The Honorable Samuel David Lenox, Jr. died on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Hospice in Hamilton, New Jersey. Born in Trenton on February 8, 1925, he resided in Princeton since 1974 with his beloved wife, Jacqueline. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline, his devoted daughter, Linda Fair Lenox, his sister, Barbara Miller of Dover, Delaware, niece, Barbara Geraghty, and her husband, Joseph, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, as well as nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Lenox Toddie.
Judge Lenox was a graduate of Trenton High School and Bucknell University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He graduated from Dickinson Law School and enjoyed a legal career that spanned more than five decades. He was admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Judge Lenox served as a judge for almost 40 years and then on recall for 10 years after retirement. He was appointed to the County Court by Governor Richard J. Hughes in 1966 and was later elevated to the Superior Court. In 1976 he became an Assignment Judge. In that capacity at various times, he supervised all judges and judicial personnel in the Counties of Mercer, Hunterdon, Somerset, Burlington and Ocean.
While he served on many Supreme Court committees, he was most proud of serving as Chairman on the Management Structure Committee which resulted in the complete reorganization of the judiciary into its modern structure of four divisions: Civil, Criminal, Family and Chancery. He also delighted in overseeing adoptions and officiating weddings for loved ones and friends.
He loved the study of the law as well as his judicial service. He was a tireless worker and was regularly found in his chambers late at night and on weekends preparing his opinions. A judge of impeccable professional integrity, he was a meticulous and devoted scholar of the law who found immense satisfaction and pride in his work, always striving to provide justice to the litigants and lawyers who appeared before his bench.
A veteran of World War II, Judge Lenox enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943, rose to rank of First Lieutenant and continued in the reserves after the war ended. As a youth he was active in the Trenton Jaycees. He was a licensed amateur radio operator broadcasting on his own station, W3JND. He was an avid skier and qualified for the National Ski Patrol. He loved dogs, especially Golden Retrievers. He always had one or two dogs and took daily walks in the country with his dogs by his side. He had a lifelong interest in horses since childhood when he was a member of the only Boy Scout Mounted Troop in the United States. Before becoming a judge, he owned harness horses which raced at tracks along the East Coast. This activity discontinued when he became a judge but he still enjoyed horses at his daughter’s New Jersey horse farm.
He was an emeritus member of the Princeton Old Guard and the Princeton Officers Society. He worshipped with his wife at the Nassau Presbyterian Church. He loved to fish on Barnegat Bay and in the ocean with friends and his daughter.
Funeral services will be private and burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Shaggy Dog Rescue, 1337 Banks Street, Houston, Texas 77006 or online (www.houstonshaggydogrescue.org).