July/August 2015

In Memoriam: Judge George G. Fagg

The Honorable George G. Fagg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit died on July 14, 2015, in Johnston, Iowa, at the age of 81.

Judge Fagg was born on April 30, 1934, in Eldora, Iowa, to Ned and Arleene Fagg. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of Business at Drake University in 1956 and his law degree from Drake University Law School in 1958. He graduated first in class for both degrees and served as editor of Drake Law Review from 1957-1958.

After law school, he worked as a trial attorney in Marshalltown, Iowa, in the Cartwright firm (later Cartwright, Druker, Ryden & Fagg) from 1958-1972. In 1972, he was appointed Iowa District Court Judge for the Second Judicial District, where he served for 10 years until his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in 1982. Judge Fagg assumed senior status in May, 1999, and retired in July, 2006. He was known for his long work day and his production of prolific, succinct opinions.

Judge Fagg is survived by his six children and twelve grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 ½ years, Jane. The Court will hold a memorial session for Judge Fagg at a later date.