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He married: (1) Ruth Belden Smith in 1908; (2) Caroline V. Glaizer in 1931; (3) Helen Jane Cox in 1944.
An obituary was published in The Oregonian newspaper, Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, December 22, 1956.
Service on Supreme Court Crowns Long Legal Career
Associate Justice Walter L. Tooze, who died Friday, was to have become chief justice of the court early next month. He had been a member of the supreme court since November, 1950, when he was appointed by then Governor Douglas McKay to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Justice J. O. Bailey. The following January, Mr. Tooze began serving the six-year term to which he had been elected in November, 1950. He was unopposed last May for nonpartisan nomination for a second term. Justice Tooze was born February 24, 1887, at Butteville in Marion County. He attended grade school in Woodburn, and Bishop Scott military academy in Portland and Mt. Angel academy for one year. He received his legal education at the University of Michigan from which he was graduated in 1908 with the bachelor of laws degree. Justice Tooze practiced law at Dallas, from September 1908, to May, 1917, when he entered active military service as a captain in the 361st infantry, 91st division. He resumed his law practice at McMinnville in 1919, and later moved to Portland. He was elected to the circuit court of Multnomah county in 1948 and went to the supreme court two years later. Justice Tooze also had been district attorney of Polk county, an assistant United States attorney general and chairman of the Oregon Republican national conventions of 1936 and 1949, Justice Tooze, besides being a member of the Oregon state bar and Multnomah County Bar association, was a member of the Laurelhurst club, City club, Knights of Pythias, Eagles, Oddfellows, Elks, American Legion and Methodist church. Justice Tooze married three times. In 1908 he married Ruth Belden Smith. She became the mother of Walter III and Suzanne, now Mrs. Dale Conn. In 1931 he married Caroline V. Glaisyer. She bore James Bagley Tooze and they adopted another son, Donald Frank. The second Mrs. Tooze died in 1942. In 1944 Justice Tooze married Helen Jane Cox, who survives. Surviving also are Justice Tooze's brother, Lamar Tooze, Portland lawyer and army reserve officer; a sister, Mrs. Walter Fisher, Roseburg, and three grandchildren. "The death of Supreme Court Justice Walter L. Tooze brings to a close the brilliant career of a respected attorney and jurist," Governor Elmo Smith said Friday. "Walter Tooze has been widely and favorably known in Oregon legal circles for nearly half a century," Governor Smith said, "and received a highly complimentary vote of confidence at the recent general election for another six-year term starting in January. He has served his native state and his profession well and his death brings to close the brilliant career of a respected attorney and jurist. I extend my deepest sympathy to his family."
Walter Lincoln Tooze
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