In Memoriam

• Senior Judge James W. Head served in many judicial capacities in his life. First as Judge Pro Tem in the Chatham County Recorder’s Court, then juvenile judge, on to State and Superior Court until his retirement in 1995. He continued to serve as senior judge until 2005. Judge Head of Savannah died on June 9, 2014. Judge Head, a graduate of Emory Law School, served on the Judicial Council from 1980-1982.
• For Senior Judge R. Hopkins “Hop” Kidd, DeKalb magistrate judge and attorney, law was a passion.  Judge Kidd, of Snellville, died on June 20, 2014, leaving behind a legacy of service to the law in DeKalb County.  During his time on the bench, he was instrumental in streamlining the arraignment process and mentored young judges.   Judge Kidd, an Emory Law School graduate, served in the Merchant Marine Corp during World War II.
• Former Judge George Fryhofer had a record of public service. At 17, he enlisted in the US Army and served throughout World War II.  He served as solicitor-general of Burke County from 1961 – 1963, then was appointed State Court Judge in 1963 until his retirement in 2000.  Judge George Fryhofer of Waynesboro died on June 25, 2014. He was a graduate of Emory Law School.
• During his years as a full-time and senior federal judge, US District Senior Judge J. Owen Forrester was a touchstone for technology advancement in the federal judiciary. Serving on the executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and chairman of its automation and technology committee, Judge Forrester used his Georgia tech degree to guide the use technology in the federal courtroom. Judge Forrester of Atlanta died on July 1. He was appointed to the Northern US District Court in 1981 and took senior status in 2004.
• Senior Judge Willard Henry Chason of Cairo served his country and his South Georgia community during his lifetime first in the US Navy during World War II, then as county solicitor for Grady County. In  1982, Judge Chason was appointed to serve on the Superior Court bench in the South Georgia Judicial Circuit, a position he held until his retirement in 1996, assuming senior status until his death on July 22, 2014.

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