nation's third oldest judge at the time of his death, Muir's contribution to the judicial system may have been best captured in a plaque that local attorney colleagues put together.
It states: "A pioneer in efficient judicial administration, he strove to be fair and precise. He succeeded."
During his stay on the bench that began Nov. 6, 1970, precisely 42 years ago Tuesday, Judge Muir was known for his impact on reforms that made the court system run more efficiently and at a faster pace. Courtroom No. 1 in the federal courthouse in Williamsport will always be Judge Muir's courtroom.
On Sunday, the new emergency room at the patient tower of Williamsport regional Medical Center was named for Judge Muir, underlining his contributions to the Susquehanna Health System.
Judge Muir left a mark on our community and in the places where he dedicated his life, including his family, that all of us would be proud to leave.