The School of Law library will be named for former Gov. Thomas J. Meskill, the Board of Trustees decided last week.
Meskill, who was governor from 1971 to 1975, was a 1956 graduate of the School of Law. He died last fall at the age of 79.
Meskill was mayor of New Britain, his home town, from 1962 to 1964; a U.S. Congressman from the sixth district from 1967 to 1971; and a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1975 to 1993.
He served as the court’s chief judge from 1992 to 1993, and held senior status on the court from 1993 until 2007.
In 1972, the Law School Alumni Association presented him with the Distinguished Graduate Award; and in 1982, the Connecticut Law Review presented him with the Law Review Award.
Mike Nichols, a student trustee and law school student, said he supported the library naming, noting that it celebrates Meskill’s distinguished career.