September/October 2014
Memorial Session for Judge John R. Gibson

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. A three-panel display and biographical booklet memorializing Judge Gibson made by the U.S. Courts Library were on exhibit.

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. For more information on the life and legacy of Judge Gibson, see his page on the Eighth Circuit Historical Society site.