Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

RIP Gerald W. Heaney, Influential Judge Behind Racial Integration of STL Public Schools

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 10:37 AM

click to enlarge Heaney was an influential member of the bench for 40 years. - IMAGE VIA
  • Image via
  • Heaney was an influential member of the bench for 40 years.
The passing of 92-year-old Gerald W. Heaney, former federal appeals court judge in Minnesota, has been noted in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Post-Dispatch and at length in The Beacon.

His importance here in St. Louis was the following, according ot the Gray Lady (which refers to him as a "stalwart liberal"):
For 18 years, starting in 1981, Judge Heaney oversaw the integration of schools in St. Louis, writing 27 opinions that outlined strategies to bring students together from all over the city. In 1990, he was a member of a three-judge panel that allowed more than a fourth of black students in Kansas City, Mo., to transfer to predominantly white schools in the suburbs at the state's expense.

Tags: ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

September 9, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation