Al Gerson, longtime Jefferson County judge, dies at 89

By David Yates | Sep 3, 2013

Judge Alfred Gerson, who presided over Jefferson County Court at Law No. 1 for nearly three decades, recently died at the age of 89.

He retired from the court in October 2011, but declined an interview at the time with Southeast Texas Record to speak about his years of service on the bench.

Judge Gerson, born May 3, 1924, died on Aug. 16, 2013.

According to his obituary, Gerson enlisted in the U.S. Army on Dec. 7, 1942, one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Before moving back to Beaumont, Gerson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the South Texas College of Law in Houston.

He received his appointment of judgeship on Oct. 14, 1984, presiding over the county court for 27 years.

In 2006 the Jefferson County Bar Association awarded Judge Gerson the Blackstone Award, according to the obituary.

Judge Bob Wortham, 58th District Court, and plaintiff’s attorney Walter Umphrey were among his honorary pallbearers.

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