DENVER — Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry and his former colleagues of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals shared smiles and memories as a painting of him was unveiled.
The portrait is on display at the courthouse where he served from 1994 until resigning in 2010 to become head of the university. Henry's resignation left a vacancy on the six-state court that remains unfilled.
President Barack Obama in January nominated Robert Bacharach, a U.S. District Court magistrate judge in Oklahoma City, to fill the vacancy.
Bacharach received a favorable hearing Wednesday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, but the Senate has not yet voted on whether to confirm him.
The portrait unveiling also was Wednesday.
Senior Judge David Ebel, in his tribute to Henry, called him “a Renaissance person — gifted at everything he tries — and he has tried nearly everything.”
Ebel recounted Henry's career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, as state attorney general, as dean of OCU's law school and as a judge of the court that is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Not a bad gig for a country boy from Shawnee, Oklahoma,” Ebel said.
Henry said the court's judges “are the finest and most professional group with which I've ever been associated.”