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TCL > April 2002 Issue > In Memoriam

April 2002       Vol. 31, No. 4       Page  82
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

tcl-2002memoriam-pringleFormer Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward "Eddie" E. Pringle died March 1, 2002. He was 87. Pringle was born in 1914 and moved to Denver at the age of 3. He attended North High School, graduating at 16. He attended the University of Colorado in Boulder where he received a law degree at the age of 22. Pringle was a lawyer, a judge, and a teacher. He practiced law in Denver for twelve years. He was appointed to the Denver District Court bench in 1958 and then to the Colorado Supreme Court in 1961. He served as Chief Justice for nine of the eighteen years he was on the Supreme Court bench. As Chief Justice, Pringle was the driving force behind an overhaul of the state’s judicial system. He unified the courts’ budgets, making the Chief Justice the head budgetmaker. He was the first Colorado Chief Justice to make a "State of the Courts" address to the legislature; established a state-sponsored marriage counseling service; helped get the current judicial building built; and became one of the first justices in the nation to argue for allowing cameras in the courtroom. Pringle taught at the University of Denver College of Law for eighteen years, until he retired in 1997. He joined the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations in 1939, and was an Honor Life Member of both. He was a 33rd-degree Mason. Pringle is survived by two sons and four grandchildren.


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