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Retired Justice Rudolph Hargrave
Oklahoma Supreme Court
1925 – 2014

Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Rudolph Hargrave of Wewoka died April 1, 2014. He was born Feb. 15, 1925, in Shawnee.  He attained his undergraduate degree from East Central University and received his J.D. from the OU College of Law in 1949.

He was in private practice for 15 years before becoming a county judge in Seminole County. He ascended to Seminole County Superior Court judge and Seminole County district judge from 1969 until 1978 when he was appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court by Gov. David Boren.

Representing District No. 8, he served on the Supreme Court from 1978 until his retirement in 2010.  He was chief justice in 1989 and 2001. During his first term as chief justice he was elected vice president of the National Conference of Chief Justices, making him the only Oklahoma Supreme Court justice to ever serve in that capacity.  

Justice Hargrave received East Central University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989.  The Sovereignty Symposium’s writing awards, the Hargrave Prizes, are named in his honor.  

He is survived by his wife Madeline, his daughters Cindy Keefer of Ada, Jana Howard of Ardmore and his son John, a bar member and president of East Central University in Ada. Services will be private in accordance with Justice Hargrave’s wishes.