September/October 2008 issue
In Memoriam: Judge John F. Nangle
On August 24, 2008, John F.
Nangle, U.S. District Judge for
the Eastern District of
Missouri, died at his home in
Savannah, Georgia. He was 86
John (Jack) Francis Nangle was born in St.
Louis, Missouri, in 1922. He received
undergraduate degrees from Harris Teachers
College in 1941 and the University of
Missouri–Columbia in 1943. He then served
three and a half years in the Army during World
War II. Following his discharge, he attended law
school at Washington University and also served
as an Army reservist.
After graduating from law school in 1948, Jack
Nangle practiced law in the St. Louis area from
1948 to 1973 and became a specialist in trial
work. While in private practice, he served in the
Judge Advocate General Corps for 14 years
before retiring from the Army in 1963. He also
served as City Attorney for Brentwood from
1953 to 1963 and as Special Legal Advisor for
St. Louis County from 1963 to 1973.
In 1973, he was appointed as a U.S. District
Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri. He
served as Chief Judge from 1983 to 1990, when
he took senior status and transferred to Georgia.
He continued to serve the Eastern District of
Missouri and sat by designation for the Southern
District of Georgia.
Under his leadership, the Eastern District of
Missouri approved a new set of local rules and a
pretrial order, sometimes referred to as a case
management order. This order thereafter was
used by many courts throughout the country.
In addition to his time on the bench, he was
active in the federal court community. He served
on the Judicial Conference Committee on the
Operation of the Jury System from 1985 to
1991. He was elected by the judges of the
Eighth Circuit as district judge representative to
the Judicial Conference in 1985, 1986, and
1989. He served as a member of the committee
to restructure the Judicial Conference and its
committees, and served on the Executive
Committee of the Judicial Conference from
1987 to 1991.
In 1990, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed
Judge Nangle as Chair of the Judicial Panel on
Multidistrict Litigation, and he served in this
capacity for 10 years. He was a member of the
Ad Hoc Committee on Asbestos Litigation, the
Mass Tort Working Group, and the Judicial
Resources Working Group.
He served as an instructor for federal judges on
proper methods of handling trials and on
courtroom demeanor. He lectured at the U.S.
Attorneys' Judicial Institute and supervised the
first federal practice seminar of the Bar
Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
Judge Nangle is survived by his wife, Jane, and
his son, John.