Law School mourns passing of Sir Zelman CowenDecember 9, 2011
Melbourne Law School is mourning the passing of one of its greatest supporters, the Rt Hon. Sir Zelman Cowen AK GCMG GCVO QC (LLB 1940, LLM 1941).
"Sir Zelman served as Dean of Melbourne Law School for 16 years, and his influence on the direction of the School was remarkable," says Dean of Melbourne Law School, Professor Carolyn Evans.
"He worked tirelessly to enhance the School’s international standing, particularly building and fostering relationships with institutions in the United States," she said.
"The Law School will no doubt continue to reap the rewards of his commitment and dedication for many years to come, and we are all grateful for his contribution."
At the age of 31, Sir Zelman became Professor of Public Law and Dean of the Law School, a position he held from 1951 to 1963, and again from 1964 to 1966.
A gifted scholar who won the Supreme Court Prize in 1940, a captivating lecturer, and a leader of great vision, Sir Zelman left rich legacies, including the forging of international links in postgraduate study and staff exchange.
Sir Zelman retained a lifelong interest in the School despite recognition of his many talents drawing him in other directions in later years.
"Sir Zelman’s wisdom and counsel to the Law School will be sorely missed. I extend my deepest sympathies to the Cowen family," added Professor Evans.
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