October 23, 2018 | Professor Barry P. McDonald was interviewed on the KPCC AirTalk with Larry Mantle program, “Sandra Day O’Connor announces possible Alzheimer diagnosis.” The retired Supreme Court Justice announced in a letter released today that she is withdrawing from public life.
Via KPCC AirTalk:
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced Tuesday that she has the beginning stages of dementia, “probably Alzheimer’s disease.”
The 88-year-old said in a public letter that her diagnosis was made some time ago and that as her condition has progressed she is “no longer able to participate in public life.”
“While the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life,” she wrote. She added: “As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.”
The program broadcast may be found here