Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice John Bardgett has died at the age of 81. Bardgett, who served on the Supreme Court from 1970 to 1982, died Saturday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
The St. Louis native graduated from St. Louis University High School before moving onto St. Louis University’s College of Commerce and Finance and later St. Louis University School of Law.
In September of 1968, Bardgett was appointed by then-Governor Warren Hearnes as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge. Hearnes appointed Bardgett to the State Supreme Court in 1970. Bardgett served as Chief Justice from 1979 to 1981 before retiring from the Supreme Court in 1982 to return to private law practice.
A funeral Mass is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Jefferson City.