Retired 1st JDC Judge John Richard Ballard, 76, died Saturday, October 10, 2015. He earned his BA and JD degrees from LSU in 1961 and 1964. After law school he served two years in the Army with a tour in Vietnam. He returned to Louisiana to practice law in Shreveport from 1966 until 1972 when he was elected as Judge for Shreveport City Court. In 1976 he was elected to the 1st JDC where he served until his retirement in 1990.