About James A. Strazzella '57
Induction Class of 2019
James A. Strazzella lived a life that can be described, among other things, as involved, impactful and accomplished. During his time as a Delone Catholic student, he played basketball, participated in student government, glee club, drama and forensics and was part of the Delonews staff.
Following graduation from Villanova University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Mr. Strazzella embarked on a long career in the legal and education professions. He began as a law clerk for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, and later became an assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. He was on the law faculty and served as the vice dean at the University of Pennsylvania Law School before joining the faculty at Temple University, where he served until his passing in 2017. At one point, he was the acting dean at Temple's law school. Mr. Strazzella was involved with numerous state and national commissions and committees, including serving as the chief counsel to the Presidential Commission's investigation into the Kent State shootings. He was also the chair of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules committee under five Chief Justices.
Mr. Strazzella's work was not limited to professional endeavors, but included philanthropic efforts as well. He was the chair of the board for Smith Memorial Playground, helping to raise $10 million for the revitalization of the iconic Philadelphia playground, and he received the Founder's Award from the Fireman's Hall Museum in Philadelphia, in addition to numerous teaching awards.
Delone Catholic was also a beneficiary of his efforts. Mr. Strazzella helped with the creation of the Jesse Crabbs and Thomas F. Klunk Awards, which are presented to outstanding graduating senior members of the Delone Catholic debate and speech teams.