Retired federal Judge John Parker dies at 85
BATON ROUGE - Retired U. S. District Judge John Parker passed away this week, according to his family and federal court officials. He was 85.
The LSU-educated Parker was nominated to the federal bench by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. He served as chief judge until assuming senior status in 1998.
One of Parker's most well-known rulings came in the 1956 desegregation lawsuit filed against East Baton Rouge Parish schools, which ended in 2007. Parker stepped back into the case in 1975 to give a busing order that would ensure the ruling was carried out.
Parker was also a veteran of the U. S. Army and served a decade in the Army Reserve.