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John Francis "Jack" Nangle

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John Francis "Jack" Nangle - SAVANNAH - United States District Judge John Francis Nangle, a long-time resident of St. Louis, MO, died August 24, 2008, in Savannah, Georgia. He was born in St. Louis on June 8, 1922 and lived there until moving to Savannah in 1990. Judge Nangle earned an Associates' Degree from Harris Teachers College, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the Univ. of Missouri, and a Juris Doctorate from Washington Univ. Law School. Both Harris Teachers College (now Harris-Stowe State Univ.) and Washington Univ. Law School later named him their "Most Distinguished Alumnus." Judge Nangle enlisted in the Army and served over three years active duty during World War II, achieving the rank of Technical Sergeant. Thereafter, he served in the Army Reserve for 14 years retiring as a Captain, J.A.G.C. For twenty-five years, Judge Nangle engaged in the private practice of law in the St. Louis area, earning a reputation as a capable and honorable lawyer. He was also active in numerous civic organizations as well as local, state, and national Republican politics. In 1973, President Richard Nixon appointed him as a Judge of the US District Court, Eastern District of Missouri. From 1983 to 1990, he served as Chief Judge of the District while also serving three terms as the elected District Judge Representative to the Judicial Conference of the US. He also served on the Eighth Circuit's Judicial Council, numerous special committees, and accepted many special assignments. He sat by designation on both the Eighth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, and was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to Chair the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, a position he held for 10 years. Judge Nangle became a Senior Judge in 1990 and transferred to the Southern District of Georgia, Savannah Division. During his thirty-five years on the federal bench, Judge Nangle presided over many important cases, most recently the BankAmerica Securities Corp. Litigation, a multi-district securities fraud class action that settled for $490 million. Jack Nangle was man of great humor, intellect, and fortitude, dedicated to public service and devoted to his family, his friends, and his sport - tennis. He was a teacher, a scholar, an innovator, a student of American History, and a role model to all who knew him. His zest for life and passion for justice are legendary. He is predeceased by his parents Sylvester A. and Thelma Nangle, his sister Jeanne Nangle Kaley, and his first wife, Andrea Urseth Nangle. He is survived by his wife, Jane Adams Nangle, his son John F. Nangle, Jr., and step-children Marthajane Caldwell and James E. Caldwell, Jr. (Sharon) as well as one grandchild Leo Caldwell. Also surviving are his nieces Terri Kraft (David), Beth Francisco (Paul), and Lynne Kaley, seven great-nieces and nephews and numerous other family members. There will be a memorial service at Skidaway Island United Methodist Church in Savannah on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 1:00 PM, and a private graveside service in St. Louis, MO. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to PineWoods Savannah, Inc. 1149 Cornell Ave., Suite 3-A, Savannah, GA 31406, or to the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), 60 Cutter Mill Road, Suite 404, Great Neck, NY 11021. Please sign our guestbook online at www.foxandweeks.com Savannah Morning News August 26, 2008 Please sign our Obituary Guest Book at savannahnow.com/obituaries .
Published in Savannah Morning News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2008
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