Thomas Reavley preached his first sermon against racial discrimination in East Texas in 1935. He was a Naval officer in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a prosecutor in Dallas. Governor John Connally appointed him to a Travis County district court and later to the Texas Supreme Court. President Jimmy Carter appointed Reavley to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1979.
Judge Reavley, who was believed to be the oldest serving federal appellate judge in the U.S., died Tuesday in Houston. He was 99 . . .
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