Information Update - Spring 2000
To celebrate the career of Congressman Joseph M., McDade and the arrival of his congressional papers collection, the Weinberg Memorial Library has created a Joseph M. McDade Room on the third floor of the Library. The room, which will continue to serve its primary purpose as a double study room, will he dedicated along with the congressional collection on 12 April 2000; it has been decorated with photographs and other mementos commemorating Congressman McDade's career.
Joseph M. McDade was born in Scranton on 29 September 1931. He attended St. Paul's School and Scranton Preparatory School and was graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame in 1953 with a B.A. in political science. He received his LLB from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956. He is married to the former Sarah Scripture and has five children.
After serving as city solicitor of Scranton in 1962, Mr. McDade began his tenure in Congress in 196.3 and served continuously until his retirement in 1998. He retired as the ranking Republican in length of service in the House. The congressman served as Vice Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, and also as Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, as Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on National Security. and as a member of the Subcommittee on the Interior.
Mr. McDade received an honorary degree from he University in 1969 and was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1977 until 1963. He was instrumental in University initiatives including the McDade Center for Technology Transfer, the Electronic Commerce Resource Center, and the institute of Molecular Biology and Medicine. The McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts at the University is named in his honor.
The Joseph M. McDade Congressional Collection is approximately 100 cubic feet and is being stored, appraised, arranged and described in a newly renovated room in Weinberg Memorial Library. The collection is being processed he Greg Maigur, a graduate student in history who is serving as project archivist for two years.
Dedication of McDade Congressional Collection And Study Room Set