“A loving father and husband, respected teacher and fair judge, Ralph Tyson was a selfless public servant who made Louisiana better each day. Although he is no longer with us, he will always be a part of Louisiana's history and remembered as a dear friend,'' Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said in a statement.
Tyson graduated in 1973 from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and worked in private practice until 1988.
He served as a Baton Rouge city court judge from 1988 to 1993 and as a state district judge from 1993 until his appointment to the federal court by Clinton. He also taught law classes for a decade.
Tyson was named the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year for the LSU law school.