Former Illinois Chief Justice Harrison Dies

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(KTVI) – Former Illinois Chief Justice Moses W. Harrison II passed away at the age of 81, Thursday, April 2013.  Harrison was a member of the Illinois judiciary for 29 years and a member of the Illinois Supreme Court for 10 years.

Judge Harrison was born in Collinsville, IL. and was educated in Collinsville public schools.  He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College in 1954 and his law degree from Washington University School do Law in St. Louis in 1958.

He practiced law in East St. Louis and Collinsville for 15 years, before being appointed a Circuit Judge in 1973.  In 1979 he was appointed to the Illinois Appellate Court and in 1993, he was elected to the Illinois Supreme Court.  He was selected by his peers on the court to be Chief Justice in 2000 and retired from the bench in 2002.

Harrison at the time of his death was a member of the St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in O’Fallon.

He’s survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon, his son, Clarence and his wife, Carol, and their daughters Lauren and Rachel Harrison; and grandchildren Sarah and Jacob Harrison and their mother, Mary.

Memorials may be made to St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 111 O’Fallon Troy Road, O’Fallon, Ill. 62269; or the Justinian Society of Lawyers Scholarship Fund, 734 N. Wells St., Chicago Ill. 60610.

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