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John Victor Parker


John Victor Parker

John Victor Parker
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
In office
1979 – 1998

Senior status: 1998-2014

Preceded by New judgeship
Succeeded by James J. Brady
Personal details
Born John Victor Parker
(1928-10-14)October 14, 1928
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Died July 14, 2014(2014-07-14) (aged 85)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Fridge Parker (married c. 1950-2010, her death)
Relations Judge Donovan W. "Mickey" Parker (brother)
Children John Michael "Mike" Parker

Robert F. "Bob" Parker
Linda P. Thompson

Parents Police Chief Fred C. Parker, Jr.

Laverne Sessions Parker

Occupation Attorney
Religion United Methodist Church
Military service
Service/branch United States Army

United States Army Reserve

Rank Judge Advocate General's Corps staff (1952-1954)

Army Reserve (1954-1964) captain at time of discharge

John Victor Parker (October 14, 1928 – July 14, 2014) was a United States District Judge, best known for having ordered cross-town school busing as part of his oversight of the former East Baton Rouge Parish school desegregation suit, a case which he inherited when he was named to the bench and continued to manage until 2001.[1]

Parker's colleague, Judge Brian Jackson, recalled that during the height of the desegregation controversy Parker had "received death threats ... was threatened with bodily injury ... and ostracized socially. What sustained him was his devotion to the Constitution of the United States and the rule of law."[1]

Jackson noted too that Parker handled thousands of cases, including lawsuits emanating from a chemical leak from a barge of the Ingram Barge Company. Loaded with benzene and toluene, the barge capsized in 1997 across the Mississippi River from the Southern University campus.[1] In 1985, Parker ordered a grand jury investigation of the General Services Administration because of a leaking roof and falling plaster at the federal courthouse in Baton Rouge. His efforts led to the $23 million Russell B. Long Federal Building, named for the late U.S. Senator Russell B. Long. The new structure, which opened in 1994, is three times the size of the predecessor facility.[1]

Born in [2]

On May 24, 1979, Parker was nominated by U.S. President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1979, and received his commission on September 26, 1979. He served as chief judge from 1979 to 1998. He assumed senior status on October 31, 1998, and remained on the court until his death on July 14, 2014, at his home in Baton Rouge. He took few cases, however, after the illness and death in 2010 of his wife of sixty years, the former Elizabeth Fridge. The couple had two sons, John Michael "Mike" Parker and wife, Sonja Caldwell Parker, and Robert F. "Bob" Parker, and a daughter, Linda P. Thompson and her husband, Dr. Christopher S. Thompson.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Charles Lussier (July 15, 2014). "BR’s U.S. Judge John Parker dies at age 85: Tenure began with desegregation case".  
  2. ^ a b "Judge John V. Parker obituary". Baton Rouge Morning Advocate. Retrieved July 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Federal Judge John V. Parker Dies", The Houston Chronicle, July 15, 2014


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Preceded by
New judgeship
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

John Victor Parker

Succeeded by
James J. Brady
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