Viewing Judge John D. McGill (1920-1972).
In 1948, John D. McGill graduated from the St. Paul College of Law and was admitted to the bar. He practiced law in Winona, his hometown, served a decade in the state legislature, and was Judge of Municipal Court from June 24, 1963 to February 27, 1972, when he died at age fifty-one. Two months later, the Winona County Bar Association presented a memorial to him in District Court. In that proceeding, his activities in the community were recalled -- besides his legislative and judicial posts, he belonged to five social organizations or fraternal orders in Winona as well as several bar associations. But the public side of his life was counterbalanced by a remarkable personal quality -- his stoicism. He suffered from a chronic heart condition and cancer yet never discussed his health publicly, never complained, and never lost interest in others, while maintaining a high level of devotion to his family and friends.