Friday, June 15, 2007
Michael and I regret to announce the death of our colleague John Gaubatz. John was a long-time member of the UM faculty, a strong teacher in the classic socratic mold, a nationally recognized scholar in the field of trusts and estates, and (as chair of the admissions committee) a pioneer in the use of personal computers in law school administration. John was a vigorous proponent of moot courts as a law school teaching medium, writing an important book in support of his views. The law school’s moot court competition now bears his name — a fitting honor. We will remember John Gaubatz for his character, unquestioned integrity, intellectual honesty, and hard work — and also for the gifts of his friendship and humor. We extend our condolences especially to John’s wife Kathy — like John a distinctive, independent presence, and a person of great accomplishment.
From John's faculty page:
John T. Gaubatz, Professor of Law, graduated in 1964 from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Physics and in 1967 from the University of Chicago Law School. After short stints in private practice and the United States Army, he joined the Case Western Reserve University Law School faculty in 1971. He was associate dean there from 1973 to 1976. Professor Gaubatz joined the Miami faculty in 1977 after a one-year visitorship. Since then he has directed both the graduate program on estate planning and the Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning. His substantive teaching areas include trusts and estates, federal estate and gift taxation, estate planning, and employee benefits law. Before focusing his attention on casebooks, he wrote numerous articles on estates, trusts, taxation, taxation policy, and moot court.