Robert E. Lavender

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Robert E. Lavender (born July 19, 1926) is a former Justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and was appointed to the Court's District 1 seat by Governor Henry Bellmon in 1966, and was retained by the voters later that year and subsequently in 1972, 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, and 2002. He served as the Court's Chief Justice from 1979 to 1981.

He was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and grew up in Tulsa and on a farm in Catoosa. During the final year of World War II, he served in the United States Navy, on reserve duty in the South Pacific. In 1953, he earned a law degree from the University of Tulsa.

He retired from the Oklahoma Supreme Court on August 1, 2007. Governor Brad Henry appointed John F. Reif to succeed Justice Lavender.