May/June 2013
In Memoriam: Judge Richard E. Dorr

On April 24, Judge Richard E. Dorr, District Judge for the Western District of Missouri, died while undergoing cancer treatments in Houston, Texas. Richard Everett Dorr was born in Jefferson City, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in 1965 and his law degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1968.

He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri and then entered active duty as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force. He served on active duty until 1973 and then in the U.S.A.F. JAG Reserve until his retirement in 1990. He joined the Springfield firm of Mann, Walter, Burkart, Weathers and Walter in 1973. He would later practice as a partner with Harrison, Tucker and Dorr and then the firm of Dorr, Baird and Lightner. In 1996, he joined Blackwell Sanders Peper Martin (now Husch Blackwell) and managed the firmís Springfield office. He was appointed as a district judge for the Western District of Missouri on August 1, 2002.

In 1995 he was the recipient of the Equal Access to Justice Award. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Excellence in the Judiciary Award. Judge Dorr is survived by his wife Barbie, his son, and three grandchildren.