Friday, November 28, 2014
My friend and colleague, Bob Rodes -- who taught at Notre Dame Law School for nearly 60 years and who published in seven different decades -- died on Tuesday morning. During his career, he wrote about church history, courtly love, workman's compensation, maritime law, religious freedom, liberation theology, symbolic logic, legal ethics, . . . . He had been working on (yet) another book, a collection of his articles on church-state relations. Here is a very nice announcement and collection of reflections. For an insightful and warm introduction and overview to Bob's work, check out this piece, written by his colleague and friend, Tom Shaffer, called "The Christian Jurisprudence of Robert E. Rodes, Jr." Here is an excerpt from the announcement mentioned above, by my colleague Judge Kenneth Ripple:
His junior and senior colleagues relate remarkably similar stories about his deep and lasting impact on their lives. U.S. Seventh Circuit Judge and Professor Kenneth F. Ripple provided an apt metaphor in describing Bob’s impact on the Law School: “Every great institution has, as Scripture describes them, ‘living stones’ —individuals who, sometimes at great personal sacrifice, become the foundation of all the accomplishments that come afterward. At Notre Dame Law School, Professor Bob Rodes will always be a supporting part of the foundation of this very special law school. He loved his students; he loved his colleagues; and he loved what he called the ‘legal enterprise’ in which we all work together. He was the voice of the Spirit, always reminding us of our better selves.” . . .