In Memoriam: James Strazzella, Esq.

James Strazzella, or Strazz as he was affectionately known to successive generations of Philadelphia law students, juggled so many different interests and passions that it boggled the minds of his large circle of friends and colleagues.  Well known in the legal community for his tireless pro bono work to improve the legal system, Jim found time for numerous civic causes.  A long time supporter of Smith Playground he rescued the wood slide and preserved the playground for today’s groups of inquisitive children.  He was an ardent supporter of the Wagner Free Institute of Science and was a dedicated member of the board of Fireman’s Hall Museum since 1978.  Jim chaired numerous committees at Fireman’s Hall Museum ranging from facilities to governance; and stepped up to be vice president from 2002-2007.  Jim was the longest serving member of the board and while he offered to step down on numerous occasions, his offer was quickly spurned by his grateful colleagues.   Fireman’s Hall Museum honored Jim in November of 2015 with its Founders’ Award, a well – deserved tribute to a director whose loss will be keenly felt.