John David Kelly
|John David Kelly|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
August 3, 1998 – October 21, 1998
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Frank J. Magill|
|Succeeded by||Kermit Edward Bye|
|Born||John David Kelly
October 9, 1934
Grand Forks, North Dakota
|Died||October 21, 1998
|Education||Saint John's University A.B.
University of Michigan Law School J.D.
John David Kelly (October 9, 1934 – October 21, 1998) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Early life and education
Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Kelly earned an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1956 from Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota and a Juris Doctor in 1959 from the University of Michigan Law School.
A lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Kelly worked as an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at The Pentagon from 1959 until 1962. Kelly returned to North Dakota in 1962. From 1962 until joining the federal bench in 1998, Kelly worked in private legal practice in Fargo, North Dakota, at the Vogel Law Firm. He served as president of the firm for his final 20 years with the firm.
Federal judicial service
On January 27, 1998, President Bill Clinton nominated Kelly to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit to replace Judge Frank J. Magill, who had taken senior status in April 1997. The United States Senate confirmed Kelly in a voice vote on July 31, 1998, received his commission on August 3, 1998 and commenced service on August 26, 1998.
Shortly after being sworn in, Kelly fell ill with an infection in mid-October 1998 and was taken to the Mayo Clinic. On October 21, 1998, Kelly died in Rochester, Minnesota, before his investiture had taken place. He was survived by his wife, Tish, and three grown children.
Frank J. Magill
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Kermit Edward Bye