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1981 Speaker - Judge John Manos

U.S. District Judge John Manos was truly devoted to his career. On the bench for 42 years, Manos began his education at Case Western Reserve University’s Institute of Technology, where he graduated in 1944 with a B.S. in metallurgic engineering. While working as an engineer, he took night classes at the Cleveland-Marshall Law School at Cleveland State University, receiving his law degree in 1950.
After graduation, Manos began practicing law as an attorney in Cleveland, a position he held for thirteen years. He was a member of several bar associations, including:

  • the American Bar Association
  • the Bar Association of Greater Cleveland
  • the Cuyahoga County Bar Association
  • the Federal Bar Association
  • the Ohio Bar Association

His first appointment to the judicial bench occurred in 1963 when Governor James Rhodes selected Manos to fill a seat in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. From this point forward, Manos held judicial positions, serving as:

  • Judge of the Ohio Court of Appeals of the Eighth Appellate District (1969-1976)
  • Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1976-1991)
  • Senior U. S. District Judge (1991-2006)

A dedicated judge, he remained on the bench until his death in 2006.
Manos was highly regarded by his peers and received several honors for his contributions to his community and profession, including:

  • Case Western University Alumni Outstanding Service Award
  • Cleveland State University Alumni Distinguished Service Award
  • Man of the Year award from Delta Theta Phi (1970)
  • Man of the Year award from Phi Alpha Delta (1972)
  • Outstanding Alumnus of Cleveland-Marshall Law School (1976)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Northern District of Ohio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2004)

The son of Greek immigrants, Manos was proud of his heritage and initiated the creation of a scholarship for Greek students who were planning to attend college. By 2006, Manos’ chapter of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association had awarded over $300,000 to deserving students of Hellenic ancestry.

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