Willamette Professor Passes

Willamette University College of Law Professor Robert C. Art passed away unexpectedly January 8, 2004 following a brief illness. He died from Amyloidosis, a rare disease that causes dysfunction of the organs and other tissues. His death comes as a shock to his family and friends.

Willamette Law Dean Symeon Symeonides said, "This is a devastating loss for our Willamette family. Bob Art was a person of admirable qualities who, throughout his life, had only admirers and not even a single critic."

A mainstay of the Willamette law faculty for 24 years, Art was recently nominated for this year's President's Award for Teaching Excellence. He taught Corporate Finance, Securities Regulation, Mergers and Acquisitions and Property at the law school.

Prior to joining the faculty at Willamette in 1981, Art practiced law with DNA-People's Legal Services on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Chinle, Ariz., and at the law firm of Jenner and Block in Chicago. He graduated with an LL.M. from Columbia University and a J.D. from DePaul University where he was editor-in-chief of the DePaul Law Review.

Colleagues and students knew Professor Art as a talented, hard-working, caring and fair teacher. He was also a solid scholar who was active in the Business Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, serving on the Executive Committee and on legislative drafting committees that produced Oregon's current Corporations and Partnership Acts.

Those close to him called Art a reliable and generous friend. "In this world where nobody is irreplaceable, Bob Art came closest to being irreplaceable," said Symeonides.

The College of Law has established the Robert C. Art Memorial Fund, a scholarship in his name. If you would like to honor this great man with a contribution, you can send a check to the Willamette University College of Law / Robert C. Art Memorial Fund, 245 Winter St., S.E., Salem, OR 97301.