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Robert J. Kelleher, Oldest Serving Federal Judge, Dies At 99

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Robert Kelleher died at 99.
Robert Kelleher died at 99.

LOS ANGELES — Senior U.S. District Judge Robert J. Kelleher, the oldest serving federal judge in the nation, has died at the age of 99.

Announcement of Kelleher's death Wednesday came from Chief Judge Audrey B. Collins of the Central District of California.

Kelleher, a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, was appointed to the federal bench by President Richard M. Nixon in 1970. He continued to hear cases into his 90s.

Kelleher was a former tennis champion who captained the triumphant 1963 U.S. Davis Cup team. He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000 and received his Hall of Fame ring just a year ago on July 3, 2011. As a leader of national and international tennis organizations he helped usher tennis into the modern era.