“The Fraternity “ Lawyers and Judges in Collusion” published by Paragon House, 2004.
Written by John F. Molloy.
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John Fitzgerald Molloy died at his home, encircled by the love of his family, early on July 12, 2008. He fought a courageous and tenacious battle against cancer (30 years of prostate cancer and five years of colorectal cancer) and other ailments that could not slow him down until his final months.
He filled his 90 years with adventures and accomplishments in an illustrious career as lawyer, judge, author, pilot, tennis aficionado, father, grandfather and much more. Born on August 18, 1917, in Los Angeles, Calif., John Molloy was raised in Yuma where his father, Thomas D. Molloy, served as Yuma County Attorney in the early days of Arizona statehood. John Molloy left Yuma to study at the University of Arizona, where he earned his BA in 1939 and his JD in 1946. In between he served his country in the Pacific as a US Navy pilot 1941 – 45, and retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve.
His distinguished legal career began as a trial lawyer with Hall, Catlin & Molloy, 1946 – 57; Pima County Superior Court Judge, 1957 – 61; Founder of Pima County Court of Conciliation, 1960; Arizona Court of Appeals, 1961 – 67; Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, 1967 – 69; and president of the largest law firm in Southern Arizona, Molloy, Jones, Donahue, 1969 – 1991. He authored more than 300 decisions for the Arizona Court of Appeals and the final Miranda decision for the Arizona Supreme Court.
He also wrote a well-received book, “The Fraternity – Lawyers and Judges in Collusion” published by Paragon House, 2004. Many local attorneys prepared for their State Bar exams by taking the extensive Bar Review course John Molloy taught for a decade. His community leadership positions included: National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade; president of the Marshall Foundation for 26 years; appointment to Arizona Board of Regents by Gov. Raul Castro; president of the Tucson YMCA; commander of American Legion Post 7; visiting professor, UA College of Law; president of Arizona Judges Association and affiliation with the major bar and legal associations. He has served on the Boards of Arizona Health Sciences Center, Sarver Heart Center, Little Chapel of All Nations, El Pueblo Health Center, Arizona Children’s Home, Child Guidance Clinic and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic. He received a UA Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1986 and UA Distinguished Citizen Awards in 1975 and 1994. And on top of any of his roles as a Tucson community leader, he always put family and loved ones first. His family will always feel the love and power of his presence as a great patriarch. He often said that he could live on forever through his children and descendents, and almost every day he would exclaim to everyone, “Life is good!” A public memorial service and celebration of John F. Molloy’s life will be held Saturday, July 19, at 4:00 p.m. at Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway, followed by an off-site reception. In lieu of flowers, the family invites gifts to causes such as the YMCA and the UA Sarver Heart Center. Arrangements by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on July 16, 2008– See more at: http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/tucson/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=113487068&referrer=0&preview=True#sthash.wKf0uBME.dpuf