North Dakota Supreme Court Justice Gerald VandeWalle’s retirement announcement was followed by fond farewells from state and national political leaders.

VandeWalle, 89, will retire on Jan. 31, 2023, he announced Friday, Nov. 18. His career has included more than 44 years of nonpartisan service with the North Dakota Supreme Court, including 27 years as the Chief Justice.

VandeWalle retiring from ND Sup. Court; top GOPers respond

VandeWalle, far left, then North Dakota's chief justice, attended 2014's Richland County Courthouse centennial. He's seen with North Dakota Attorney General Drew Wrigley, then the state's lieutenant governor, and then-Richland County Commissioner Dan Thompson.

VandeWalle retiring from ND Sup. Court; top GOPers respond

Known to many as 'Gerry,' VandeWalle, far left, is seen at the 2018 North Dakota Boys State in Wahpeton. With him are Dean of Students Chad Lystad, 2017 Boys State Governor Jacob Mehrer and 2018 Boys State Governor Theodore 'Teddy' Mayer.