Photo by Bernard Clark
Professor Emeritus Dan Soberman, 1929-2010
(KINGSTON, ON – JULY 19, 2010) -- Flags on the campus of Queen’s University are lowered today in respect for Professor Emeritus Dan Soberman, who passed away on July 17 in Kingston at the age of 80.
Professor Soberman, a beloved colleague and teacher, had been the last survivor of Queen’s Law's original three faculty members, being predeceased by Dr. Alex Corry and Professor Stuart Ryan. Renowned as a pioneer in legal education, he was an expert in constitutional and corporate law and served as the Faculty’s second Dean. During his distinguished academic career which spanned more than 40 years, he co-authored 11 editions of one of the most influential Canadian texts on law and business administration, served as President of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, chaired boards of inquiry into human rights issues, and conducted important studies examining academic freedom. In recognition of his outstanding service to Queen’s Law, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Faculty’s Spring Convocation in 2008.
His survivors include his wife Patricia (MA ’63) and their children David (Sc ’81, MBA ’83), Julia, Law ’89 (Artsci ’85), and Gail (Sc ’87). A service for family and friends to celebrate Dan Soberman’s life will be held at the James Reid Funeral Home, Cataraqui Chapel (1900 John Counter Boulevard), Kingston, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 21, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., with University Chaplain Brian Yealland officiating.
[Watch for a feature news story on the life and work of Professor Emeritus Soberman later this summer.]