- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Holloway Jr. died Friday. He was 90.

Holloway’s family said he died Friday morning at his home in Oklahoma City after suffering from a short respiratory illness, according to a spokesman for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Lyndon B. Johnson nominated Holloway to the 10th Circuit in 1968. Holloway served as chief judge from 1984 to 1991 and assumed senior status in 1992.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals covers Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

Despite his age, Holloway had kept a heavy case load and was scheduled to hear cases in two weeks, said David Tighe, the circuit executive for 10th Circuit of Appeals.

“He was still active and working. He’d been a bit limited” recently though, Tighe said.

“He was sort of a different generation,” Tighe said. “The amount of graciousness and gentlemanliness - I don’t want to say isn’t present in younger judges because that sort of insults young judges - but there was something different about him.”

A new judge is nominated to the court once a judge achieves senior status, so Holloway had already been replaced, Tighe said.

Holloway was born in 1923 in Hugo, Okla. Before joining the 10th Circuit, Holloway was an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and in private practice in Oklahoma City. He also served in the Army from 1943 to 1946.

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