Indianapolis attorney dies on Christmas Eve

December 27, 2016

A longtime Indianapolis attorney and former Indianapolis Bar Association vice president has died.

Robert Geddes, of Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP, passed away on Christmas Eve. Geddes, 87, was of counsel at the Indianapolis firm.

Geddes earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1962, then began his three-year term as assistant United States attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. In 1965, Geddes joined the firm now known as Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons and also began service as a part-time U.S. magistrate, a position he held until 1970.

Geddes’ practice areas included both prosecution and defense work for general litigation and appellate experience before the Indiana Supreme Court, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He was also a certified mediator.

The Indianapolis attorney was a member of the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar associations and was a former vice president of the IndyBar and member of the IndyBar’s board of managers. Geddes also previously sat on the Indiana Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee and the State Judicial Nomination & Qualification Committee. He also served as the president of the Indianapolis Lawyers Club.

Geddes is survived by his wife, Jan, and his five children, Brad, Gretchen, Robin, Garth and Paige and their families, as well as two sisters and a brother. The visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Leppert Mortuary, Nora, with the service at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

Geddes’ full obituary can be read here


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