Former UT Law Dean Richard Wirtz Dies at 78

Richard Wirtz, University of Tennessee professor emeritus and former College of Law dean, died Jan. 3 in Knoxville. Prior to teaching the law, Wirtz worked with the Peace Corps, clerked for Judge Robert A. Ainsworth Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law in Seattle. He joined the College of Law in 1974 and served as dean from 1991 to 1998, during which time he helped establish both the Center for Advocacy and the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law, and oversaw the renovation of the College of Law. Following his term as dean, Wirtz was a Fulbright Scholar. He retired in 2004. A celebration of Wirtz’s life will be held with friends and family on Feb. 16. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Compassion & Choices, the Tennessee Justice Center or Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

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