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Memoir

Olin L Browder Jr.
Regent's Proceedings 1080

Olin L. Browder, James V. Campbell Professor of Law, will retire from active faculty status as of May 31, 1984, after a dedicated career of teaching and research.

Professor Browder was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1913. He received his A.B. degree from the University of Illinois in 1935, his LL.B. degree from the University of Illinois in 1937, and his S.J.D. degree from The University of Michigan in 1941. He practiced law in Chicago for a year before beginning his career in teaching. His teaching career was interrupted during the war years by work as an attorney for the Tennessee Valley Authority and as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Professor Browder began his teaching career at the University of Alabama in 1939. He moved to the University of Tennessee in 1941. Following his government work, he returned to teaching at the University of Oklahoma in 1946. He has taught at The University of Michigan since 1953. In 1979, he was named the James V. Campbell Professor of Law. Professor Browder is one of the nation's most respected authorities on the law of property. He is the co-author of three widely adopted casebooks, one for use in introductory courses in property; a second for use in advance courses in future interests; and, more recently, a third for use in the basic course in trusts and estates. He also is a co-author of the encyclopedia, American Law of Property, and a frequent contributor to scholarly journals. He has served as chairman of the American Bar Association's Committee on Rules Against Perpetuities and as a consultant to the Michigan Law Revision Commission in drafting the Michigan Powers of Appointment Act. His work brings a broad concern for the major themes of property law together with a craftsman's thorough attention to detail. The distinction of the work reflects the skill with which he has attempted to bring the law of property into a broad, theoretical framework.

During more than three decades as a member of the law faculty, Professor Browder has been one of its most popular and effective teachers. He has brought his students not only the intellectual qualities that have distinguished his scholarly work, but also a gentle humor and an obvious concern for their well-being. As director of graduate students for many years, he offered wise counsel to domestic and foreign students who now serve on law faculties throughout the world.

The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator for his long service to The University of Michigan by naming him James V. Campbell Professor Emeritus of Law.