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1903 - 1977
Inducted in 1981
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"In our system, students may not be regarded as closed circuit
recipients of only that which the state chooses to communicate. They
may not be confined to the expression of those sentiments that are officially
From Justice Lorna Lockwood's Supreme Court opinions lawyer, legislator,
Superior Court judge, Arizona Supreme Court chief justice ... ten words
that capsulate the career of Lorna E. Lockwood. Add to that, assistant
attorney general for Arizona, juvenile court judge and district price attorney
for the wartime Office of Price Administration, and one begins to appreciate
the breadth of that career.
Born March 24, 1903, in Douglas, a small southeastern Arizona town on
the Mexican border, Lorna Lockwood was the daughter of Daisy Maude Lincoln
and attorney Alfred Collins Lockwood. The family moved to Tombstone in
1913, and Lorna graduated from Tombstone High School in 1920.
In an age when few women continued their education beyond high school,
Lorna Lockwood not only graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson
(in 1923), but also from the College of Law (in 1925). She was the only
woman among 13 law students in her class and was elected president of the
Student Bar Association.
"I decided when I was a very little girl that I wanted
to be a lawyer:" Lornaonce said. "I can't
say positively when, but the idea was in the back of my mind."
She had dreamed of practicing law with her father, but by the time she was
admitted to the State Bar, her father had been elected to the Arizona Supreme
Court. He served from 1925 to 1942 and was chief justice three times.
Miss Lockwood followed in her father's footsteps right up to the very
desk he had used as a member of the state Supreme Court. She was elected
to the post in 1960 and chose to occupy her father's old office and work
at the desk that had been his. She served as vice chief justice once and
chief justice twice. In so doing, she became the first woman chief justice
in Arizona and in U.S. history.
But her rise to prominence took some time. After passing the State Bar
in 1925, Lockwood found limited job opportunities. She spent fourteen years
as a legal stenographer before forming the state’s first all-woman
legal practice with another female lawyer. Then in 1939, Lorna was
elected to the Arizona House of Representatives and served three terms.
She was chosen by her fellow legislators as vice president, and later chairman,
of the powerful House Judiciary Committee. Between her second and third
terms in the Legislature, Miss Lockwood spent a year (1943) as assistant
to U.S. Rep. John R. Murdock in Washington, D.C. She was Arizona assistant
attorney general from 1949 to 1950 and Maricopa County Superior Court judge
from 1950 to 1961.
During that time on the lower court, she served three and one-half years
as a juvenile court judge and became well known in the field of delinquency
control. Interspersed in her legal and public service careers were years
of dedicated work in many civic and professional organizations. Lorna Lockwood
was elected state president and western regional director of the National
Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs; president of the
Soroptomists Club of Phoenix; and president of the Arizona Judges Association.
She also served on the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. She
believed in private juvenile aid agencies and was active in the Big Sisters
and Big Brothers of Arizona.
Her career, her public service and her dedication to youth did not go
unnoticed. In 1962, Lorna Lockwood was named Phoenix Professional Woman
of the Year; in 1965 she received the Southern Pacific Coast Region of
Hadassah Humanitarian Award; in 1971 she was named Builder of a Greater
Arizona; and in 1974 she was given the Phoenix Woman of the Year award.
When she died September 23, 1977, at Phoenix's Good Samaritan Hospital,
Chief Justice James Duke Cameron eulogized her as "a good judge
and a tough judge when she had to be."
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