By Phoenix Business Journal, KTAR
Sandra Day O’Connor, who blazed a trail from Arizona to become the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, died Friday in Phoenix. She was 93.
The Supreme Court said she died of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness. She announced her dementia diagnosis in 2018, saying it was probably Alzheimer’s. Her husband, John O’Connor, also had Alzheimer’s and died in 2009.
Jordan Rose, a Valley attorney whose Rose Law Group is the largest woman-founded law firm in Arizona history, described O’Connor as an inspiration.
“Ever since I was a little girl dreaming of being a lawyer I watched Sandra Day O’Connor demonstrate that being a female would not cause me any career limitations,” Rose told the Business Journal in a Dec. 1 email. “She is an inspiration to all knowing that if you work hard and do the right thing you will succeed and can do an incredible amount of good for humanity. She is my hero.”