John Leo Carroll


John Leo Carroll



John Leo Carroll was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 6, 1922. He grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and graduated from Hammond High School (1940). Upon his high school graduation, he began his undergraduate studies at Purdue University, before transferring to Indiana University (B.A. 1946). In 1943, he entered the U.S. Army, serving as a combat infantryman and earning the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge for exceptional valor in battle. Carroll returned from the war in 1945 and enrolled in the Indiana University School of Law. He graduated, Order of the Coif, in 1948.

After law school, Carroll began his legal career in Evansville, where he became an associate with the firm of Walker and Walker. In 1952, he and Edwin Johnson formed the firm that became Johnson Carroll Norton, Kent & Goedde, P.C. Carroll served as the President of the Indiana State Bar Association (1983-84), as President of the Evansville Bar Association (1969-70), as President of the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and as a fellow of the American and Indiana Bar Foundations. He was a delegate to the American Bar Association’s efforts to support law reform in the Ukraine, traveling to Eastern Europe to assist Ukrainian lawyers in their efforts to convert to a free-market legal system. Carroll served as Indiana University School of Law’s first “practitioner-in-residence” and was a member of the school’s Board of Visitors from 1981 to 1985.

Carroll was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana Governor Rober Orr in 1988, and was also named a Kentucky Colonel by the state of Kentucky. He was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1995.

John Leo Carroll died in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 97 in 2019.


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