Donald Roe Ross

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Donald Ross
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
In office
December 12, 1970 – June 13, 1987
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Harry Blackmun
Succeeded by Clarence Beam
Personal details
Born (1922-06-08)June 8, 1922
Orleans, Nebraska, U.S.
Died December 18, 2013(2013-12-18) (aged 91)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Donald Roe Ross (June 8, 1922 – December 18, 2013) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Orleans, Nebraska, Ross was in the United States Army as an Air Corps Major from 1942 to 1946. He received a J.D. from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in 1948. He was in private practice in Lexington, Nebraska from 1948 to 1953. He was a Republican Executive Committeeman in the state of Nebraska from 1952 to 1953 when he became Mayor of Lexington, Nebraska. Ross was a United States Attorney for the District of Nebraska from 1953 to 1956 and was in private practice in Omaha, Nebraska from 1956 to 1970. He was a General counsel for the Republican Party of Nebraska from 1956 to 1958. He served as a Committeeman from Nebraska to the Republican National Committee from 1958 to 1970 and was a Vice chairman for his delegation from 1965 to 1970.

Ross was a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. On November 30, 1970 Ross was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a seat vacated by Harry Andrew Blackmun. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 11, 1970, and received his commission on December 12, 1970. He assumed senior status on June 13, 1987 and died following an illness at his home in Omaha on December 18, 2013.[1][2]


Legal offices
Preceded by
Harry Blackmun
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Succeeded by
Clarence Beam