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IN MEMORIAM: PROFESSOR GEORGE ANASTAPLO

IN MEMORIAM:  PROFESSOR GEORGE ANASTAPLO

Professor of Law George Anastaplo passed away on Friday, February 14, of metastatic prostate cancer.  He was 88.  For more than 30 years, he was a vital part of the fabric of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law community, serving as a beloved colleague, a revered teacher, and a world-renowned scholar.  Anastaplo, who was the author of numerous books, articles, op-eds, and hundreds of essays, was perhaps most famous for conducting his own bar admission litigation after he was denied admission to the Illinois Bar. The denial of his admission became a Supreme Court case, In re Anastaplo, in which he insisted that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the privacy of political affiliations; in particular, he refused to answer questions about membership in the Communist Party. Anastaplo's stand was based on Constitutional principles and consequent rejection of McCarthyism. The Supreme Court's majority upheld the lower courts' ruling in favor of the Illinois Bar, although Justice Hugo Black dissented. In the aftermath of the case, he was described as the 'Socrates of Chicago' and was nominated annually for the Nobel Peace Prize between 1980 and 1992. For more than 30 years, he was a vital part of the fabric of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law community, serving as a beloved colleague, a revered teacher, and a world-renowned scholar.   Anastaplo served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War Two as a navigator of B-17s and B-29s. He earned his BA, JD, and PhD from the University of Chicago.  Anastaplo joined Loyola University Chicago in 1981 and taught at the School of Law through last semester.  His distinguished academic career included serving as a lecturer in the University of Chicago’s Basic Program of Liberal Education for Adults and as professor of political science and philosophy at Dominican University. He is survived by his wife Sara, four children, and eight grandchildren.

 

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