Mass. Chief Justice Steps Down to Care for Ailing Husband, Former ?N.Y. Times? Columnist Anthony Lewis

By: E&P Staff

Margaret H. Marshall, the first woman chief justice on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, announced Wednesday she is stepping down to spend more time with her ailing husband, former New York Times and syndicated columnist Anthony Lewis.

At a press conference, Marshall, 65, said she was retiring at the end of October because Lewis, 83, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

“Tony and I are both at an age when we have learned to value, value deeply, the precious gift of time,’’ Marshall said, according to an account in The Boston Globe by staff writer Jonathon Saltzman. “With deep regret, but also with deep conviction, I will relinquish my role as chief justice in order that, without distraction, Tony and I may enjoy our final seasons together.’’

“Lewis, who worked at The New York Times for 50 years until his retirement in 2001, looked frail on June 4 when the couple attended the unveiling of a portrait of US District Court Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf at the federal courthouse,’ the Globe story said.

Marshall is best known for writing the 2003 decision that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

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