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Roseville courthouse to be named for former Placer Superior Court judge

A courthouse in Roseville will be named in honor of the late Howard G. Gibson, who served as a judge in Placer County for more than 25 years.

The Judicial Council of California on Tuesday approved the Placer Superior Court’s request to name the building in the Bill Santucci Justice Center in Roseville as the Howard G. Gibson Courthouse, according to a Placer Superior Court news release.

“This honor for Judge Gibson and his family is well deserved and fitting as he was a respected jurist who exemplified public service, access to justice and fairness,” Alan V. Pineschi, presiding judge of the Placer Superior Court, said in a written statement. “Howard is fondly remembered as a man who treated everyone he encountered, whether in court or out of court, with respect and kindness.”

Gibson, who attended Roseville-area schools, joined the U.S. Army in July 1942 and served in Europe and North Africa during World War II. After his return from the war, he attended the University of California’s Hastings School of Law and opened a small general law practice in Roseville.

He was elected to the Roseville Justice Court in 1958, then appointed to the Placer Superior Court in 1982 by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. He retired from the Superior Court in 1984.

Gibson also was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978 to the National Highway Transportation Safety Advisory Committee.

He died in November 1986.

The court’s naming application received support from the Placer County community, including the Roseville City Council, county Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Edward Bonner, District Attorney Scott Owens and the Placer County Bar Association.

Court officials said a courthouse dedication ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy