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Former Placer County Judge Presents Public Policy Scholarship to WJU


ROCKLIN, Calif., - In celebration of their retirement and recognition of their ongoing service to Placer County, former Judge Larry Gaddis and his wife Kathleen Tucker, have provided William Jessup University's Public Policy Department with a $25,000 endowed scholarship.

Judge Gaddis served the people of Placer County for more than 24 years as a Municipal and Superior Court judge. During that time, he presided over hundreds of complex criminal and civil trials and has served two terms as Presiding Judge for Placer County.

Gaddis worked to properly apply the law in all situations, whether the case was considered routine or highly visible, such as People v. Mario Garcia (the Thunder Valley Casino murder) and the murder case involving the tragic death of Rocklin Police Officer Matt Redding.

Before becoming a judge, he served as the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Placer County and as an Officer and Pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He is a graduate of University of California Riverside and McGeorge School of Law and has lived in Placer County for 36 years.

In 2004, Gaddis joined the Public Policy Committee at William Jessup University to help create the Public Policy Department. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in that Department and supported many Public Policy events and activities.

In 2012, Judge Gaddis retired from the Placer County Bench. He continues to serve as a visiting Judge for the Administrative Office of the Courts. He is also currently volunteering as the Assistant Golf Coach at WJU.

Gaddis' wife, Kathleen Tucker served as the Director of the University Fund for William Jessup University from 2004-2011. In 2012, she transferred to serve as Special Representative of the President.

During the course of eight years at WJU, Tucker helped to raise over one million dollars for the University Fund. She coordinated six Warrior Golf Classics with a full field of players each year and six University Fund Dinners with over 300 in attendance each year.

She also led the Community Relations Council with the purpose of advancing the University, supporting its mission and raising support for the University Fund. Tucker also served as staff representative for the WJU Friends and Neighbors, Inspired group. Their mission was to create an interactive relationship between active adults and WJU. Through nine conferences planned by and for seniors, the group raised money to endow the Friends and Neighbors, Inspired Scholarship in 2012.

Tucker's community outreach includes serving on several local committees and organizations including advisory member of the Board of the Fellowship of Marketplace Christians, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Rocklin, WJU Sacramento Advisory Committee, South Placer County National Day of Prayer Breakfast, South Placer Women's Leadership Coalition and Rediscover Rocklin. She has been a Placer County resident for 48 years.

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