Oliver Gasch

Born:  May 4, 1906
Washington, D.C.

Died: July 8, 1999
Washington, D.C.

Oliver Gasch

Judge, U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Nominated by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 12, 1965; Confirmed by the Senate on August 11, 1965, and received commission on August 11, 1965.  Assumed senior status on November 30, 1981. Service terminated on July 8, 1999, due to death.

Princeton Univ., A.B., 1928
George Washington Univ., LL.B., 1932

Transcript of Ceremony: November 18, 1983

Donald Stivers (1926 – 2009) painted the portraits of eight judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia: Judges William Bryant, Thomas Flannery, Oliver Gasch, Joyce Green, Harold Greene, George Hart, Louis Oberdorfer, and Barrington Parker. In the U.S. Navy during World War II, Mr. Stivers began to paint portraits of friends. He later studied fine art at the California College of Arts & Crafts on the GI Bill, where he continued his work in portraiture. He began his career in commercial art in California, specializing in book, movie, and magazine illustration. Upon moving to the East Coast, Mr. Stivers began work on a series of paintings depicting American westward expansion and is best known for his military artwork, including paintings depicting the Civil War. His work is followed by collectors and can be found on display at Forts Belvoir, Benning, Drum, Hood, Leavenworth, Riley, Sill, and Wainwright. His work has also been on display at the Army War College and in the Pentagon.

Courtesy of the Gasch Family

Professional Career:

Military Service:
Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, 1942-46

Private Practice:
Partner, Craighill, Aiello, Gasch & Craighill, 1961-65

Government Positions:
Asst. Corp. Counsel, D.C., 1937-53
Principal Asst. U.S. Attorney, D.C., 1953-56
U.S. Attorney, D.C., 1956-61
General Counsel, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, 1940-60

Professional Associations:
Barristers of Washington (President, 1962-63)
Bar Assn. of D.C. (Director, 1961-63, President 1964-65)
American Law Institute
Federal Bar Assn. (Chairman, Committee General Counsel of the Federal Government, 1960-61)
Chairman, Council on D.C. Law Enforcement, 1958-62
Judicial Conference, D.C. Circuit
Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Institute of Military Law, Judge Advocate’s Assn.

Pro Bono Activities:
Dean’s Council, Georgetown Univ. Law Center, 1960-65
Co-Chairman, Commissioners Crime Council, 1962-63

Other Activities:
President, George Washington Univ. Law Alumni
V.P., Executive Council, Diocese of Washington, Episcopal Church, 1961-64, Deputy to General Convention, 1961, 1964
Selden Society (London)
Military Order of Foreign Wars (Commander, D.C., 1956)
Reserve Officers Assn. (Past President, D.C. Department)
Phi Delta Phi
Univ. Club
Lawyers’ Club
Princeton Club (Washington, D.C., New York City)
Chevy Chase Club (Md.)
Counsellors Club

George Washington University Law Center Washington, D.C.

  • Oliver Gasch papers, 1953-2000. 41 boxes; finding aid; collection consists of Gasch’s chambers papers, including case files, correspondence, diaries, speeches and writings, and miscellany.

Smith College Northampton, Mass.

  • Marie Manning papers, 1909-2000; 5.5 linear ft.; finding aid; collection contains letters from Manning to her son, Oliver Gasch, written during his military service in World War II.