Eighth Circuit Historical Society

The Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

Judge Donald R. RossThe Honorable Donald Roe Ross
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Memorial Session Program
Memorial Session Video, March 24, 2014

Investiture Transcript, January 25, 1971
Biographical Brochure

On March 24, 2014, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals held a memorial session for Judge Donald R. Ross of Nebraska. Judge Ross died on December 18, 2013, at the age of 91. Family, friends, former law clerks, and colleagues, including judges from Nebraska’s federal and state courts gathered in his honor in the Special Proceedings Courtroom at the Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse in Omaha.

The special session opened with a trumpet tribute played by USAF Staff Sergeant Carl Eitzen of “Amazing Grace,” and it ended with the “Air Force Song.”

U.S. Court of Appeals Chief Judge William Jay Riley and District of Nebraska Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp presided over the memorial session, and District of Nebraska Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf, former law clerk to Judge Ross and current Chairman of the Eighth Circuit Historical Society, served as master of ceremonies.

Distinguished speakers were Hon. William H. Webster, who served on the U.S. Court of Appeals 1970-1973 and then as Director of both the FBI and CIA; U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Myron Bright, who sent a pre-recorded video; Becky Ross, Judge Ross’ daughter, who delivered the eulogy; Nebraska Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Stephan, Judge Ross’ son-in-law; and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Roger L. Wollman.

They conveyed their special relationships with Judge Ross and shared his stellar legacy: his decorated military career in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, his outstanding career in the Nebraska legal and business communities, his national prominence in the political arena, his remarkable service as a judge on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and his love for his family.

A reception followed. On display memorializing Judge Ross were framed photographs, awards, a four-panel display and biographical booklet made by the U.S. Courts Library, and a video of his oral history interview.

Judge Ross' biographical bookletJudge Ross' display in Omaha's U.S. Courthouse
Left: Click image to access Judge Ross' biographical brochure.
Right: Judge Ross' four panel display in the lobby of Omaha's Roman L. Hruska U.S. Courthouse. Senator Hruska, who submitted Ross' name to President Nixon to fill the vacancy on the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in 1970, is featured in the bust to the left of Judge Ross' display.


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