We note with great sadness, the passing of our friend, a great civil libertarian and a long-time leader of the Champaign County ACLU Chapter, Hiram Paley.  Hiram was the former mayor of Urbana and a revered professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  Responding to news of Hiram’s passing, ACLU of Illinois executive director Colleen Connell said,

“Hiram was an intellectually fierce civil libertarian, with a gentle heart, a warm soul, and unrelenting opposition to unfairness and censorship in every form.   Ever the teacher, every conversation with Hiram presented a special opportunity to learn from his experience and expertise.  We will miss him a great deal.”