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Former Justice Donald L. Allegrucci dies at age 78 (1936-2014)

Monday, November 10, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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Former Kansas Supreme Court justice and state senator Donald L. Allegrucci died at his home in Topeka on November 8 following a battle with cancer.


A 20-year member of the Supreme Court, he was known as a tough but fair jurist. His career was one of distinction and dedication to the law and to protecting the constitutional rights of all people. Prior to his service on the district court and then the Supreme Court, Allegrucci earned his experience as a prosecuting attorney and as an attorney in private practice.


Allegrucci served in the Air Force Reserves from 1959-66 and after graduating Washburn University School of Law in 1963, he served as assistant county attorney for Butler County from 1963-66; served as director of the Mid-Kansas Community Action Program from 1966-68; represented Crawford and Cherokee counties in the Kansas Senate from 1976-80; served as a district court judge from 1982-86; and served in the Supreme Court from 1986-2007.


Allegrucci was born in Pittsburg on September 19, 1936, to Nello and Josephine Allegrucci. He is survived by his wife, Joyce; two sons, Scott Allegrucci, of Lawrence, and Bo Allegrucci, of Lincoln, Nebraska; grandson, Nello Allegrucci, of Lawrence; and a brother, Robert Allegrucci, of Blue Ridge, Georgia.


Private services will be held at a later date according to his wishes. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Earthjustice or to The Stowers Institute, c/o The Far Shore, PO Box 863, Lawrence, KS 66044.


To view Justice Allegrucci's full obituary, please visit