Nicholas Katzenbach, the former attorney general of the United States and the man who confronted Alabama Governor George Wallace at the schoolhouse door in the effort to admit Black students to the University of Alabama, has died at his home in Skillman, New Jersey. He was 90 years old.
Katzenbach also helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and was active in efforts to pass these landmark bills, as well as defending the legislation before the United States Supreme Court. After leaving government service in 1968, he became senior vice president and general counsel for IBM.
A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, Katzenbach was a friend of JBHE and his writing appeared in our pages.