Thomas J. Lydon, 84, who had been a senior judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, died March 1 at Rockville Nursing Home. He had sepsis and other complications from a car accident in September.

The death was confirmed by his niece, Maureen Whalen.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Lydon to the court in 1982. He formally retired in 1987, but continued to serve the court as a senior judge.

Thomas John Lydon was born in Portland, Maine, to Irish immigrants. After Navy service at the end of World War II, he graduated from the University of Maine in 1952. He was a 1955 graduate of Georgetown Law, where he also received a master’s degree in law in 1957.

From 1955 to 1972, he was a lawyer in the Justice Department’s court of claims section. He was chief of the section from 1967 to 1972, then spent a decade as a trial commissioner of the U.S. Court of Claims.

He was a Fort Washington resident and a member of St. Columba Catholic Church in Oxon Hill. 

His wife, Anne Verano Lydon, whom he married in 1974, died in 2008. Survivors include a sister.

— Adam Bernstein