George A. Strait 1914 – 1989

Hall of Fame Induction: 2010

Significant AALL Service

  • Vice-President and Secretary, Law Librarians of New England, 1961–62
  • President, Law Librarians of New England, 1962–63
  • Chair, Recruitment Committee, 1966–67
  • Chair, Chapters Committee, 1968–69
  • Member, Certification Board, 1974–80

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Elected Life Member of AALL, 1985
  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 1989
  • Minority Scholarship named in George Strait’s honor, 1990
  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class Inductee, 2010

Selected Publications by the Inductee

  • A Bibliography of the Writings of Roscoe Pound 1940–1960. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Law School Library, 1960.
  • A Bibliography of the Writings of the Harvard Law School, Class of 1925 (1925–1959). Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Law School Library, 1960.

Selected Publications about the Inductee

  • Earl C. Borgeson et al., “A Tribute to George Alfred Strait,” Iowa Law Review 70 (1985): 751–68 (1985).
  • Tatana Sahanek, “In Memoriam: George A. Strait 1914–1989,” Law Libary Lights 33 (Jan./Feb. 1990): 11.
  • Kathie Belgum, “In Memoriam: George Strait 1914–1989,” MAALL Newsletter (Mid-America Association of Law Libraries) (Feb. 1990): 4.
  • Francis R. (Bob) Doyle,“You Only Had One Mentor! How Unfortunate for You,” Law Library Journal 91 (1999): 203–04.
  • Catherine Lemann, “The Opportunity of a Lifetime—The George A. Strait Scholarship Enables Students, Fosters Diversity in Profession,” AALL Spectrum 8 (February 2004): 14–17.
  • “George Alfred Strait (1914–1989).” In Carol Avery Nicholson, Ruth Johnson Hill & Vicente Garces, Celebrating Diversity: A Legacy of Minority Leadership in the American Association of Law libraries, 16–19. Buffalo, N.Y.: William S. Hein & Co., 2006.

Professional Positions

  • Librarian, Social Law Library, 1946–49
  • Law Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law, Southern University, 1950–53
  • Librarian, Worcester County (Massachusetts) Law Library, 1953–58
  • Assistant Librarian for Reference, Harvard Law School Library, 1958–67
    Law Librarian and Associate Professor of Law, Northeastern University, 1967–69
  • Associate Librarian Harvard Law School Library, 1969–72
  • Acting Librarian, Harvard Law School Library, 1970–71
  • Law Librarian and Professor of Law, Antioch School of Law, 1972–74
  • Director and Professor of Law, University of Iowa, 1976–85
  • Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Iowa, 1985–89
  • Director and Professor of Law, District of Columbia School of Law, 1988–89

Education

  • Undergraduate work , Howard and Suffolk Universities, prior to World War II
  • LL.B., Suffolk University, 1949

Selected Professional Activities & Achievements (outside AALL)

  • Admitted to the Practice of Law, Massachusetts, 1955
  • Legal Scholarship Plaque, Northeastern University School of Law, 1978
  • Designated as one of its Seventy-Five Outstanding Graduates, Suffolk
  • University Law School, 1980
  • Selectman, Town of Natick, Massachusetts
  • City Councilman, Iowa City, Iowa, 1984–88