175 Makers of History: Anthony A. Alaimo

Anthony A. Alaimo 48L
Federal Judge; Reformer

Anthony Alaimo

Anthony A. Alaimo was deprived of his freedom as a prisoner during World War II and later served in the U.S. justice system to preserve freedom for Americans.

The day after Pearl Harbor, Alaimo joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. When his B-26 bomber was shot down over Germany, he was held in Stalag Luft III, but eventually managed to escape and make his way home. He was accepted to Emory School of Law a week before classes started.

In 1971, President Richard Nixon appointed him as a federal district judge, where he presided over cases that helped to reform Georgia's judicial elections system and expose corrupt officials; he also was instrumental in the overhaul of a Georgia prison.