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Roy W. Harper, American federal judge. Bar: Missouri 1929. Decorated Bronze Star; recipient DeMolay Legion of Honor, 1957, Citation of Merit Missouri University Law School, 1963; Partriots award Missouri society S.A.R., 1973; George Washington Honor medal Freedoms Foundation, 1975.


Harper, Roy W. was born on July 26, 1905 in Gibson, Missouri, United States. Son of Marvin H. and Minnie (Brooks) Harper.


University of Missouri (Bachelor of Arts). University of Missouri (Bachelor of Laws).


Member tax insurance claims deputy department, Shell Petroleum Corporation, St. Louis, 1929-1930;private practice law, Steele, Missouri, 1931-1934;member firm, Ward & Reeves, Caruthersville, 1934-1947;United States district judge of Missouri, Eastern and Western districts of Missouri, 1947-1991;retired, Eastern District Missouri, 1991;senior judge, Eastern and Western district Missouri, 1971-1991. Member of the United States Judicial Conference, 1965-1977, intercircuit assignment committee, 1968-1976, chairman, 1969, advising committee on civil rules, 1971-1976. Member Judicial Panel on Multidist.

Litigation, 1977-1983, Judicial Committee on Air Conditioning, 1955-1956, Committee of Conference for the purpose of giving consideration to changes in Rule 71A(h) of Rules of Civil Procedure and Senate Bill 1958 (82d Congress) to allow appeals from Interlocutory Orders (1951-1956).


  • Bar: Missouri 1929.


Chairman Missouri State Democratic Committee, 1946-1947. Board directors St. Louis unit Shriner's Crippled Children Hospital Served with United States Army Air Force, 1942-1945, PTO, colonel Reserve. Member American, Missouri, Pemiscot County bar associations, Order of Coif, Delta Theta Phi.

Clubs: Mason (33 degree, Shriner).


Married Ruth Butt, July 30, 1941. Children: Katherine Brooks Harper Connolly, Arthur Murray.

Marvin H. Harper

Minnie (Brooks) Harper

Ruth Butt

Katherine Brooks Harper Connolly Harper

Arthur Murray Harper