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Union memorial service to honor Ohio chief justice

Ohio State will get to honor one of its own Saturday.

A memorial for Thomas J. Moyer, the late Ohio Supreme Court chief justice, will be held at 11 a.m. in the Ohio Union Grand Ballroom.

Moyer was first elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1986 and served until his death earlier this month on April 2. He was 70 years old.

“Chief Justice Moyer’s life in the law was truly extraordinary, and all of us at Ohio State were pleased that the Supreme Court chose this venue for the memorial service,” said Alan C. Michaels, dean of the Moritz College of Law.

Moyer earned a bachelor’s degree from OSU in 1961 followed by a law degree from OSU in 1964. Some of his other public service roles include eight years as a judge of the 10th District Court of Appeals in Franklin County and four years as executive assistant to the governor of Ohio, according to an Ohio Supreme Court news release.

The memorial ceremony will feature a procession of robed judges led by the Pipes and Drums of the Cleveland Police. The robed judges include those from the federal branch, from out-of-state courts and from Ohio courts. OSU President E. Gordon Gee will make a few remarks, according to the news release.

The memorial is open to the public and expected to end by 12:30 p.m. However, those planning to attend are asked by the court to make reservations by e-mailing memorial@sc.ohio.gov or calling 614-387-9510.

“Rest assured that you need not be an Ohio State alumnus to attend.
This is an ‘ecumenical’ celebration — while an ardent supporter of his own university, the chief exuded civility and kindness, even to Michigan graduates,” acting Chief Justice Paul Pfeifer said in an e-mail invitation.

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