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Passings : Deanne Smith Myers

Superior Court judge in Long Beach

August 27, 2008|From Staff and Wire Reports

Deanne Smith Myers, 64, a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge, died Wednesday from complications of ovarian cancer at her home in Palos Verdes Estates.

Myers was appointed in 1989 as a judge at the South Bay Municipal Court in Torrance, where she served for more than 15 years before moving to the Long Beach Courthouse in 2007. For much of her time in Torrance, she handled preliminary hearings and later moved on to probate and civil matters.

A native of Long Beach, Myers attended the Marlborough School in Hancock Park and USC, where she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. She later earned her law degree from Loyola University. She worked as a federal prosecutor after being admitted to the State Bar of California and worked in private practice before her appointment to the bench.

According to friends, she was an enthusiastic athlete whose favorite sports were running, swimming and cycling. She participated in the Los Angeles Marathon and the Catalina Island Triathlon.

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