Thayer "Ted" Baldwin Jr.
1940 - 2020
Iovanne Funeral Home
11 Wooster Place
New Haven, CT
Baldwin Jr., Thayer "Ted"
The Honorable Thayer (Ted) Baldwin Jr. passed away on December 9th from complications related to COVID 19. The family is grateful to the staff at Atria Larson Place who have supported his care over the past several years. Ted was born in Waterbury, CT. November 20, 1940 to Thayer and Hilda Baldwin. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Seth, his wife Barbara Geller and his former wife Judith Baldwin. He spent his childhood in both Watertown, CT and Hull, MA. Ted attended The Taft School, Yale University and Georgetown Law School. He made his home in his beloved city of New Haven CT. He had a long career in public service. He was among the founders of Long Wharf Theater as its initial Executive Director. He was Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven during portions of both the Frank Logue and John DeStefano administrations. He served as a Health Commissioner for the State of Connecticut. He was appointed Superior Court Judge for the State of Connecticut in 2001. Ted was known by all as a driven and authentic public servant. His dedication to others started in law school doing pro bono work during the civil rights movement. In private practice he fought for housing rights for people with disabilities. He was tireless in his work with state and local governments. As a judge, he gave fair hearing to the issues of economic injustice, institutional racism, and oppression. He focused much of his efforts on gun violence, fair housing laws, and juvenile justice reform. He was a dedicated father and grandfather. He was at peace when he had all of his children with him. He was generous with his joy when spending time with family and friends while participating in community theatre, dancing, playing cribbage, orchestrating clam bakes, and splashing in the waves at the beach. Ted is survived by his sister Elizabeth Baldwin, his children Teo (wife Suzy) Baldwin, Christopher Baldwin, Caitlin Baldwin, Jaime (husband William) Saturno, Jacob Baldwin, Sadra (husband Rashid) Baldwin and Derrick Baldwin Reyes. His grandchildren: Jordan, James(Cenzo), David, Roger, Eli, Giancarlo, Pricilla, Isabella, Zephaniah, Suzannah Estelle, and Nadia. His great granddaughter, Raine. Dear niece Anne Lipsitz.
A memorial service will be scheduled after COVID restrictions have passed and friends and family can safely come together to celebrate Ted's spirit and commitment to friends, family and community. Ted would feel strongly that those who want to honor their connection to him and his work to please direct donations to an organization of their choice that they believe honors his legacy. The Iovanne Funeral Home, Inc. is in care of his arrangements. Share a memory and sign Ted's guest book online at

Published by The New Haven Register on Dec. 12, 2020.
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Teo and family so sorry to hear about your Dad.I was fortunate to have met him through you he will be missed dearly by all that knew him and most of all his family.

Joseph Cretella
December 21, 2020
Ted was one of the great citizens of our universe! There wasn’t a person on the planet that he wouldn’t help or a person on the planet that he didn’t smile at. We will miss you dad. Our sympathy goes to all of your children and grandchildren, whom you adored so much! A great loss
There wasn’t a person on the planet that he wouldn’t help or a person
December 19, 2020

Ted was a wonderful caring person. He had a great smile and a great sense of humor and smile. I new him from my days in the Ambulance industry and later on in the Judicial Branch, Judicial Marshal Service. He will be missed. I send my condolences to his friends and Family in this time of loss.
Charles R. Epstein
December 14, 2020
Our family is greatly saddened to hear of the untimely death of a wonderful man we all liked and admired and respected so much. For many years a neighbor, Ted's oldest four children were close friends of my two sons for many eventful growing up years. We shared political campaigns and later I walked into a courtroom one day and found him sitting on the bench. He was best of the best in my book. A couple of my memories of Ted are a little too personal to recall here...but let it be said that when a friend was in trouble he showed up first! We send our love and kind thoughts and happy memories to all who survive this fine, loveable, funny, distinguished man. His life was a Blessing to all who knew him.
Cheryl Wilcox, Chris and Kalter Blauvelt
December 14, 2020
Dear Baldwin family:
I had the pleasure of knowing your dad when I worked for him as his bookkeeper for many years on Bradley Street. He was a lovely, charming, sweet and fair man who always had a smile on his face.
May he rest in peace and may your memories of him be happy ones.

Arlene (Rosenbaum) Miller
Arlene R Miller
December 14, 2020
Such a nice guy, I will miss the occasional run in at Larson Place. Our hearts go out to you T, AOJ, Cait, Jaime , sadie,& Jacob, jay and family.
Jay Matthews
December 14, 2020
Judge thayer Baldwin was a great person who i had the pleasure of knowing my condolences go out to the family
Adreanne good
December 13, 2020
Condolences to his family
Christopher Blauvelt
December 13, 2020
RIP Thayer/Ted . we will pray for you and your family. You were a great neighbor during the Logue years. Jane and Honoria.
Jane Beirne McGuire
December 13, 2020
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