By Joe Southern
Fort Bend County Court-at-Law No. 4 Judge R. H. “Sandy” Bielstein passed away Sunday at his home in Rosenberg.
The cause of death was not released by press time.
Bielstein was first elected in 2000 and in 2001 became the first judge to sit on the County Court at Law No. 4 bench. He was re-elected every four years after that. His current term was set to end next year.
Bielstein joined the Marines and served in Vietnam, where he was awarded three Presidential Unit Citations for unit combat action. He then returned to Houston and served 20 years with the Houston Police Department. He retired from the HPD as a homicide lieutenant. He graduated from law school and went into private practice where he gained experience as trial lawyer in criminal and civil matters as well as family law and representing abused and neglected children.
After becoming a judge, Bielstein joined the team that helped create the first therapeutic DWI/Drug Court in Texas. It has since graduated 235 probationers from an intensive treatment and supervision program and has a recidivism rate of less than 10 percent.
Bielstein was a life member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association and was a member of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and the Rosenberg Lion’s Club.
The family will have a service for Judge Bielstein on Sunday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. at River Pointe Church, 5000 Ransom Road, Richmond. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to a scholarship set up in his name. Donations to the Judge R.H. “Sandy” Bielstein Scholarship Fund can be made online at www.stcl.edu/give or mailed to Attn: Philanthropy and Alumni Relations 1303 San Jacinto St. Houston, TX 77002. Please make note of the scholarship fund name when making a gift.