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Leighton Homer Surbeck was American lawyer. Bar: New York 1929. Recipient Yale medal Yale Alumni, 1975, Distinguished Service award Yale Law School, 1976; Horatio Alger award, 1977; named Centennial Alumnus State of South Dakota, 1989.


Surbeck, Leighton Homer was born on October 8, 1902 in Jasper, Minnesota, United States. Son of James.


Bachelor of Science, South Dakota State School Mines, 1924. Juris Doctor magna cum laude, Yale, 1927. Doctor of Humane Letters, South Dakota School Mines and Technology, 1957.

Doctor of Laws, Central College, 1973. D.Humanitarian Services, Northwestern College, Iowa, 1980. Doctor of Laws, Hope College, 1986.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Judson College, Elgin, Illinois, 1995.


Worked at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP. Admitted to the bar, 1929, New York. Editor, Yale Law Journal, 1925-1927.

Law Clerk to Chief Justice William Howard Taft, United States. Supreme Court, 1927-1928. Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP is a leading international firm with over 250 lawyers in offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Miami and Paris.


  • Bar: New York 1929.


Trustee Pacific School Religion, Berkeley, California, 1962-1980, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, 1979-1991, Central College, Pella, Iowa, 1966-1978, Collegiate Boy's School, New York City, 1975-1978. Chairman Yale Law School Fund, 1971-1975. Served as colonel Army of the United States, 1942-1945.

Chief economic branch Military Intelligence 1944-1945. Member American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, New York County Bar Association, Association of Bar of City of New York, Siwanoy Country Club, University Club (New York City), Menlo Country Club (Woodside, California), Masons, Order of Coif, Sigma Tau., Delta Theta Phi.


Son of and Kathryn (Kilpatrick) Son of. Married Margaret H. Packard, 1976.

James Son Surbeck

Margaret H. Packard