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John J. O'Connor III dies at 79; attorney and husband of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
John J. O'Connor III dies at 79; attorney and husband of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

John J. O'Connor III, a lawyer who went to Washington in a historic role, as the husband of the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, has died. He was 79. O'Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease, the court said in a statement. He had been diagnosed with the disease nearly two decades ago. After Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman to serve on the nation's highest court in 1981, her husband gave up a partnership at a venerable Phoenix law firm to accompany her to Washington. Soon after the couple arrived, a reporter asked him, "How do you feel about being in the supporting role?" He responded,...

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