Aug. 12, 2016 – Colleagues, family and friends gathered Thursday to celebrate the life of Ira B. Shepard, who taught tax law at the University of Houston Law Center for 36 years before passing away in March at the age of 78.
The memorial reception in the Hendricks Heritage Room was sponsored by the Law Center and Houston's Wednesday Tax Forum of which he was a long-time member and former president.
Speakers included Law Center Dean Leonard M. Baynes, Professor William Streng and Associate Professor Bret Wells, both tax law colleagues, and Ted Hirtz, representing the Forum.
They praised Shepard's decades-long expertise in the ever-evolving field of tax law and his ability to convey that knowledge to thousands of students. Others shared memories of his warmth, kindness and sense of humor.
The tax law faculty, with the support of Shepard's widow, Rosemary, has established the Ira B. Shepard Memorial Fund to provide financial support to ongoing activities of the school's tax law program. For more information, contact Allison Regan, interim dean for Alumni Relations, at 713-743-2276 or firstname.lastname@example.org.