Judge Frederick “Fritz” Mowrer was one of the generation of men who did it all — served in two U.S. wars, earned a law degree, raised a family and served as a Municipal, Metropolitan and District Court judge in the 2nd Judicial District for nearly a quarter century until he retired in 1991. Mowrer died March 3 at 93.
An Indiana native, Mowrer married a hometown girl and then enlisted in the Army Air Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was transferred to the 4th Armored Division, Third Army. He landed in Normandy, helped liberate Paris and was shot in the head by a sniper while fighting in Germany. After returning home to Indiana, he used the GI Bill to earn a law degree from the University of Indiana. In 1951, he was recalled to active military duty to fight in Korea. In 1961, Mowrer and his family moved to Albuquerque.
Those who knew him and worked with him say he was a strict but fair judge who treated people with respect. “Everyone (in the legal community) knew he was a man of integrity, compassion, wisdom, and that he was devoted to fairness, which is justice,” District Judge Ross Sanchez told the Journal recently.
Mowrer said in a 1979 newspaper article.”This is my career and I want to make this court one of the better ones in the country.” He certainly accomplished that and much more in his exemplary life and career.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.