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Eileen Searls

Eileen Haughey Searls

Monday, April 27th, 1925 - Sunday, January 6th, 2019
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Eileen Haughey Searls died peacefully in her sleep on January 6, 2019 in Annapolis, MD. Eileen was born on April 27, 1925 in Madison, Wisconsin. Eileen was the daughter of Edward M. Searls and Anna Mary (Haughey) Searls.
She received multiple degrees from the University of Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor degree in 1948, her Juris Doctor in 1950, and her Master of Science in Library Studies, in 1951. After a brief stint at Yale University Law library, she joined the faculty of St. Louis University as an assistant professor and librarian in 1952. She became a full professor in the law school in 1964, the first woman to do so in the SLU Law School, and the first to receive tenure. Eileen worked tirelessly to expand the depth and breadth of the law library at St. Louis University. She mentored many women students in both law and library sciences throughout her long career, retiring in 2000. She was a distinguished member of the American Law Library Association.
Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Robert Searls and James P. Searls. She is survived by her siblings Anne (Searls) Brennan of Annapolis, MD; Edward Searls of Charlottesville, VA; Sheila Searls Amacker of Charlottesville, VA. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law Ellen Searls of Danville, VT and Alison Bills of Las Cruses, NM. Eileen was a powerful force in the family, a guiding light and a giving soul who will be much missed by her many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Louis University School of Law - Vincent C. Immel Law Library.
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    Monday, January 21st, 2019 | 10:30am
    Monday, January 21st, 2019 10:30am
    St. Mary's Catholic Church-Annapolis
    109 Duke of Gloucester St.
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Katherine and Tom Brennan

Posted at 10:04am
In memory of Aunt Eileen Searls- - in gratitude for her friendship and with wonderful memories.
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Sandy Johnson

Posted at 03:45pm
What a remarkable woman she was. Professor Eileen Searls was an academic way ahead of her time, a true pioneer and a visionary. I know that she was a mentor to many of us. I personally owe Professor Eileen Searls a lot.

One of my favorite principles she repeated often was: when one of us at the law school has a success, it benefits us all. She understood both leadership and community in academia. She was especially delighted with the increasing presence of women students and faculty. After all, she was a lone traveler in that regard for many years. She held an annual party for all the women students in her small apartment for many years until the number exceeded the space she had in her living room. She was pleased when the number exceeded the space she had.

Eileen was a totally creative builder of the Law Library. She was able to scrounge for free books from the Library of Congress. She developed what she called “cottage industries” to provide additional revenue streams for the Library. She led the Law School into computer-assisted legal research much earlier than many of the heavy hitters among law schools.

Eileen, we are grateful for everything you did. Godspeed. Sandy

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