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Monday, August 22, 2011

Death of Bernie Wolfman

Wolfman Bernard Wolfman, Fessenden Professor of Law Emeritus at Harvard Law School, died in his sleep on Saturday. From Dean Martha Minow:

[H]is contributions to tax and ethics, and his devoted teaching and mentoring of students and younger colleagues, will long endure as will his distinguished public interest advocacy and service to the profession.

The funeral will take place at Beth Sholom Synagogue, 8231 Old York Rd (Route 611), Elkins Park PA, 1 pm on Monday, burial afterward at Roosevelt Cemetery, 2701 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA.

(Hat Tip: Calvin Johnson.) See Tax Lions in Winter: Bill Andrews and Bernie Wolfman (Jan. 11, 2008).

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He was my tax professor way back in days of yore. He demanded much of his students, but he was a real gentleman, and he made tax interesting.

Posted by: Steve Bradford | Aug 22, 2011 8:53:03 AM

Bernie Wolfman graciously accepted several invitations to speak at the Annual Meetings of the California Tax Bars. He was both erudite and gentlemanly to all, including several panel members with whom he politely disagreed. I noted then and recall now how even in disagreeing, he was able to do so without a hint of criticism or condecension, so that the adversarial viewpoint was either softened or won over without rupture of the social fabric or hint of rancor. It was virtually impossible not to take warmly to the man, whatever one's views. He was amongst our most popular guests and will surely be missed.

Posted by: Al Golbert | Aug 22, 2011 1:46:57 PM

Thank you for honoring my dad's memory with this post and the comments. It is so comforting to hear how loved and respected he was by students and colleagues. If you'd also like a glimpse of him from the personal side, you may want to go to www.bakersdozenpress.blogspot.com.

Posted by: Dina Wolfman Baker | Aug 23, 2011 7:46:39 AM