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Friday, June 10, 2011

In Memoriam, Steve Gey

I am saddened to report that Prof. Steve Gey, long of FSU, passed away yesterday, following a four-and-a-half-year battle with ALS. Steve was a prolific and leading scholar in Con Law, First Amendment, and federal courts, as well as a fantastic teacher, advocate for civil liberties and, just for good measure, one of the singularly nicest people you ever will meet. (I learned of his passing from Franita Tolson).

This is from FSU Dean Don Weidner:

I am deeply saddened to report that after a long and valiant struggle against ALS, Professor Steve Gey passed away June 9.

As you know, Steve was a magnificent teacher, scholar, mentor, and champion of civil liberties. He profoundly inspired colleagues and students alike. Steve’s contributions to the law school and broader legal community are immeasurable. We all mourn his passing.

Steve’s family asks for privacy during this difficult period. There will be no visitation or funeral services other than for family members at this time. However, we will have a public memorial ceremony at a later date. We will provide details in the coming weeks.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gey Endowment for Civil Liberties. Contributions may be made online at https://one.fsu.edu/community/SSLPage.aspx?pid=815 or sent to FSU College of Law – Gey Endowment for Civil Liberties.

Dan had publicized the annual efforts of Tri-for-Gey, the team of colleagues, friends, and current and former students participating in Tallahassee's Red Hills Triathlon to raise money for ALS research; we also have gotten to read updates from Steve himself about his battle with the disease.

On a personal note, Steve was incredibly good to me during my two-year VAP at Florida State ten years ago. I am forever grateful for the help, guidance, and mentoring he provided me as I was starting out as a teacher and scholar.

He will be missed, not only at FSU, but throughout the legal academy.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on June 10, 2011 at 03:34 PM in Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


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