Judge Richard Cudahy, an active senior judge on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, died Tuesday at his Illinois home.
Cudahy, 89, joined the 7th Circuit in 1979 following his appointment by President Jimmy Carter. Cudahy graduated from West Point and Yale Law School. He previously served in the Office of Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State, as chief executive officer of Patrick Cudahy Inc., as chairman of the Public Service commission of Wisconsin and as a partner in the former firm of Isham Lincoln and Beale.
Cudahy suffered from a debilitating lung disease that made walking difficult, but he worked on cases from his home, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Executive Director Collins Fitzpatrick told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. The judge took senior status in 1994.
Cudahy served as the president of the Milwaukee Urban League, a trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, president of the Law Club of Chicago, and chairman of the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University.
Plans are being made for a memorial service at the court.