Marian Opala, a Polish immigrant who served for more than three decades on Oklahoma’s Supreme Court, died Monday. He was 89.
Opala died about 1:30 a.m. at an Oklahoma City hospital after suffering a stroke over the weekend, said Mike Mayberry, an official with the Oklahoma Administrative Office of the Courts.
Police discovered Opala unconscious at his Warr Acres home Saturday after he didn’t respond to telephone calls and knocks to his door, Mayberry said. He underwent surgery Sunday.
“His brilliant mind, coupled with absolute personal integrity, made him a model public servant. I will always be ... proud of the opportunity given to me to appoint him to the judiciary,” said OU President David Boren, who appointed Opala in November 1978.