UH Law Center pays tribute to life and legacy of Dean Emeritus Raymond T. Nimmer

Dean Leonard M. Baynes discusses how he and Dean Emeritus and professor Raymond T. Nimmer shared a passion for the University of Houston Law Center during a memorial in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

May 15, 2018 - University of Houston Law Center Dean Emeritus and professor Raymond T. Nimmer was remembered for his scholarly excellence, his sense of style and for his love of baseball during a celebration of his life and career accomplishments this month in the Hendricks Heritage Room.

The reception was attended by alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the Law Center, while his large collection of articles and books were on display. A previous memorial for Nimmer was held on Feb. 15 at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons funeral home.

"We still grieve his loss, but we are glad to celebrate Dean Nimmer's memory and his contributions to the Law Center and society and generally," Dean Leonard M. Baynes said in his welcoming remarks. "Ray was a scholar, he was a great teacher, and he gave a great deal of service to the institution."

The following speaker was Jeff Dodd '79, a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth. Dodd and Nimmer collaborated on multiple books together.

"Ray and I were friends for over 40 years," Dodd said. "I know how much he really loved this place. He lived for teaching. He loved being dean, he loved the staff and he loved the students."

Members of the University of Houston Law Center community reminisce on the life and work of Dean Emeritus and professor Raymond T. Nimmer.

Members of the University of Houston Law Center community reminisce on the life and work of Dean Emeritus and professor Raymond T. Nimmer.

The third speaker was Zach Scott, a 3L student at the Law Center who also worked for Nimmer as a research assistant.

"I was lucky enough to have Nimmer for my first class," Scott said. "I went on to take every class he offered. What was special about Ray was he would sit down, talk to you and always encourage to do what's best for you. He always encouraged you to be yourself no matter what. I hope a lot of people carry that with them. He was an example that you don't have to be a cookie cutter lawyer, to be to be successful."

Following Scott, attendees told stories and recalled their fondest memories of Nimmer.

Nimmer passed away on Jan. 24. A recognized authority on commercial law, information law, and intellectual property law, Nimmer was the Leonard H. Childs Professor of Law. In his time at the Law Center, he served as associate dean from 1978-1985, as interim dean from 1993-1995, and as dean from 2006-2013.  He also served as co-director of the Law Center's Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute. Nimmer, who earned a B.A. and J.D. from Valparaiso University in Indiana, joined the UH law faculty in 1975.

The Law Center has created the Raymond T. Nimmer Memorial Scholarship Fund to celebrate the life and legacy of Dean Nimmer at the Law Center. The Raymond Nimmer scholarship will be awarded to a 1L student whose cumulative GPA ranks him/her in the top 10 percent of the class after completing the fall and spring semesters. Preference may be given to a student (1) who received a superior grade in Contracts; or (2) has a background in mathematics; or (3) expressed interest in IP Law. This scholarship will be used to assist in retaining competitive first-year students. The scholarship recipient may also receive additional funds from the Law Center.

If you would like to donate, you can give online at https://giving.uh.edu/law/ by selecting the "Raymond Nimmer Memorial Scholarship Fund" in the drop down menu. Memorial contributions may be also made out to the UH Law Foundation. Please reference the Raymond T. Nimmer Memorial Scholarship Fund and send your gift to the Office of Law Alumni Relations, The University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204-6060, 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204-6060.

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