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( September 6, 1997) Leighton Homer Surbeck
Leighton ( Homer) Surbeck passed away Friday, September 5 at the age of 94 at his home in Atherton, CA.
Homer graduated with honors in 1924 in Metallurgical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and first in his class from Yale Law School in 1927.
He was appointed as law secretary to Chief Justice Taft of the US Supreme Court. He later joined a prestigious Wall Street firm. In 1945 he received a War Department Citation for service, as Colonel and Chief Justice of Economic Branch, Military Intelligence Service, War Department.
His distinguished career has earned him several honorary degrees, including one from SDSM& T. Included among his many prestigious awards are the “ Yale Medal,” the highest honor given by the Association of Yale Alumni, the “ Guy March Silver Medal,” given by SDSM& T to honor outstanding achievement of alumni, and the “ Horatio Alger Award” for spectacular rise to success from a humble beginning. Homer was a dear friend of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
After 75 years a confirmed bachelor he met and married Margaret Packard, widow of Gordon Packard. The funeral is Monday, September 8 at 1: 30 p. m. at the Menlow Baptist Church.
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