Harry Middleton, former director of the LBJ Presidential Library, former speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson, teacher, and author, died January 20, 2017, in Austin, Texas. He was 95 years old.

Often referred to as “The Dean of Library Directors”, Mr. Middleton was an exemplar of public service who not only recognized his calling, but also embraced his role as a mentor and teacher of new generations of young, aspiring public servants, having conceived and presided over many symposia focusing on current and prospective policy issues facing the country. The inaugural director of the LBJ Presidential Library, Mr. Middleton was the original proponent of a formal collaboration between the LBJ School and the LBJ Presidential Library who envisioned a partnership that today continues to promote the development of innovative research and public education initiatives.

Please visit the LBJ Library website for more on his life and legacy, and information regarding tribute memorials: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/press/remembering-harry-middleton