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Robert Frederick DRINAN

(1920-2007)

DRINAN, Robert Frederick, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November 15, 1920; attended the public schools of Hyde Park, Mass.; A.B., M.A., Boston College, 1942; entered the Jesuit Order, 1942, and was ordained a Catholic priest, 1953; LL.B., LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 1950; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1956; dean, Boston College Law School, 1956-1970; professor of family law and church-state relations; visiting professor, University of Texas Law School, 1966-1967; professor, Georgetown University Law Center, 1981- 2007; vice president, Massachusetts Bar Association, 1961-1964; author and editor; lecturer on church-state relations, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Mass., 1966, 1968; chairman, Advisory Committee for Massachusetts to United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1962-1971; member, Governor’s commission to study conflict of interests, 1962; Griswold commission to study judicial salaries, 1962; member, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties; delegate to Massachusetts State Democratic convention, 1972; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3, 1981); was not a candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh Congress; died on January 28, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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