Kay McFarland


Age: 80

Summary: pioneering judge who was the first female chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court when she was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1977 by Gov. Robert Bennett as the first woman on the high court and became the court's first woman chief justice in 1955 in a position she held until retiring in 2009, and whose 31-year tenure on the high court is among the longest on record.

Cause of Death: Brief illness

Born: July 20, 1935

Died: August 18, 2015

Topeka, Kansas