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Jackson L. Kiser — Obituary

Senior U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser died Oct. 21. He was 91.

A native of West Virginia, Judge Kiser graduated from Concord College in 1951, then earned his law degree from the Washington and Lee University law school. After law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, and later, in the U.S. Army Reserves, attaining the rank of captain.

After his military service, Judge Kiser worked as a U.S. Commissioner for the U.S. District Court and an assistant United States attorney in the Western District of Virginia. He then entered private practice in Martinsville handling general civil and criminal litigation.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to a seat on the federal bench in the Western District of Virginia; he was confirmed within a month of his nomination.

Judge Kiser was the presiding judge in the Danville Division, and he was chief judge from 1993-1997. He took senior status in 1997, but continued to maintain an active docket in Danville for another 23 years.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Carole; his children, Bill, John, and Beth; four grandchildren, Jack, Olivia, Linus, and Augusta; and a brother, William.