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UGA Alumna Rufe McCombs Maulsby, First Woman Elected Judge in Georgia, Dies at 94

It was 1942 and Rufe McCombs Maulsby (BSC ’40, JD ’42), then known as Rufe Edwards, who had already passed the bar exam, had just graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law. She was the only female in her class. She then got a job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.

Maulsby wanted to be a lawyer from the time she was a young girl. In 1975, the Georgia native became the first female elected judge in Georgia without prior appointment, receiving more than 9,000 votes, while her closest contender finished with 3,500 votes. She would go on to serve as a Municipal Court judge, a State Court judge and Superior Court judge before retiring in 1993 at age 75. She succeeded through the years despite blindness in one eye and bouts with tuberculosis and cancer.

While we are saddened by her passing, we celebrate the life of Rufe McCombs Maulsby. We thank Judge Maulsby for her outstanding service to the state of Georgia and for blazing the trail for other women. She emobodied the excellence of the University and its alumni.  

To learn more about Maulsby, the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., provides additional information here.

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Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

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