Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office
Governor Beshear orders flags to half-staff in honor of Judge Henry Meigs II
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Steve Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from today until sunset on Friday, Dec. 5, in honor of Judge Henry Meigs II, who passed away last Friday at the age of 93.
Judge Meigs, a native of New York, graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law and practiced in Frankfort until 1960, when he was appointed by Gov. Bret Combs as the first circuit judge of the newly created 48th District. He held the judgeship until 1983 and during his tenure, Judge Meigs was known for championing judicial reform, including being one of the key advocates of the 1976 Judicial Reform Article to the state Constitution. Judge Meigs was also a war hero, serving as a fighter pilot with the Army Air Corps in the Pacific during World War II, shooting down 13 Japanese planes and receiving the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. Throughout his life, Judge Meigs was involved in many civic endeavors, strongly advocating for mental health and wellness and serving on academic boards, including being named trustee emeritus of Centre College in 1993.
Judge Meigs is survived by his wife, Sara Willis Meigs, who is the daughter of former Kentucky Gov. Simeon Willis; two sons, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Judge Meigs will be today at 2 p.m. Eastern time at Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville. Interment will be held Friday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern time at Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort. Gov. Beshear encourages individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to join in this tribute.
Flag status information is available at http://governor.ky.gov/Pages/flagstatus.aspx.