Longtime Judge Desegregated Schools, Sat on Watergate Hearings Panel

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A retired federal judge known for his role in helping to desegregate the St. Louis schools–as well as, during an earlier stint in Congress, for sitting on the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings–has died.

William Hungate died today of complications from surgery June 6 for a brain hematoma that may have resulted from a fall at home, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He was 84.

Married for 63 years, the judge was renowned among friends and family for his sense of humor and his musical skills, the article continues. He served for more than 20 years as a judge in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, and, prior to that, for 13 years as a six-term member of Congress.

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