Barbara Durham, 60, the only woman to serve as chief justice of Washington state, has died. She was 60.
Durham's husband, Dr. Charles Divelbiss, said she died Monday of a neuro-degenerative disorder at a care facility in Mount Vernon, Wash.
Durham was the second woman to serve on the state Supreme Court. She served as chief justice from 1995 to December 1998 and resigned in January 1999.
A native of Anacortes, Wash., Durham graduated from Stanford University Law School in 1968. She worked as a criminal prosecutor in King County (where Seattle is located) and later became a District Court judge in Mercer Island, a Superior Court judge in King County and an appellate court judge.