Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The fields of contracts and commercial law (as well as ADR) lost an important scholar and a wonderful gentleman Saturday. At the time of his death, Dick Speidel was the Beatrice Kuhn Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University School of Law and a half-time professor at the University of San Diego School of Law. A longtime collaborator of James J. White and Robert Summers, with whose UCC hornbook and treatise I assume all our readers are familiar, Dick served from 1991-1999 as reporter for Revised UCC Article 2 -- an experience he recounted in Revising UCC Article 2: A View from the Trenches, 52 Hastings L.J. 607 (2001). Among his many other books and articles are Studies in Contract Law (7th ed. 2008), which he co-authored with Ian Ayres (and previously with the late Edward J. Murphy), Commercial Transactions: Sales, Leases, and Licenses (2d ed. 2004), which he co-authored with Linda J. Rusch (who served from 1996-1999 as associate reporter for Revised Article 2).
USD Law Dean Kevin Cole posted this brief tribute.
UPDATE: Northwestern posted this obituary that appeared in The Chicago-Sun Times on Sept. 14.
[Keith A. Rowley]