DRINAN, Robert Frederick, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Boston, Mass., November
15, 1920; attended the public schools of Hyde Park, Mass.; A.B., M.A., Boston
College, 1942; entered the Jesuit Order, 1942, and was ordained a Catholic
priest, 1953; LL.B., LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.,
1950; admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1956; dean, Boston College Law
School, 1956-1970; professor of family law and church-state relations; visiting
professor, University of Texas Law School, 1966-1967; professor, Georgetown
University Law Center, 1981- 2007; vice president, Massachusetts Bar
Association, 1961-1964; author and editor; lecturer on church-state relations,
Andover Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Mass., 1966, 1968; chairman,
Advisory Committee for Massachusetts to United States Commission on Civil
Rights, 1962-1971; member, Governors commission to study conflict of
interests, 1962; Griswold commission to study judicial salaries, 1962; member,
Massachusetts Attorney Generals Committee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties;
delegate to Massachusetts State Democratic convention, 1972; delegate to
Democratic National Convention, 1972; elected as a Democrat to the
Ninety-second and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1971-January 3,
1981); was not a candidate for reelection in 1980 to the Ninety-seventh
Congress; died on January 28, 2007, in Washington, D.C.
BibliographySchroth, Raymond A.
Bob Drinan: The Controversial Life of the First Catholic Priest Elected
to Congress. New York: Fordham University Press, 2011.