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

Friday, April 24, 2020

Passing of Dave Cornfeld

Cornfeld  DaveIt is with profound sadness that I report the passing of Dave Cornfeld at the age of 98 on April 22, 2020.

Dave was a member of what is now the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP for 71 years. As his obituary explains:

[H]e made a national reputation as an expert in tax law. Among his many positions and honors, Mr. Cornfeld was a life member of the American Law Institute, a founding member and regent of the American College of Tax Counsel, and vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation. He taught in the graduate tax program at Washington University’s law school and at the University of Miami’s Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning.

For more details of the life of this amazing attorney, see Judith Newmark, Dave L. Cornfeld, 98, acclaimed attorney, expert in tax law, STL Jewish Light (Apr. 23, 2020).


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Dave taught the fiduciary income taxation course in the LL.M. program at Wash. U. in St. Louis back when I was just starting out. Excellent course, fascinating intellect, great guy. I was just thinking about him the other day. Sorry to see him go.

Posted by: Russ Willis | Apr 24, 2020 12:35:03 PM

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