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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Prof. John Copeland Nagle, RIP

My friend and colleague, John Nagle, passed away yesterday morning. Like everyone who knew John, I'm crushed. He was a warm, kind, and decent man; an insightful and thoughtful scholar; a dedicated teacher and mentor; a generous friend; a loving father and husband; a winsome and inspiring Christian. He was the first person who welcomed me, in the summer of 1999, when I moved into my office at Notre Dame Law School, and I cannot imagine the school -- or, really, my own life in the academy -- without him.

If you are not already familiar with his (voluminous!) scholarship -- on topics from moral pollution to the Desert Sands Fruitfly to severance to environmental stewardship -- have a look.  (I used to tease him for having managed to convert his love of the outdoors and our national parks into a research agenda, but -- obviously -- I was just jealous.)  And, if you have a few minutes, read this lovely tribute and remembrance by his (and my) former student, Prof. Derek Muller (Pepperdine).   

UPDATE:  Here is the announcement, with several quotes and remembrances, from Notre Dame Law School.

Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,
et lux perpétua lúceat eis.
Requiéscant in pace. Amen.

Posted by Rick Garnett on May 19, 2019 at 09:05 AM | Permalink


I was a law school classmate of John's, and have been his friend since then. He was gracious, kind, smart, and an all-around good human being. He will be missed. My heart goes out to Lisa and his family.

Posted by: Joseph Slater | May 20, 2019 10:50:19 AM

I was deeply saddened to hear the news earlier today--it is a big loss.

Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | May 19, 2019 11:01:19 PM

So sorry to learn of this, Rick. I respected his work and liked him very much personally, despite having too little time to get to know him properly. It's a true loss.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | May 19, 2019 11:58:41 AM

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