John Doar


Age: 92

Summary: lawyer and civil rights activist in the 1960's who fought to protect the rights of black voters and worked against segregation in the South while he was a top U.S. Justice Department civil rights lawyer serving in the final months of the Eisenhower administration, then staying on during the Kennedy and Johnson presidencies from 1960 to 1967, who rose to the position of assistant attorney general (or top lawyer) in charge of the department's Civil Rights Division and challenged discriminatory policies in Southern states that curtailed minority access to the voting booth and state universities.

Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

Born: December 3, 1921

Died: November 11, 2014

New York City, New York