Guide to the Collection of the Siegel W. Judd, 1915 - 1919Manuscript MS-1221

Biography

Siegel Wright Judd was born in Leoti, Kansas, 19 June 1895. He entered Dartmouth College in 1914 and graduated in 1918. While at Dartmouth, he and classmate Gene Markey, and Leonard Joy, Class of 1916, collaborated on many Dartmouth musicals, with Judd and Joy as composers and Markey writing the book and lyrics. After graduating from Dartmouth. Judd received a law degree from the University of Michigan and practiced law in Grand Rapids. Judd was married to Dorothy Leonard and had two children. In 1931, he formed the law firm of Warner, Norcross and Judd. He died 2 September 1982, in Grand Rapids.

Gene Markey was born in Jackson, Michigan, 11 December 1895. After graduating from Dartmouth, Markey wrote novels and screenplays, was a film producer in California, and later in life was well known in thoroughbred racing circles. He was married four times, to actresses Joan Bennet, Myrna Loy and Hedi Lamar, and in 1952 to the owner of Calumet Farm, Lucille Parker Wright. Once, when there was a dispute over the winning horse in the Kentucky Derby, Markey was represented by Judd in the lawsuit, which resulted in a win for Calumet Farm. Markey died 1 May 1980 in Miami, Florida.

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