March/April 2005 issue

In Memoriam: Judge Robert G. Renner

On March 1, 2005, Judge Robert George Renner, senior judge for the District of Minnesota, passed away at the age of 81.

Robert Renner was born on April 2, 1923 in Nevis, Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint John’s University in 1947. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1949.

After graduating he practiced privately in Walker, Minnesota from 1949 to 1969. He also served as a Minnesota state representative from 1957 to 1969. From 1969 to 1977 he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. In 1977 he was appointed as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota, where he served until he was appointed as a District Court judge in 1980. He assumed senior status in 1992.

U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery remembers Judge Renner as a judge who “epitomized fairness... He was always true to his Walker, Minnesota, roots and was totally without pretense.” Judge Renner is survived by his wife, Colleen, sons Richard and David, and daughter, Anne.

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