In Memoriam

In memoriam of our beloved colleagues who have passed in 2019.  

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Jerome B Simandle

Jerome B. Simandle

Jerry Simandle was an extremely active and beloved member of the Federal Judges Association, having served for many years on its Board of Directors and as an officer and Executive Committee member. More recently, last spring, Jerry was once again elected to be FJA Treasurer but reluctantly requested to step down because of the gravity of his illness and the serious physical impact of his treatments. We knew his condition must be grave for Jerry to resign from any position, especially from his beloved FJA, an organization of Article III judges that he guided through decades of service, never shy in professing his respect and affection for the organization and its purposes, and for his colleagues who grew to love him as a friend.

Judge Wiley Daniel

Wiley Daniel

Judge Daniel held several positions in the Federal Judges leadership, culminating in his Presidency 2009-2011. Wiley, as his friends in the FJA called him, succeeded Judge Sarah Evans Barker, Sr. Judge in the Southern District of Indiana who recalls him as a wonderful friend and colleague and leader of the Association who took seriously the need for Article III Judges to improve their judicial salary and benefits. As President, Judge Daniel, with other dedicated FJA officers, forged working relationships with FJA members to press the groundwork for the future successful litigation that secured COLA restoration for the federal judiciary. Judge Barker also recounts Wiley’s devotion to his wife, Ida and that he was an adoring grandfather, adding “he was an unfailingly kind and cheerful person with a ready smile and contagious laugh. I really loved him very much and will miss him terribly. Losing him so soon into his retirement is a great unfairness to all whose lives he touched, most especially his beloved family."