John E. Murray, Former Pitt Law Dean and Faculty Member, Dies

John E. Murray Jr., a dedicated legal educator and prolific scholar who served Duquesne University as president, chancellor, and law professor and was a former dean and long-time faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Former Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg shared a special bond with Mr. Murray. Not only did both men hold law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, but Mr. Nordenberg was Mr. Murray’s first faculty hire as dean of Pitt Law in 1977. Then in 1985, when Mr. Nordenberg became the Pitt Law dean, Mr. Murray—then dean of Villanova University School of Law—was his first faculty hire. “It would be hard to imagine a better person or a more accomplished professional,” Mr. Nordenberg said of Mr. Murray.

Mr. Murray was Duquesne’s 11th president, serving in that capacity for 13 years before being named chancellor and law professor in 2001. He taught a full course load until his death.

Read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary, “Scholar, Community Leader and Former Duquesne University President who Revitalized the School.”

Read a tribute to Mr. Murray, with sentiments from Pitt Law professors Harry Flechtner and John Burkoff, in The Legal Intelligencer.