► U.S. Judge Donald VanArtsdalen of Philadelphia: 2018 Centenarian Award Winner Print E-mail

► U.S. Judge Donald VanArtsdalen of Philadelphia: 2018 Centenarian Award Winner


The state of Pennsylvania presented Donald West VanArtsdalen with a law license in 1948 after he graduated from University of Pennsylvania School of Law.


This annual award is presented to the Pennsylvania District Court judge who has distinguished himself or herself by refusing to retire from the bench even though in most instances they are holder than dirt.


The 2018 Geezer award winner’s attributes are as follows.

  • 100-years-old – DOB 1919
  • Appointed by Pres. Nixon to District Court in 1970
  • Assumed senior status on October 21, 1985

It should be noted that Donnie’s choice to take on senior status meant that he was only required to work 10 hours a week while continuing to collect 100% of a full-time judge’s annual salary, which as of 2019 would be $208,000. Put simply, Donnie has been required to work a mere 10 hours a week for the past thirty-four (34) years.


Had he retired in 1985 when he was eligible, he would have received a lifetime annual pension of $78,700,000. However, by refusing to retire, Donnie was entitled to all future pay increases, which subsequently added $129,300.00 to his annual wage and subsequent retirement.


I don’t know about you, but I would not be inclined to allow my legal matter to be decided by someone that is that is a part timer and 100-years-old. And that’s not to mean that I have anything against senior citizens. However, for Congress to allow this to happen is farcical at best.


And lastly, maybe this explains why they keep defibrillators, jumpers and oxygen tanks near Donnie’s courtroom.


As we speak (ca. May 2019), Donnie continues to be employed as a part-time senior status judge for the District Court in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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