In Memoriam - August 2017

Former US District Court Judge Marvin Shoob of Atlanta died on June 12, 2017. Judge Shoob was appointed to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He assumed senior status in 1991 and retired in February 2016 after 36 years on the bench.


Senior Judge Arthur Fudger of Dallas died on May 14, 2017. Judge Fudger, a US Air Force veteran, began his judicial career in 1969 as judge of the City of Dallas Recorders Court. He was appointed to the Superior Court bench in the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit in 1977. Judge Fudger assumed senior status in 1998.


Senior Judge Robert E. McDuff of Marietta died on May 16, 2017. Judge McDuff served in the US Air Force prior to earning a JD from Emory University. He practiced law in Cobb County for 25 years until his election to the State Court of Cobb County, a position he held until his retirement in 2003.


US Court of Appeals Judge Phyllis Kravitch of Savannah died on June 15, 2017. Judge Kravitch was the first woman to be elected Superior Court Judge in Georgia and Pres. Jimmy Carter’s first female appointee to a federal court post, becoming only the third federal appellate judge nationally.  Read more about Judge Kravitch here.


Senior US District Judge William C. O’Kelley of Gainesville died on July 5, 2017.  Judge O’Kelley was appointed to the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia by Pres. Richard Nixon in 1970.  Judge O’Kelley, who served as Chief Judge from 1998 until 1994, served in the US Air Force from 1953 to 1957.


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