Sunday, 9 May 2010

Frederick James Kealiimahiai Titcomb

Frederick James Kealiimahiai Titcomb, a retired District Court judge and former Honolulu deputy prosecuting attorney, died Friday, March 10, 2000 in Honolulu. He was 77. Born in Honolulu, Titcomb was a descendant of early U.S. settlers. He also was of Hawaiian and Chinese ancestry and his great-great-grandfather, sugar plantation owner Charles Titcomb, married into Hawaiian royalty. Frederick Titcomb graduated from St. Louis High School and was a student at Washington State College when the United States entered World War II in 1941. He dropped out of college to enlist in the Army and served in New Guinea and the Philippines. Titcomb earned a Purple Heart and two Bronze Star medals for his combat service. After the war, he returned to Washington State College and then attended Cornell University. He married, and he and his first wife, Norma, returned to Hawaii. The couple would later divorce. The family moved to San Francisco in 1953 so Titcomb could pursue a legal education at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law. To put himself through school and to support his family, Titcomb worked as a warehouseman, trucker, door-to-door salesman and night janitor at Hastings. After graduating, he returned to Hawaii and worked as a law clerk for Judge Jon Wiig. In 1956, he went to work as a city prosecutor, where he won more than 40 consecutive jury convictions. In 1960, Titcomb ran as a Republican against Dan Inouye for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Inouye won by a nearly 3-to-1 vote and two years later was elected to the Senate. In 1962, Titcomb was named a Honolulu District Court judge. In addition to practicing law, Titcomb was a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and was frequently seen on "Hawaii Five-0." In 1983, Titcomb married Marcia Vander Zicht, who was his nurse after open-heart surgery.

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