August 05, 2005
Requiescat in pace: John Cibinic, Jr.
One of the giants of government contract law, George Washington Professor Emeritus John Cibinic, Jr., died this week. Cibinic, who went to night law school at GW and later taught at the school for more than 30 years, was one of the founders of modern procurement law.
Cibinic joined the GW faculty in 1963, after stints working for the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and then American Machine & Foundry. In 1964 he published Cost Determination, the first book ever written on what would become the important field of government cost accounting. With his long-time colleague Ralph Nash, he published the first great government contracts casebook, Federal Procurement Law, and he wrote or co-wrote several other books, including Formation of Government Contracts, Administration of Government Contracts, and Competitive Negotiation. He was co-editor of the popular and authoritative Nash & Cibinic Report. Although he continued to teach, he retired from GW in 1993. In 2002 he and Nash were both honored with University Distinguished Alumnus Awards. (Photo: Cibinic, left, with GW Dean Michael Young, and Nash).
Cibinic is survived by his wife, Jean, children Jean, Amy, Jennifer, and John, and several grandchildren. The family is creating a memorial fund in his honor at GW. Contributions can be sent to
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