John Jay O'Connor

American lawyer

John Jay O'Connor III (January 10, 1930 – November 11, 2009) was an American lawyer and the husband United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve the court. He had Alzheimer's disease. Because of the disease, his wife retired from the United States Supreme Court in 2005.[1]

John Jay O'Connor
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Associate Justice O'Connor and her husband John O'Connor with President George W. Bush in May 2004
John Jay O'Connor III

(1930-01-10)January 10, 1930
DiedNovember 11, 2009(2009-11-11) (aged 79)
Cause of deathAlzheimer's disease
Alma materStanford University (Bachelor's degree, 1951 and law degree, 1953)
Spouse(s)Sandra Day O'Connor (1952-2009, his death)
Parent(s)John Jay O'Connor II
Sally Flynn O'Connor

O'Connor was born on January 10, 1930 in San Francisco, California. He studied at Stanford University. He received many college degrees during the 1950s.[1] O'Connor married Sandra Day O'Connor in 1952, after they met in Arizona.[1] They had three sons. O'Connor died on November 11, 2009 in his home in Phoenix, Arizona from Alzheimer's disease, aged 79.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hevesi, Dennis (2009-11-11). "John J. O'Connor III, Husband of Former Justice, Is Dead at 79". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-12-07.

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