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U.S. Senior District Judge Andrew W. Bogue, a Parker native who was nominated to the federal bench by President Richard Nixon in 1970, died Wednesday at his home in Hisega.

The 90-year-old Bogue was the first sitting federal court judge in Rapid City. He oversaw the construction of the downtown Rapid City federal building and its court facilities in the early 1970s, and mentored more than 30 clerks over the years.

"He was a mentor, a father and a best friend to every one of us," said Rapid City lawyer Tom Fritz, who worked as a clerk for Bogue in 1972. "I think we're all going to be gathering for his funeral, because it was really quite a fraternity - one that included several ladies."

Fritz said Bogue hunted pheasants into his 80s, worked on court cases until a few months before his death and celebrated his 90th birthday with a meal out with family last weekend. Fritz said he spoke to Bogue on Monday and the judge was still excited about the birthday gathering.

"It's a sad day, but a joyous day, too, because it's a celebration of a long and wonderful life," Fritz said. "He was blessed with a long life and lived it to the fullest. He just quit trying cases in January, and he was sharp as a tack until the very end."

Rapid City lawyer Dan Duffy, who worked as a clerk for Bogue from 1990 to 1992, said Bogue wanted all lawyers, but especially those who had clerked for him, to "represent the law and their role in the law in the most positive way possible."

Bogue came from a family that included other lawyers and judges, and a common love for the law. During his time in eastern South Dakota, he worked in private practice, as a city attorney, state's attorney and circuit court judge before his Nixon appointment was confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

During the confirmation process, then-Sen. George McGovern told members of a Senate sub-committee that he recommended Bogue "highly and without reservation." McGovern said Bogue had distinguished himself as a state circuit court judge and "has the respect of the lawyers who practice in his court and an excellent record of being sustained in the appellate process."

Duffy said Bogue "never lost sight of who he was" and worked with a powerful commitment to the law and its fair application. But Bogue's accomplishments extended well beyond the courtroom, Duffy said.

"He was a good man who led an incredibly good life," he said. "He truly made a difference."

The funeral notice for Judge Bogue is on page A7.

Contact Kevin Woster at 394-8413 or kevin.woster@rapidcityjournal.com

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