Roy J. Solfisburg, Jr. was born in Aurora, Illinois. He attended East Aurora High School, graduated from the University of Illinois Law School in 1940 with an LL.B. degree, and also received two honorary law degrees. In the same year, he was admitted to the Illinois State Bar; served as city of Aurora Corporation Counsel from 1949 to 1953; was Illinois Court of Claims Commissioner, 1953 to 1954 and Master in Chancery of Circuit Court of Kane County from 1954 to 1956. Mr. Solfisburg was elected Circuit Judge for the 16th Judicial District in 1956 to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected Circuit Judge in 1957 and appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Appellate Court, Second District, Second Division in July, 1957. He served as Presiding Justice of this district from 1959 to 1960 when he was elected to the Supreme Court. He was Chief Justice from September, 1962 to September, 1963 and was elected by his colleagues to serve a three year term as Chief Justice commencing January 1, 1967. He served as Chairman of the National Conference on Metropolitan Courts from 1962 to 1965. Justice Solfisburg was a member of the American, Illinois, and Kane County Bar Associations. He died April 19, 1991.