Judge Duross Fitzpatrick dead at 73

In memoriam

The flag will fly at half-staff at Macon’s federal courthouse through Wednesday in honor of U.S. District Judge Duross Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, 73, died Sunday night at his home in Twiggs County after suffering from a rare neurological disease, said Greg Leonard, chief clerk for the U.S. District Court.

“His illness was so debilitating and progressive,” Leonard said. “He was very stubborn in fighting the disease. There’s no cure for it.”

Fitzpatrick was appointed to the federal bench by President Reagan on Dec. 31, 1985. He became chief judge in 1995 and remained in that position until taking senior judge status in February 2001.