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NEW ORLEANS -- Retired federal Judge Frederick J.R. Heebe, whose career included 20 years as chief judge of federal court in New Orleans as well as a stint on the Jefferson Parish bench and parish council, died Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 91.
Heebe retired in 1996, thirty years after he was first appointed to the bench by President Lyndon Johnson.
He was a former state district judge in Jefferson Parish, where he also served as a parish councilman from 1958 to 1960.
A native of Gretna, Heebe’s family is well-known in Jefferson Parish business and political circles. His son, Fred Heebe, is co-owner of the River Birch Landfill in Waggaman and was a onetime candidate for Jefferson Parish District Attorney and U.S. Attorney. Fred Heebe’s wife, Jennifer, is a former Jefferson Parish councilwoman.
During his career at federal court, Judge Heebe handled many cases in the 1960s and '70s dealing with the desegregation of schools and redistricting of school boards and parish governments.