College of Law Mourns Passing of Professor Victor Stone

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Victor Stone

The College of Law mourns the passing of Victor Stone, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois College of Law and a cherished member of our community for over 50 years. 

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Columbia University School of Law, Vic joined the Illinois faculty in 1955, where he taught federal courts, civil procedure, remedies, and a seminar on the Supreme Court, among other courses.  He served in a number of important leadership capacities during his professional career, including as general counsel and president of the American Association of University Professors, associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of Illinois, a member of the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, a co-founder of the Champaign chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a founding board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Urban League of Champaign County.  Vic received numerous recognitions for his public service, among them the Roger Baldwin Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Elmer Gertz Award from the Illinois State Bar Association, and the James R. Burgess Sr. Humanitarian Award from the Champaign County Board.

Read his obituary in the News-Gazette

Those of us who had the privilege of knowing Vic will remember his keen intelligence, his wise judgment, his dry wit, and his great passion for civil liberties.