Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Death Of Regis Campfield (SMU)

CampfieldDallas Morning News:

Regis William Campfield, a man of faith and family, was born on January 8, 1942, in Pittsburgh, PA, and died on October 27, 2017, in Dallas, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Mary Tarpley Campfield, and their two daughters and sons-in-law: Allison and Mike Taten; Claire and John Storino; six adoring and adored grandchildren: Matthew, Laura and Jane Taten; Mary, Anne Elise, and Catherine Storino; brother-in-law Charles Tarpley and his wife, Mary Ellen. Regis was the much beloved only child of Regis P. and Katherine A. Campfield of Rillton, PA.

Of the 93 graduates of his high school class, he was one of three to go to college. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. His Notre Dame experience was foundational for his life. While at University of Virginia School of Law, he met and in 1966 married the love of his life, Mary Tarpley, a U.Va. Ph.D candidate from Dallas.

As a young lawyer in Cleveland, he found the invitation in 1970 to teach at Notre Dame Law School irresistible. In 1977, he joined the SMU Law School faculty, where for the next 32 years he happily taught Wills and Trusts, Estate Planning, and Estate and Gift Taxation, retiring in 2009 as Professor Emeritus and Marilyn Jeanne Johnson Distinguished Law Faculty Fellow. In what might be considered somewhat dry subjects, Regis injected much humor into his classes. Upon meeting him decades later, former students would recite some of his memorable quips verbatim. Many of his former Notre Dame and SMU students became lifelong friends.

As Founder and Chair of the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, Regis continued for 35 years to direct and grow the program into one of the largest and preeminent tax institutes in the country, attracting as many as 1,000 attendees to hear the nation's best tax and estate planning experts. An expert in his own right, Regis was the author of many books and articles including Taxation of Estate, Gifts and Trusts (now in its 23rd edition), Fiduciary Tax Guide, and Taxation of Income. ...

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Regis and Mary Campfield ACE Endowment for Excellence, Notre Dame Development, 1251 N. Eddy St., Suite 300, South Bend, Indiana 46617 or to a charity of your choice. The ACE Endowment supports excellence in teaching for underserved Catholic schools.

In June 2010, I blogged the SMU Law Review's tribute to Regis Campfield upon his retirement after 32 years on the faculty, 63 SMU L. Rev. 3-14 (2010):

(Hat Tip: Hank Lischer.)

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