Damon Keith, American judge, Died at 96

Damon Jerome Keith was born on July 4, 1922, and died on April 28, 2019; he was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He never retired, dying in office.

He was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where he graduated from Northwestern High School in 1939.

Damon then moved on to West Virginia State College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1943. He served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1946.


He then attended Howard University School of Law where he received a Bachelor of Laws in 1949 and Wayne State University Law School where he received a Master of Laws in 1956.

Damon was in the private practice of law in Detroit from 1950 to 1967. He was an attorney in the Office of the Friend of the Court in Detroit from 1951 to 1955.

In 1964, Keith was elected co-chair of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission with John Feikens and was a crucial player in the tumultuous times following the Detroit race riots.

He married Rachel Boone in 1953, and they had three daughters. Rachel died on January 4, 2007.

Damon Jerome Keith sadly passed away on April 28, 2019; he was 96 years old.