Distinguished Alumni

Judge Fred F. Fennell

Judge Fennell was born March 26, 1909, in Grainger County, Tennessee. He attended the rural elementary schools in Grainger County and graduated from LMU Academy in 1928, from LMU in 1932 with an AB and from George Washington University Law School in 1937 with honors.

Judge Fennell carried the mail on horseback on a rural route from the Harrogate Post Office after graduation from college. While attending law school in Washington, he worked as a clerk in the Department of Justice. After graduation he was assigned to the Court Examiners Office to examine offices of the U.S. Marshals, U.S. Attorneys and Clerks.

During World War II, he enlisted in the Army and was assigned to serve with the Counter Intelligence Corps. In this capacity he served in Europe with Normandy Landing. For this service he received two awards and was commissioned a lieutenant.

After the war, Judge Fennell set up a private law practice in Harriman, Tennessee, and carried on a general practice of law. He was elected and served as county attorney for Roane County, Tennessee. During this period he, along with Garfield Drennon (another LMU grad), set up the system for the U.S. government to dispose of the government owned facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at Richland, Washington, and at Los Alamos, New Mexico, to private industry and private home owners.

Judge Fennell then joined the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development as an attorney in Washington, D.C. He was highly regarded as an expert in the field of real estate law. After several years at HUD, he retired and moved to Jasper, Arkansas, and again entered into private practice of law. Later he was elected a municipal judge and heard cases for a number of years until he again retired.