We here at Abnormal Use and Gallivan, White, & Boyd, P.A. were saddened today to learn of the passing of U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Perry, Jr. Admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1951, he was appointed to serve as a U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina by President Carter in 1979. Following that appointment, Judge Perry became the first African American federal judge in South Carolina. Sixteen years later, he would assume senior status. He was a true gentleman and a delightful person. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. To learn more about Judge Perry’s long and varied career, see here and here.