2017 Man of the Year
Judge Timothy E. McMonagle (retired)
Class of 1963
Timothy E. McMonagle, Class of 1963, was a Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas from 1983 – 1995. In 1995, he was appointed by then Governor George Voinovich to the Ohio Court of Appeals, Eighth Appellate District. While on the Court of Appeals, he served a term as Presiding and Administrative Judge. He also sat a number of times on the Ohio Supreme Court by assignment of the Chief Justice. He served until the end of 2004 when he chose to return to the Common Pleas Court, where, in addition to his regular duties, he served as head of the Mental Health Court until his retirement in 2010.
After Latin, Tim graduated from the University of Dayton in 1967 and then returned to Cleveland John Marshall School of Law (now CSU). He became a soldier in 1969 when he was drafted out of law school and into the United States Army. He then served a tour in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division as a combat medic. He earned various commendations, the most important of which to him was the Combat Medics Badge. He finished his enlistment and returned to law school. After the Ohio Bar Exam, he practiced both criminal and civil law. In 1980, he became a founding Board member of the Northern Ohio Vietnam Veterans. This Chapter was the very first chapter of the V.V.A. in this area.
He remained active in veterans’ affairs as a Judge. He has been a speaker at Veterans Day ceremonies on Cleveland Public Square, the Traveling Wall events at Cuyahoga Community College and at Mall A commemorating the end of the Vietnam War. He was also an active organizer of “Firebase Cleveland” which was the 1988 Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade and festivities.
Tim has served a number of terms as the Chairman of the Common Pleas Court Veterans Committee where he was instrumental in getting Vietnam veterans appointed to the county Veterans Service Commission. Presently, he is a member of the “Old Timers” – Vietnam Vets who allegedly are prominent in business and law. In this role, the “Older Timers” recently raised money to equip a home for veterans sponsored by the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry and made possible by the Cuyahoga County Land Bank.
In retirement, Tim has served as the chair of the Cuyahoga County Debarment Commission which reviews claims of persons and companies barred from doing business with the county. He also served as the Co-Chair of the Task Force on Judicial Excellence sponsored by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.
Tim is married to Christine T. McMonagle, who is also a retired Common Pleas Court and Court of Appeals Judge. They have two children. Ryan is a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Their daughter Talley is a social worker with the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.
Tim writes, “I am truly proud to be included in the elite group of alumni previously selected as Man of the Year, especially Judges George McMonagle ’24, John Toner ’33, Frank Gorman ’36 and Salvatore Calandra ’39. All of them friends and greatly missed. It is my great honor to be included with them. My four years at Latin taught me to appreciate the school motto “Opere et Veritate. Literally it means In Deed and Truth, but to me it means Act in Truth. I have strived to let that be my guide in life as citizen, husband, father, lawyer and judge. To any extent that I have achieved success, I realize it all began at Cathedral Latin School.”
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