Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian P. Opala was born January 20, 1921 in Lodz, Poland. In 1939, Marian had just enrolled in law school when Nazi Germany invaded his homeland. Opala fought with the Polish Underground until he was taken prisoner during the Warsaw Uprising. After the war, his fluency in English led him to work as a translator with the British Army. In 1947, he immigrated to the United States where he received his U.S. citizenship in 1953. Opala graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in Economics in 1957. In 1968 he received his Master’s in Law from New York University.
Opala was first appointed to the Oklahoma State Supreme Court in Nov. 1978 by Governor David Boren. Oklahoma City University recognized and honored him in 1981 with an Honorary Law Degree. He served the Court until his death on October 11, 2010. Opala was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2002, Freedom of Information Incorporated of Oklahoma established the Marian P. Opala Award.
Interview with Marian Opala
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: October 6, 2010
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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