August 2016

In Memoriam:
Judge Harold D. Vietor

The Honorable Harold D. Vietor, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Iowa, died on July 23, 2016, at the age of 84. He received his commission on May 11, 1979, served as Chief Judge from 1985 to 1992, and assumed senior status on December 29, 1996.
Judge Vietor was born in Parkersburg, Iowa, on December 29, 1931, the son of a livestock dealer and a school teacher. He served in the Navy during the Korean War before earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in 1955 and his law degree with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1958.
Following law school, he clerked for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Martin Van Oosterhout from 1958 to 1959. He then worked in private practice at Bleakley Law Offices in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, until his appointment in 1965 to Iowa’s state District Court, where he served as Chief Judge from 1970 to 1979.
Judge Vietor was highly regarded in the legal community. Called a “lawyer’s judge, a judge’s judge,” he was known for his wisdom, fairness, and collegiality and for his “extraordinary command of the law.”