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John Gordon Kester

John Gordon Kester, American lawyer. Bar: District of Columbia Bar 1964, United States Court Military Appeals bar 1965, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar 1968. Recipient Distinguished Civilian Service award Army Department, 1971; medal for Distinguished Public Service Department Defense, 1979.

Background

  • Kester, John Gordon was born on June 18, 1938 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Gordon John and Frances Ruth (Polk) Kester.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Wisconsin, 1959. Fulbright scholar, University d'Aix-Marseille, France, 1960. Bachelor of Laws magna cum laude, Harvard, 1963.

    Career

    • Law clerk to Justice Black, Washington, 1963-1965. Associate Steptoe & Johnson, 1968. Assistant professor law University Michigan, 1968-1969.

      Deputy assistant secretary manpower and research affairs Army Department, Washington, 1969-1972. Partner Williams, Connolly & Califano, 1972-1977. Special assistant to secretary and deputy secretary Defense, 1977-1978.

      Partner Williams & Connolly, Washington, since 1979.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: District of Columbia Bar 1964, United States Court Military Appeals bar 1965, Supreme Court of the United States Court bar 1968.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to professional journals. President: Harvard Law Rev, 1962-1963.

    Membership

    Member board visitors United States Air Force Academy, 1979-1981. Member advisory board United States Naval Academy, 1980-1983. Member President' Chemical Warfare Review Commission, 1985.

    Director History Society of District of Columbia Circuit Served to captain Army of the United States, 1965-1968. Member American Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association (legal ethics committee 1982-1988), American Society International Law, Council Foreign Relations, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Mary Elizabeth Foust, June 17, 1961 (divorced 1972). Children: Robert Gordon, Charles Forrest. Married M. Kathleen Carpenter, May 19, 1984 (divorced 1993).

      1 child, John Halford.
    • father: Gordon John Kester
    • mother: Frances Ruth (Polk) Kester
    • spouses: Mary Elizabeth Foust
    • M. Kathleen Carpenter
    • children: Robert Gordon Kester
    • Charles Forrest Kester
    • John Halford Kester
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