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Monday, September 12, 2005

Death of Boris Bittker

BittkerI am sorry to bring you the news of the death last Thursday of Boris Bittker (Yale).  As most readers of this blog know, Professor Bittker was one of the tax giants of the 20th century.  His classic treatises, Federal Taxation of Income, Estates and Gifts (with Lawrence Lokken) and Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders (with James Eustice), are the signal tax scholarship accomplishments of my professional lifetime.  From Yale Dean Harold Hongju Koh's press release:

We have received the sad, sad news that our great friend and colleague, Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus Boris I. Bittker '41, passed away on September 8, 2005. His family is gathering here in New Haven, and funeral arrangements are being finalized. We are planning a memorial service to honor Boris at the Law School this term, and details will be posted here as soon as they are available.

For nearly sixty years, our School had no finer scholar or teacher, or more noble citizen. For some highlights of his remarkable career, see here. Please take a moment today to remember this wonderful man.

(Thanks to Brannon P. Denning (Cumberland) for the tip.)

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