Retired 19th JDC Judge Robert H. “Bob” Hester, 72, died December 3, 2017. He earned his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees from Louisiana State University in 1967 and 1971. Prior to his election to the bench, Hester served as Legal Investigator, Special Prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney, and Chief Deputy District Attorney in the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office. During that time he also maintained a civil law practice. He was elected to the 19th JDC in 1985 and served there until his retirement in 1996.