Born and raised in San Jose, Justice Eugene Milton Premo ’57 J.D. ’62 received a Jesuit education in high school and college that would influence his personal and professional life for all his years. After serving in the U.S. Army Intelligence for 2 years, Gene enrolled in Santa Clara School of Law, where served as editor in chief for The Santa Clara Law Review. He graduated law school second in his class, an accomplishment of which he was immensely proud. In 1969, Governor Ronald Reagan appointed Gene to the Municipal Court, the youngest member of the bar to be appointed in Santa Clara County. He was named to the Superior Court in 1974 and the 6th District Court of Appeal in 1988. During a career that spanned 51 years on the bench, Gene was a mentor to many and a respected supporter of those with whom he worked. While law gave him focus and a richly rewarding career, it was his family and Catholic faith that were the true beacons in his life. He was an active supporter of his four children (including Michelle Walsh ’87 and Patrick Premo ’89) and nine grandchildren, showing up for every game and school event.


01 Jul 2021