To the editor:

With sadness, I read of Gerald Rouse’s passing. Your communities, Columbus, Seward and all the others in the 5th Judicial District, have been blessed with the sincere and capable efforts Judge Rouse provided in leading the juvenile courts in Nebraska while he served as a county judge for you.

For a time, I also was a county judge and served with him on some of the statewide committees focused upon providing better results for children who came through juvenile courts across this state. His insight, his knowledge and his work led much of the thinking and resulting change in Nebraska, and particularly in rural Nebraska. At the national level, he was active on the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He served as president from 1999-2000.

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We in Nebraska benefited from his participation at the national level and the ideas and resources he was able to provide for us. He was a rare man, who put the children of Nebraska first, not only in his everyday decision making, but in leading the state to a better system to address our children’s needs, both in the courtroom and in the world. He was not required to give of his time, he chose to, because he cared. It was an honor to work with him and I will miss him.

Kristine Cecava


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