Born: March 19, 1932
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Died: September 9, 2007
Washington, D.C.

John Garrett Penn

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

Nominated by Jimmy Carter on January 19, 1979; Confirmed by the Senate on March 21, 1979, and received commission on March 23, 1979. Served as chief judge, 1992 – 1997. Assumed senior status on 3/31/1998. Service terminated on 9/9/2007, due to death.

University of Massachusetts, A.B., 1954
Boston University, LL.B., 1957
Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Simmie Knox (1935-) a native of Washington, D.C., Knox graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia and has specialized in portraits since 1981. Knox exhibited as an abstract artist and worked for the Museum of African Art in Washington D.C. during the 1970s. His abstract art was displayed in the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 1971. After years of painting abstract and other art forms, Knox turned full time to portraiture. His commissions feature entertainers, educators, military officers, judges, and private individuals and include Justice Thurgood Marshall in 1989, Senator Verda Welcome in 1990, Senator Herman Holloway in 1995, and Muhammad Ali in 1995. Perhaps Knox’s most notable commission was to paint the official portait of President Bill and First Lady Hillary Clinton, unveiled in 2004.

Today, Knox’s work is held in private collections, the U.S. Senate, the White House, and schools, museums, and courthouses across the country.

Professional Career:

U.S. Army, JAG Corps, 1958-1961
Tax Division, General Litigation Section, U.S. Department of Justice, 1961-1970
Trial attorney, 1961-1965
Reviewer, 1965-1968
Assistant chief, 1968-1970
Judge, District of Columbia Court of General Sessions, 1970-1971
Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 1971-1979