May/June 2009 issue

In Memoriam: Judge Andrew W. Bogue


Judge Andrew W. Bogue, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of South Dakota, died at his home in Hisega, South Dakota, on June 10, 2009. He was 90 years old.

Andrew Wendell Bogue was born in Yankton, South Dakota. He received his undergraduate degree from South Dakota State College in 1941. From 1943 to 1946 he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. He received his law degree from the University of South Dakota School of Law in 1947.

He began his legal career by practicing with his father in Parker, South Dakota. From 1950 to 1952 he also served as a U.S. Army Lieutenant in the JAG Corps. From 1952 to 1954 he served as State’s Attorney for Turner County, South Dakota. In 1957 he took over a law practice vacated by his cousin in Canton, South Dakota.

In 1967 he was appointed as a judge for the Second Judicial District in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1970 he was appointed as a U.S. District Judge for the District of South Dakota, where he served as chief judge from 1980 to 1985. He assumed senior status in 1985, but continued to accept cases until recently when he stepped down due to health reasons.

He often sat by designation on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and was a member of the Circuit’s Pattern Jury Instruction Committee.

Judge Bogue was well known for being bright, conscientious, and friendly to everyone. His 1988 and 2006 interviews are available in the St. Louis Library. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children.