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Law School Mourns the Loss of Professor Henry Span


On Sunday, January 30th, 2005 former George Mason law professor Henry Span passed away at his home in New Jersey. Professor Span had been in cancer treatment for the past thirty months. The law school community and his friends and family mourn the loss of this remarkable individual.

"Henry learned of the illness that took him from us the very same week he began his appointment here at George Mason. Though he knew of its gravity almost at once, he remained an outstanding colleague and teacher throughout the painful course of treatment. His students praised him for his clarity and thorough mastery of Property and Environmental Law -- subjects that he had never taught before but that his capacious mind allowed him quickly to grasp. To his colleagues, he was a treasure. He came to our many workshops with a tough, skeptical mind, yet he was always civil and often funny. Until last fall when matters took a turn for the worse, he never allowed his health situation to slow him down. He was, in fact, the most feared racquetball player on our faculty.

When he left us last fall to return to his family, Henry was painfully missed, and we miss him still. Our hearts go out to his parents, sister and family. "

Comments from: Dan Polsby, Acting Dean and Foundation Professor of Law

Henry Span was born in 1968, and he was a graduate of Yale Law School where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Law & Policy Review, in addition to being named an Olin Fellow. He also held a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Henry Span served as law clerk to Justice Virginia Long of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Services for Henry Span were conducted on Monday, January 31st in Westfield, New Jersey. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to Wesleyan University, 318 High St., Middletown, Conn. 06459.