John Rohwedder practiced law in Minneapolis for thirty years but it was his life outside the courtroom, away from the office that may have impressed his colleagues, friends and family the most.
Born in North Dakota in 1896, orphaned at twelve, he worked his way through high school in Minot while lettering in four sports; next he worked his way through the University of North Dakota while starring in football, participating in three other sports and editing the student newspaper; he then worked his way through the University of North Dakota Law School. After graduation, he practiced in Fargo and Grand Forks before moving to Minneapolis in 1927.
In Minneapolis he was active in his neighborhood improvement association, the PTA, the Masons and other fraternal and social organizations. He was president of the North Dakota Alumni Club several terms, while engaging in seasonal sports with friends for years.
He led a full life that ended on January 11, 1957, a month shy of his sixty-first year. Sometime later, a tribute to him was read at memorial services of the Hennepin County Bar Association.