Eighth Circuit Historical Society

The Historical Society of the
United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit

The Honorable
Gerald William Heaney


Life and Work
Memorial Session

Judge Heaney's last day on the bench, June 16, 2006

Judge Heaney on his last day on the bench,
June 16, 2006,
in front of a World War II flag. Click here to listen to the
story behind the flag, in his own words.

Annotated Bibliography: (PDF)

Memorial Biographical Booklet: (PDF)


New York Times
Minnesota Public Radio
Duluth News Tribute


Congressman Jim Oberstar, "Judge Heaney had no equal."

40 Years of 8th Circuit Jurisprudence: Highlights in the Career of Judge Gerald Heaney from the Bench & Bar of Minnesota, Vol. 64, No. 3, March 2007

A Tribute to Judge Gerald W. Heaney: Three Decades of Service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 81 Minn. L. Rev. 1087 (1997)

Judge Myron Bright's Letter of nomination for the Edward J. Devitt Distinguished Service to Justice Award for 2005.


Unveiling of the Portrait of Judge Gerald W. Heaney, May 11, 1989, in St. Paul, Minnesota

Oral History, the World War II years, conducted October 21, 2001, by Thomas Saylor

Resolutions of the United States Courts for the Eighth Circuit:

In Memorium of The Honorable Gerald W. Heaney,
presented by The Honorable Myron H. Bright.

Retirement of The Honorable Gerald W. Heaney,
presented by The Honorable Myron H. Bright

Senior Status of The Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, presented by The Honorable Myron H. Bright

On October 19, 2010, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals held a special session to memorialize The Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, who died on June 22, 2010, in Duluth, Minnesota, at the age of 92. The memorial session was held in St. Paul's U.S. Courthouse during a court week.

Speakers included Judge James B. Loken, Judge Myron H. Bright, Judge Diana E. Murphy, Judge William H. Webster, Robert J. Hennessey on behalf of the judge’s law clerks, Daniel Fanning as representative of Senator Al Franken, and William Heaney on behalf of the Heaney family.

Judge Gerald Heaney's Memorial Session
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A five-panel display honoring Judge Heaney's life was on exhibit at his memorial session, accompanied by photo albums and a biographical booklet.

All were prepared by the U.S. Courts Library 8th Circuit.

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image of the display.

Read about Judge Heaney
in the booklet accompanying the display.

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December 13 , 2010
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