June 16, 2019

In Memoriam: Hon. Robert H. McWilliams, Jr.

Judge McWilliamsThe Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals lost one of its senior judges last Wednesday when Hon. Robert H. McWilliams passed away. Judge McWilliams was nominated to the Tenth Circuit by President Nixon on September 22, 1970, and was confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1970. He became a senior judge in 1984.

Prior to his work on the Tenth Circuit bench, Judge McWilliams was a Colorado Supreme Court justice from 1961 to 1970, a district court judge for the Second Judicial District from 1952 to 1961, and a municipal court judge in Denver from 1949 to 1952. He was in private practice from 1949 to 1952, and prior to that was a Denver district attorney from 1946 to 1949. He also worked in the armed forces, as a special agent in the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence from 1942 to 1945 and a U.S. Army Sergeant in the Office of Strategic Services from 1945 to 1946. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Denver in 1938 and his LL.B. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1941.

He is survived by his wife, Joan McWilliams, a Denver-based divorce mediation attorney. There will be a memorial service on Friday, April 19,  at 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Ascension, 600 Gilpin Street, Denver, CO 80218, with a reception following at the University Club, 1673 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203.

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