George B. Rasin, Jr. Courthouse. Photo courtesy of Gale Rasin.

The Kent County Commissioners made it official today: the George B. Rasin, Jr. Courthouse is open for the people’s business. With clear skies, Dave Eason of D&D Construction volunteered his team to install the sign over the courthouse door. The sign was made by Chester Sign Company.

George Rasin served as the first judge of the Circuit Court for Kent County from his appointment in 1960 until his retirement in 1987. Even after that he was an active settlement judge.

Born in Worton in May 1917, he attended Kent County public schools, starting in the one-room school in Worton and graduating from the Kent County School then on Washington Avenue. He was Kent County graduate of distinction. He went on to Washington College. He graduated from the University of Maryland Law School in 1941 and served in the United States Army and later the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

George Rasin during his Senate days. Source: Maryland State Archives

He entered politics as a member of the Democratic Party. He served as Kent County State’s Attorney, 1955-56, and then served in the Maryland Senate for one term. He played a major role in the election of Governor Millard Tawes and President John F. Kennedy.

Judge Rasin died in December 2011.

The effort to rename the courthouse was spearheaded by the Kent County Bar Association and supported by the judiciary.

“I am so pleased and grateful to the Kent County Bar Association and its officers, the Kent County Commissioners, Judge Murphy and Judge John Nunn for their efforts,” remarked Gale Rasin, Judge Rasin’s daughter and a former Baltimore City circuit court judge.

“It is beautiful, and I am so proud on my father’s behalf. He was devoted to this courthouse and the people who worked there. Being a good judge meant everything to him. If he were here, he would say that having the courthouse named for him is the greatest honor imaginable.”

Kent County District Court Judge John E. Nunn, III served as Judge Rasin’s law clerk from 1983 to 1987 and was a longtime friend.

“Fitting this happened on Election Day,” Nunn remarked. “Judge Rasin loved politics and elections.”

“He enjoyed reminiscing about his days in the Senate when members were required to work together and compromise,” Nunn said, noting that Rasin remained active in the Society of Senates Past.

“He held himself to the highest standards and set a high standard for members of the Bar,” Nunn continued. “He used to tell his law clerks ‘there is always room on the top shelf.”