Roy M. Mersky, who served as chairman of the board of the Texas Council for the Humanities in 1982, died at the age of eighty-two on Tuesday, May 6, in Austin. Mersky was holder of the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law and longtime director of the Tarlton Law Library and the Jamail Center for Legal Research at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a decorated World War II veteran and a dedicated defender of civil rights and religious freedom, serving as president of the Austin Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and president-elect of the Human Rights Documentation Exchange in Texas. A memorial page on the UT Austin School of Law website and his obituary in the Austin American-Statesman offer fuller accounts of his long life and many accomplishments. We will miss him.

Photograph courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law.