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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Roger Dell (Inducted 1993)

Roger Dell Biography from the Hall of Fame Sports Banquet, August 2, 1993.
 
      The late Roger Dell was a renowned Fergus Falls attorney who also served as Chief Justice of the Minnesota State Supreme Court. In athletics he was widely known as a top competitor in national trapshooting. He ranked high in United States competition at Vandalia, Ohio. Dell loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed duck hunting and fishing in Maine Township, Otter Tail County.
      Born in 1897 at Bird Island, Minnesota, Dell graduated from the St. Paul College of Law in 1920 and that same year started work as an attorney in Fergus Falls, under the firm Brown and Dell. He later worked with the firm of Dell, Rosengren, and Rufer. Mr. Dell was widely known as a trial lawyer.
      In 1953 Dell was appointed by Minnesota Governor C. Elmer Anderson to the State Supreme Court, as an Associate Justice. A year later he was named Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. He voiced his support for a legislative bill to reduce the number of judicial districts and to increase the minimum number of judges to each district. The bill was passed by the legislature in 1957. He retired from the State Supreme Court in 1962.
      In Fergus Falls Dell was active with St. James Episcopal Church, as well as many civic organizations. He also managed Fergus Properties, Inc.
      Mrs. Dell preceded Roger in death. He had three brothers, Thomas, Harold, and Kenneth, and a sister, Dorothy.
      Mr. Dell died on March 8, 1966, at age 68. The Dell Trust, established in his memory, provides funds for charitable purposes and non-profit organizations.
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