Raymond Clyne McNichols

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Ray McNichols
Senior Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
July 1, 1981 – December 25, 1985
Chief Judge
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
Preceded by Fred Taylor
Succeeded by Marion Callister
of the U.S. District Court for Idaho
In office
May 1, 1964 – June 30, 1981
Appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by Chase Clark
Succeeded by Harold Ryan
Personal details
Born (1914-06-16)June 16, 1914
Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Died December 25, 1985(1985-12-25) (aged 71)
Boise, Idaho
Resting place Morris Hill Cemetery
Boise, Idaho
Nationality American
Political party Democratic [1][2]
Spouse(s) Mary Kay Riley McNichols [3]
Children 1 son, 1 daughter [3]
Alma mater University of Idaho
LL.B., 1950[4]
Profession Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg  U.S. Navy
Years of service 1942–1947
Battles/wars World War II

Raymond Clyne McNichols (June 16, 1914 – December 25, 1985) was a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of Idaho.[4][5]

Born in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and raised in Lewiston, McNichols was in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1942 to 1947. He attended the University of Idaho in Moscow and received an LL.B. from its College of Law in 1950. He was in private practice in Orofino in Clearwater County from 1950 to 1964.

On April 15, 1964, McNichols was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho vacated by the retirement of Chase A. Clark.[6] He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 30 and received his commission on May 1, 1964. McNichols served as chief judge from 1971 to 1981, and assumed senior status on July 1, 1981, and served in that capacity for over four years, until his death.

McNichols suffered a heart attack at his Boise home on Christmas Day in 1985, and died at age 71 at St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise.[5] He and his wife, Mary Kay Riley McNichols (1914–1991), are buried at Morris Hill Cemetery in Boise.

His younger brother Robert McNichols (1922–1992) was also a federal judge, in Spokane, Washington.[7][8] During Robert's investiture to the federal bench in January 1980, the elder brother swore the younger in.[9]


  1. ^ "Two Democratic leaders fight for Idaho control". Washington. Associated Press. April 21, 1952. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "Democrats in Idaho head for Lewiston". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. April 20, 1956. p. a3. 
  3. ^ a b "Ray McNichols gets into print". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane). February 6, 1965. p. 3. 
  4. ^ a b "Ray McNichols biography". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved September 16, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Idaho's federal judge Ray McNichols dies". Spokane Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. December 26, 1985. p. A3. 
  6. ^ Hewlett, Frank (April 16, 1964). "McNichols of Orofino nominated". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 1. 
  7. ^ "A tale of two judges, brothers under robes". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. July 11, 1981. p. 3. 
  8. ^ "Judge takes over case from brother who died". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 5, 1986. p. A12. 
  9. ^ Sallquist, Bill (January 5, 1980). "McNichols on federal bench". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). p. 3. 

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