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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, January 31, 2011

Prof. Charles Galvin Dies

It is with a heavy heart that I report that Prof. Charles "Charley" Galvin died on January 27, 2011.

I had the good fortune to know Charley for many years and to work with him on the Texas Will Manual Service.  He was an outstanding lawyer and wonderful person.  He will be missed.

Below is an excerpt from his obituary.

Born in Wilmington, NC on September 29, 1919, his family moved to Dallas in 1921. Charley graduated from Highland Park High School, received his B.S. in Commerce from Southern Methodist University, an MBA and Juris Doctor from Northwestern University, Doctor of the Science of Law from Harvard, and honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from Capital University and SMU.

From 1947 to 1952, Charles practiced law with the Dallas firm of Leachman, Matthews, and Gardere.

He was professor of law at SMU from 1952-1983 and Dean of the Law School from 1963-1978.

Dr. Galvin was also the Centennial Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University from 1983-1990, and thereafter Centennial Professor Emeritus. He also served as Executive in Residence, Vanderbilt, 1990-1994.

Dr. Galvin has taught at the law schools of Michigan, Harvard, Duke, Pepperdine, Kansas, Texas as well as the Business Schools of Northwestern University and SMU.

He was a Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, SMU Law School and most recently was of counsel to the Dallas law firm, Haynes and Boone, LLP.

Dr. Galvin['s] honors include: * * * the Equal Justice Award of Legal services of North Texas; the John Rogers award from the Southwestern Legal Foundation; and the Outstanding Tax Lawyer of the Year 2010 Award from the State Bar of Texas. Also, in 2004, Dr. Galvin was one of five lawyers honored by the Texas Bar Foundation for 50 years of practice.


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