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Frank A. Hooper, Jr.

Frank A. Hooper, Jr., 1932-1932


FRANK ARTHUR HOOPER, JR., served on the Court of Appeals of Georgia for seven months during 1932 to fill the unexpired term of Judge O.H.B. Bloodworth. He was born April 21, 1895, in Americus, Sumpter County, Georgia, and died February II, 1985.

He graduated from Boys High School in Atlanta; attended Georgia Tech; SAE social fraternity; earned a scholarship T; left college for medical reasons but read law in his father's Atlanta office, passed the Bar exam, and began law practice in 1916.

He married Carolyn Newton, a former "Miss Georgia" of Gainesville, Georgia, on June 29,1926. They had three children, Frank A. Hooper Ill, Charles N. Hooper (attorney), and Ellis C. Hooper (attorney).

He was law clerk for then Court of Appeals Judge Walter F. George in 1917; lieutenant junior grade in the Navy in 1919, aboard the ship George Washington during WWII; elected in 1925 as State Representative from Fulton County, serving for a four-year period and forming a close friendship with Speaker Richard B. Russell; active in latter's campaign for Governor and was appointed by him to the Court of Appeals.

He was an instructor at Atlanta Law School for nine years; Atlanta Assistant City Attorney 1940-1943; awarded LL.B., LL.M. and LL.D. degrees from Atlanta Law School during 1936-44; Mercer University Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1956 as "eminent jurist, outstanding Christian layman, and active civic and community worker"; president Georgia Tech National Alumni association 1945-47; Judge, Superior Court of Atlanta District 1943-1949; Judge, U. S. District Court Northern District of Georgia 1949, becoming Senior Judge in 1967.

He served on the Board of Deacons Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, vice-chairman 1948, secretary 1950, chairman 1952, 1954, 1955; Life Deacon and Chairman of Evangelism, Prospective Members and Music Committees of Church; Atlanta Baptist Association and Georgia Baptist Convention; Mason; Scottish Rite; Shrine (32nd Degree); Elks; Optimists; Kiwanis; American Legion; Military Order of World Wars; Citizens Crime Commission; Old War Horse Lawyers Club and Atlanta Bar Association citations of appreciations.

He served on the three-judge panel ruling the Georgia county unit system illegal; ordered desegregation of Atlanta parks, buses, and hospitals, and ordered Lester Maddox' Pickwick Restaurant to serve blacks; ordered the admission of blacks to the University System; ordered equal ratios of races in schools; ruled on Ku Klux Klan cases.