The Third Branch
Justice Crooks recalls meeting Kennedy
Justice N. Patrick Crooks is pictured immediately to the right of then-U.S. Sen. John F. Kennedy, who spoke during a campaign visit to the campus of St. Norbert College in De Pere in 1960. Photo credit: St. Norbert College
The 50th anniversary of the death of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22 stirred memories for many people, including Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks. Crooks met Kennedy when the then-U.S. senator visited the St. Norbert College campus during a campaign stop in 1960.
Crooks had the honor of introducing Kennedy to St. Norbert College students as part of a speakers series that Crooks helped organize at his alma mater. Crooks said he also sat next to Kennedy during lunch at the priests' dining room on campus during the visit.A few years later, Crooks said he was among the throngs gathered at Kennedy's funeral procession in Washington D.C. Word rapidly spread through the crowd that Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, had been shot, Crooks said. Crooks was in the Washington area at the time attending the Judge Advocate General's Legal School at the University of Virginia.