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In Rememberance: Professor Charles Purcell

Charles R. Purcell


For over a half a century, Charlie was a significant and dedicated member of the law school community. Following law school at Loyola, Charlie joined the law faculty as an instructor, where he continued to teach while he engaged in private practice and then served as an assistant United States attorney. In 1964 he returned to legal education, teaching at Loyola University Chicago until 1966, and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City until 1970, when he returned to Loyola as dean of the School of Law. He served as dean until 1975 and as acting dean in 1983, and again in 1997-1998. After retiring as a full-time professor in 1998, Charlie remained active at the School of Law as a professor emeritus until 2007.

To honor Charlie Purcell's life and legacy, Loyola University Chicago School of Law has established the Charles Purcell Memorial Prize Fund, which will award a student prize in each of the four sections for the highest grade in Torts. The inaugural prizes will be awarded later this year. To contribute to the Charles Purcell Memorial Prize Fund, please send a check made out to Loyola University Chicago with "Purcell Memorial Fund" in the memo line to the School of Law's Office of Advancement, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL 60611. To donate online with a credit card, click here.

A special memorial to honor Charlie's life and contributions to the School of Law will take place on Wednesday, November 3, at 5:00 p.m. Faculty, students, alumni, and friends are invited to send their memories of Charlie to the School of Law for inclusion in a bound book, which will be presented to the family at the memorial. Please send Charles Purcell Letters of Remembrance to Elisabeth Brookover, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago, IL 60611.