John J. O’Connor III, the husband of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, has died.
The court said the 79-year-old O’Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix, Ariz., of complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.
John O’Connor, himself a lawyer, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s nearly two decades ago. His condition deteriorated markedly in mid-decade and when she announced her retirement in 2005, the justice cited the need to care her husband. The O’Connors were married in 1952 and became a leading couple on Washington’s social scene when they moved from Arizona in 1981 following her confirmation as the first woman on the Supreme Court.
Our thoughts are with you Justice O’Connor.