The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit
The Honorable John R. Gibson
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Memorial Session Program
Memorial Session Video
On October 9, 2014 the U.S. Court of Appeals held a memorial session in honor of one of its own, the Honorable John R. Gibson, who passed away on April 19, 2014, in Reading, Massachusetts. Family, friends, and members of the bench and bar gathered in St. Paul’s Warren E. Burger Federal Courthouse, where the Court was sitting that week.
U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Jay Riley presided over the session. Speakers included Eastern District of Missouri Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Sr.; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Diana E. Murphy; daughter Ms. Jeanne Gibson Sullivan; and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Wollman.
A reception followed in the Jury Assembly Room on the first floor. On display memorializing Judge Gibson was a three-panel display and biographical booklet made by the U.S. Courts Library.
Judge Gibson was born on December 20, 1925 in Springfield, Missouri. He was appointed as U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Missouri in 1981 and elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 1982. He assumed senior status on January 1, 1994 and retired on January 26, 2011.
Left: Click image to access Judge Gibson's biographical brochure.
Right: Judge Gibson's display at his memorial reception in the Warren E. Burger U.S. Courthouse in St. Paul.