The Washington Supreme Court will honor former Chief Justice James Dolliver in a memorial service on Thursday, May 5th, starting at in the Temple of Justice in Olympia.The memorial is an annual tradition to honor justices who have passed away, signifying the start of the Court’s spring session.
Dolliver passed away on November 24, 2004 at the age of 80 in his hometown of Olympia, Washington.He served on the Supreme Court from 1976 until 1999 and as Chief Justice from 1985-1987.Prior to his election to the Court, he was a sole practitioner, legal counsel to the Legislature and chief of staff to former Governor Dan Evans.
Having served with him on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander said, “I admired him immensely and believe he was an outstanding Supreme Court justice,” said Alexander.“He is missed not only by members of this Court, but the community as a whole.”
Dolliver was born on October 13, 1924 and raised in Fort Dodge, Iowa.Joining the navy as an aviation cadet after graduating from high school, Dolliver served on air and sea rescue patrol assignments for the U.S. Coast Guard.After his military service, he graduated from SwarthmoreCollege in Pennsylvania in 1949, and the University of Washington School of Law in 1952.During his studies, he contributed to the Washington Law Review and was a law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice Fredrick G. Hamley.
Former Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Keith Callow and former Associate Chief Justice Charles Z. Smith will present remarks during the ceremony.Senior Pastor Dale Cockrum of FirstUnitedMethodistChurch will offer the invocation and the benediction.The event is open to the public.