In Memoriam: Judge John Woodward Sognier 94L

September 16, 2013

Judge John Woodward Sognier, 93, passed away Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, following a brief illness.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Sognier attended Columbus University Law School (now Catholic University) and later earned his LLM from Emory Law.

In 1941, he was commissioned as an infantryman, and later transferred to the Air Force. He was a fighter pilot who flew 59 missions in Europe, and later served as a squadron commander in Burma. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, in addition to other commendations.

In 1946, Sognier joined the Savannah firm of Kennedy, Jenkins, and Oliver (later Kennedy and Sognier). He was a member of the General Assembly of Georgia from 1955-56, and served as Chatham County registrar from 1957 to 1960, and Chatham County attorney from1960 to 1968.

In 1980, Georgia Gov. George Busbee appointed Sognier to the Court of Appeals. Afterward, he was elected and re-elected to six-year terms, and retired as chief judge in 1992. Following his retirement, Sognier practiced tax law with Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams, & Martin. Graveside services were held Sept. 9. 

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Read Judge Sognier’s obituary in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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