Judge Arthur A. Gladstone ’34 contributed significantly to the development and regulation of the telecommunications industry during his 31-year career with the Federal Communications Commission. He passed away on May 8, 2009, at the
age of 97.
Gladstone, who was born in New York City, served in the U.S. Army and the Coast Guard during World War II. After graduating from Columbia College and earning an LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1934, he went on to serve as an attorney with the Federal Power Commission in Washington, D.C. In 1941, Gladstone left to join the FCC, where he rose to become chief of the domestic radio division. He was named chief administrative law judge in 1969. In that role, Gladstone oversaw proceedings on many landmark telecommunications cases, including the breakup and reorganization of AT&T. He was instrumental in spearheading the regulation of public radio and public television, and many of the precedents established during his tenure continue to influence the industry today.
In addition, Gladstone lectured on administrative law at The National Judicial College in Reno, Nev., for 28 years. Gladstone was self-taught in Indian tribal law and eventually became an Indian tribal judge and an Indian Appellate Court judge.
He was also a designated settlement judge for the Nevada Supreme Court, before retiring in 1997.
Gladstone is survived by two sons, Kenneth and Donald.