Paul L. Caron

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Case Western Tax Prof Is Still Teaching At 92 Years Old, Case Western Reserve University Law Professor Still Teaching at 92 Years Old:

GabinetYou know that saying, “when you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life?”

Well, at 92 years old and still teaching four days a week, Professor Leon Gabinet is the true embodiment of that.

“I think at 92, I must be the oldest living professor,” Gabinet said, laughing.

News 5 checked with the American Association of University Professors, and while we're told the data around professor's ages isn't maintained, a spokesperson couldn't immediately think of professor above that age still teaching.

Gabinet teaches federal income tax law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law — a place he has been a fixture since 1968. ...

“You would think going into a federal income tax class that it was going to be really dry and boring,” said law student Jess Ice. “But I laugh every class. I just have a great time. He has forgotten more about tax than I’ll ever learn in my life.”

It’s true — Professor Gabinet, at 92, has much of the tax code memorized by heart. And still, he spends hours before each of his classes every week reviewing materials and getting prepared. ...

For students like Chris Lauer, Gabinet’s class is a “must-do” at Case’s law school. “It’s like your grandfather explaining something to you - I think it resonates differently hearing it from someone who’s had so much experience, who’s seen so many changes in the tax code over his life,” Lauer said. “I’m not that sharp on my better days.”

(Hat Tip: Donald Tobin.)

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