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A Lee Strickland wrote to me in Australia in 1999 from the CIA in Washington in response to my FOIA request. He gave me the CIA reference number F-1999-01000 and encouraged continued communication. This was under the second Clinton Administration. Subsequently I imagined his presence in intelligence work in the Pacific in 2002. Of course this cannot be confirmed or denied, but a great man if the two Lee Stricklands are one and the same - which seems probable. He was my hero.

Lee Strickland was my professor when I studied for my MLS at UMD. His class was one of my favorites. I agree with Karen's comment that he could make information that could have been dry and boring into something fascinating. He was a wonderful teacher in that he encouraged discussion and participation in the learning process. Our trip to the CIA was one of the best experiences in my graduate school program. Lee made a difference to me and many others.

Thank you for the lovely comments on behalf of my spouse, Lee Strickland. He was truly one in a million. A very bright human being who spent the greater part of his career imparting his knowledge to others. For Lee, knowledge was power. He reveled in sharing his knowledge with interested parties--some folks were a taken back thinking he was a "know it all" but nothing could be further from the truth. He enjoyed teaching at the University of Maryland and his students are now having their moments of clarity I'm sure. Whatever Lee endeavored he put his whole self into and had courage in his convictions. He was truly one-of-a-kind. Wile library science was not his field of study--he was able to tweak his legal background and make it fit. He provided librarians with concise quidelines of what to do if served with subpeonas and "authority" harrassment and to remain calm and composed and let the people within the library system who get paid to handle such servings (i.e. legal counsel) take charge and remove the librarian from the stress and harassment that might ensue if the "authorities" thougt they had a "pansy" the could frazzle and unnerve easily. He suggested each library have a procedure book so no librarian was left in the dark and made a unreversable mistake. He made it his personal goal to visit ALL regional libraries in the VA, MA and DC area to keep the libraries in the loop and not to fear the Patriot Act. He did this on his own time and own motivation. That's that kind of guy he was. He predicted from the get-go that the NSLs and SECRET FISA court would be abused and he ended up correct. It saddened me that he passed away without seeing the fruits of his labor but I'm sure all the librarians out there have fond memories of the time Lee spent with their library staffs and his responses to their e-mails as their questions were raised.
He was truly invaluable with regard to depth of knowledge, his ability to impart knowledge (that could be boring and stagnant) having you at the edge of your seat listening to interesting, valuable, timely, need-to-know info. I miss him for many different reasons of course but I think he was a very special man and if you were lucky enougn to have had some sought of interaction with LEE in your lifetime you are somehow better for it.
My dream for Lee now is that he is in a better place looking down at us all, guiding us through our daily travails and having himself a good bellylaugh over this NSL/FISA secret court bugg-a-boo. I miss him so. Thnak you for the lovely tribute Mary and Peter. I will stay posted in the hopes other people post their remembrances of Lee - good or bad. Thank you.

Karen Strickland

What a sad shock. I never had the pleasure of personally meeting Lee Strickland, but I have long admired his work. His deep knowledge about intellectual property, national security, freedom of information, and government records laws was unparalled - I can't think of anyone who worked so well in all four areas.

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