October 16, 2006

Gordon Baldwin.

I'm sad to report that my colleague Gordon Baldwin has died. The news comes over the email that Gordon, who we knew was ill, "died last night in his sleep in Italy after attending an opera." Gordon was a wonderful colleague, full of wit and kindness. It is hard to believe he will not always be sitting there in the faculty library, reading the newspaper by the window that looks out on the mall and ready to look up when you say "Hi, Gordon" and have another conversation about life, law, everything.

9 comments:

Badger Down Under said...

Wow - this is very sad news. Gordon was a a steadfast supporter of academic freedom and faculty rights. And when I first arrived on campus in 1989, his wife let me drive her Miata.

Badger Down Under said...

Hmm. My comment may have come across as flippant, and was certainly not meant to be. I was a 1st year assistant professor, intimidated by all of the heavy hitters attendng a large party. I had just met Gordon and his wife, and offhandedly said that coming into the house I saw a blue Miata, and loved those cars. Without hesitation, his wife (whose name I cannot remember, unfortunately) said it was hers and asked if I wanted to drive it. Gordon just smiled and said have at it. Here I was, a total newbie, driving around (fast) in the Baldwins' Miata.

Gordon was a gracious and brave man. And I'm not talking about letting me drive the Miata.

John(classic) said...

A gentleman in the best sense of the word.

Sloanasaurus said...

I had Con Law II with Baldwin. He was a great professor - a classic with his pipe. Also a great supporter of the military and ROTC on campus.

He was one of the few conservative leaning law professors, which was a relief at left leaning UW.

ronin1516 said...

I never met Prof Baldwin, but, my condolences to Anne and to the late Prof Baldwin's family.
RIP, Prof Baldwin.
Pax.

DNR Mom said...

He was there for my family of lawyers for 42 years. We mourn.

Elizabeth Mertz said...

The staff and faculty listservs at the UW law school are currently inundated with expressions of sorrow, and many fond stories remembering Gordon. He embodied the best of the UW law community in his modesty, good humor, and sharp-witted intelligence... and in his strong devotion to the community itself. His fans and friends come from all age groups and parts of the political spectrum. He'll be sorely missed.

Stu said...

I also had Con Law II and the First Amendment with Professor Baldwin. He always enjoyed sharing his experiences and talking about the practical application of the law and the human "element" that is the Supreme Court. Professor Baldwin was a true well-rounded gentleman. I mourn along with my former classmates and professors at UW Law School.

Alan Korpady said...

Greetings. Gordon Baldwin's passing leaves us all a little poorer - despite the richness he lent to this life, to all of us. I took Con Law I and II and International Law with Professor Baldwin. Even more importantly, I practiced with Gordon for almost 10 years. There are few, if any, experiences that will measure up. Thank you all for remembering Gordon, best wishes to his family.