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Gary A. Munneke Esq.

December 29, 1947 - November 22, 2012
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GARY A. MUNNEKE, ESQ. NOTED LEGAL SCHOLAR, AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR (North East, Maryland)—Noted law professor, author, and American Bar Association leader, Gary A. Munneke, Esq., 64, passed away suddenly on Thanksgiving morning. Gary and his wife, Sharon Walla, spent their time between homes in North East, Maryland and Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania. He enjoyed teaching Professional ResponsibilityContinue Reading

SUL ROSS (SR) THORWARD left a message on December 1, 2014:
Jen Gero, Pace Law Class of 2002 left a message on March 18, 2013:
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Munneke. He was a unique combination of professionalism, intellect and good humor. I loved his stories about "earl and gas law" which until then I had never realized existed. He was patient, kind and complimentary and he will be sorely missed. My sympathies to his friends and family.
Anthony L. Bastone II left a message on March 13, 2013:
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Rachel Tzapp left a message on March 11, 2013:
It is difficult to find the words to express my gratitude for all of the lessons that Professor Munneke taught me as both a law professor and as a mentor. He saw his students as more than a mass of bodies, and instead dug deeper to uncover what truly made us share his passion for life and for justice. I will be forever grateful for his patience, guidance, and support throughout my academic career. It is impossible to not be deeply affected by his passing so I cannot even begin to imagine how his family must feel. Nevertheless, my prayers and support go out to all of Gary's loved ones with the hope that they know how much he meant to so many of us. My sincerest condolences, Rachel Tzapp Pace Law School, Class of 2012
Carolyn Thornlow left a message on February 27, 2013:
I just learned about Gary's passing and am still reeling. Gary was so passionate about law practice management, always coming up with new projects and book ideas and articles. He was so engaged and creative. He got me involved in the LPM section at ABA and tapped me on the shoulder to be editor of a major LPM publication; he wrote the forward to my book. We tried to stay in touch over the years, saying hello every so often, always intending to create some new exciting project. I am so sad that I never got to work with him on the next great idea. The community has lost a truly bright light.
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Carol Schlein left a message on January 17, 2013:
I just found out about Gary’s passing. Gary was one of the first people I met when I transitioned from practicing law to doing legal technology consulting. He was a mentor and friend and always there with advice and support. He was generous and kind and a role model to many of us. After working with him on the NYSBA LOEM Committee, he encouraged me to become active in the ABA Law Practice Management Section. He will be sorely missed. My sympathy to Sharon and his family- he spoke about you often with love.
Debbie left a message on January 16, 2013:
Sharon & Family, May God's blessings comfort you at this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace and love to all of you.
Hon. Elizabeth S Stong left a message on December 17, 2012:
I was lucky to get to know Gary as a fellow member of the New York delegation to the ABA House of Delegates for many years. Gary was a gift to his colleagues, his students, and his friends. He brought intelligence, judgment, passion, and kindness to all of his work, and no matter how pressing the business of the moment, he always found time to keep in touch with a friend. He cherished his opportunity to serve in the leadership of the ABA, and did so without ego or agenda. His untimely passing is a great loss to all who knew him, the bar, and the legal profession - he will be sorely missed.
Deb Markwood left a message on December 8, 2012:
I consider myself very fortunate to have had the chance to know Gary. While the times that I had the pleasure of being in his company were few, he always made me feel like I had known him for a very long time. He was a kind and generous man. He will be missed.
Michael Palitz left a message on December 5, 2012:
I am deeply sorry to learn of Professor Munneke's passing. His passion for the law and his students served as a true inspiration for all. Professor Munneke had a way of invoking humor into any scenario and kept his class engaged regardless of the topic. His loss will be felt in the legal profession, and I hope that we can continue to strive for the ideals that Professor Munneke worked for throughout his career. With deepest sympathies, Michael Palitz Pace Law 2010
Ira Pilchen left a message on December 4, 2012:
Sharon, I just learned of the sad news and share the thoughts of those who posted already. I enjoyed getting to know you and Gary at ABA Board meetings and will miss his jovial kindness and caring, thoughtful insights. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Take care, Ira Pilchen
Diana Moro left a message on December 3, 2012:
Devastated to hear this news. I have so many wonderful memories of Gary and Gary and Sharon together during my time with him on the Standing Committee for Publishing Oversight and LPM. The wonderful trips and dinners -- laughter that would send us into tears. Gary was a scholar, a gentleman and a wonderful friend. A bright light has been extinguished. Sharon please know that Dave and I are so sorry for your loss. You and the entire family will be in our prayers. May he rest in peace.
Richard Granat left a message on December 3, 2012:
I was shocked to learn of Gary's sudden passing. When I first started teaching Law Practice Management, Gary became my mentor and support system He was also generous with his time and went out of his way to support the work that I was doing. Gary was to person primarily responsible for getting me involved in the ABA's Law Practice Management Section and was a strong advocate of our work through the eLawyering Task Force. I will really miss his wisdom, guidance, and good fellow ship. My condolences to his family for this tragic loss.
Ramona Walewangko left a message on November 30, 2012:
I'm still shocked by the sudden passing of Prof. Munneke. He played a major role throughout my life at Pace Law School. I will never forget his smile and his kindness. Despite his hectic schedule, Prof. Munneke always set aside time for his students to discuss matters even outside of class materials, including extracurricular activities and personal matters. I had the privilege to get to know him better from our involvement in PILSO's Community Outreach and ProBono Program (COPP). He always had something nice and insightful to say. He always managed to make me feel better in times of adversity and always ready to lend a helping hand. Even after I graduated, he never failed to respond to my emails; and not just a simple reply, but a thoughtful one. I'm so deeply sadden. He truly touched my life. May he rest in peace in the best place. I will always remember you.
John Lutz left a message on November 29, 2012:
I was shocked to hear from my sister of Gary's passing. He was my best friend in junior high and high school. What an influence he was on my growing up, as well as his parents. He lived across the street from me, we were in scouts and school and school extracurricular activities together. He was quite a leader and spurred me on mostly to do good things in life. He is a big part of my memories of those years. He became an eagle scout, so I became and eagle scout. He made good grades, so I worked at getting good grades. He and Jimmy Tang, Steve Hoot, Alan Clardy, and others all were pretty good kids growing up and a lot of that was from Gary's influence. I was from a highly dysfunctionl family and it was a wonderful experience to go have an evening meal with Gary and his parents and Marla. Their family let me see what a functional family could look like. It is so wonderful to see from the comments here from all of his friends what his life became and the influence he continued to have on others. In my mind he will always be alive. I know there is another great person missing from the earth today, but he will go on to live in heaven waiting for his loved ones to come and be with him. My condolences to his family and many blessings to you in the remainder of you lives.
Nannette Lutz Borland left a message on November 29, 2012:
My memories of Gary date back to our high school years at Milby HS in Houston, TX. Gary was my big brother John's best friend. I remember Gary always showed up at our house at dinner time and broke bread with us frequently, even after he had already eaten at his house. He and John were Eagle scouts together. Gary played on the Milby basketball team and my brother was the trainer. Gary, John, about three other friends and I formed a folk singing group, "The Brothers and the Sisters." We had a few performances, but as is common with other groups, split up and found other interests to occupy our minds. We were children of the 60's. We lost touch with Gary during college years and reconnected a few years ago on Facebook. In reading memories shared by friends and colleagues, it is a pleasure to see the successful and caring man that he became. Deepest sympathies to his family on your loss and prayers for God's comfort and healing in the days to come.
Carroll Stevens left a message on November 28, 2012:
How heartwarming to read the many tributes from former students. In a way we're all in that category, as Gary generously shared his knowledge, ideas and enthusiasm with everyone he encountered. Larger than life he was, and ever shall be. His impact and reputation will live on in the annals of American legal education for a very long time to come. We are truly blessed to have had a colleague such as this.
Linda (Hahs) Flaharty left a message on November 28, 2012:
It was my pleasure to have worked with Gary while we both worked at Delaware Law School where on one occasion I assisted him as a secretary in one of his earlier books. He always had a cheer to greet and a smile to make the day better. Heaven is the brighter because of his life here with us. I pray that you and yours will find comfort in remembering that he's only gone from this location and not gone forever.
Barton Legum left a message on November 28, 2012:
The past and future Chairs of the Section of International Law of the American Bar Association join me in expressing our sadness at Gary's passing. He was such a warm, inclusive, thoughtful man -- never afraid to fight for what was important, but also one with the gift to see all sides of a dispute and bring the threads together. I saw him at the last Board meeting, and he was so full of life and good humor that his leaving us is truly a shock. We will miss him very much. Bart Legum, Chair, ABA Section of International Law (Writing also for past Section Chairs Josh Markus, Deborah Enix-Ross, Salli Swarz and Mike Burke, and future Chairs Gabrielle Buckley and Marcelo Bombau.)
Harold Burstyn left a message on November 28, 2012:
Joan joins me in sending our heartfelt condolences to Sharon and the rest of Gary's family. Gary and I met through the Law Practice Managment (LPM) section of the American Bar Association, not long after I became a lawyer in 1988. When Gary became chair of the New York State Bar Association's LPM Committee, he revolutionized the group, greatly expanding its activity. His infectious humor and brilliant invention will be sorely missed.
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Joseph Remy left a message on November 28, 2012:
Professor Gary Munneke was my law school professor for professional responsibility and for a directed study project in 2006/2007. From the moment you met Gary, you knew that he was more than a teacher and scholar, he was also a friend and touched everyone whom he met. You'll be missed Gary but you'll always be alive in my heart and in the many people that I encounter and advise.
Laurence M. Katz left a message on November 27, 2012:
Gary taught at the U. of Baltimore School of Law during my tenure as Dean of the school. He was an excellent teacher and popular with the students. He added to the strength of the school. He was also a fine fellow and colleague. May his family be comforted at this time of sorrow. Larry Katz
Barry Seidel left a message on November 27, 2012:
Gary was very helpful to me when he was Placement Dean at UT Law School in 1980. We re-connected many years later in New York. It was an honor when he asked me to present at a NYSBA program on starting a solo practice. He was passionate about the legal profession and how lawyers could practice more effectively. I will miss him greatly. My condolences to his family.
Terri Booker, Esq left a message on November 27, 2012:
In law school you don't get many professors who could actually make the law interesting and fun, and prof Munneke did both. He didnt make things impossible to do, he didnt make you feel like you didn't know anything even when you said something that was so totally and obviously wrong. He helped to rebuild my confidence after law school broke me down so badly. I remember sitting in his office and him telling me about how he saw a spark in me and passion for justice from the moment we first met. By the time law school was about done he told me I had lost some of that spark and he constantly tried to help me build it back up during my 3rd year. I literally just emailed him but we never got a chance to actually speak on the phone, which I thought I had plenty of time to do. I promise to be the lawyer that prof Munneke saw in me from the first day we met. I wanna help change the way the legal profession operates, which prof Munneke and I always talked about and he had great ideas. I hope us lawyer folk get the hint. I love you prof Munneke! I will miss you dearly!
Jack Sahl left a message on November 27, 2012:
I was so surprised and saddened today to learn of Gary's passing. I saw him just this year at an ABA meeting and we shared some humor and memories. I met Gary in 1980 when I was invoked in carter counseling as an assistant dean at the University of Bridgeport. Gary was always kind and very supportive of my efforts in the academy and elsewhere. He had an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. I shall always remember for his kind and nurturing spirit. My life was richer for having known him. With regret and condenses, Jack Sahl Professor & Faculty Director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility
Angela Higgins left a message on November 27, 2012:
Professor Munneke was my Torts professor in my first year at law school at White Plains. I will always remember him as one of the best professors I have had. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dixie Lee Peterson left a message on November 27, 2012:
Gary was a wonderful mentor to me and I treasure the time spent with Gary and Sharon in New Hampshire. He was a generous and kind person and will be sorely missed.
Bruce I. Kogan left a message on November 27, 2012:
I met Gary and Sharon while teaching at Widener Law School in Wilmington. Gary was just such a big presence in person. His personality and optimism filled the room. Jaime and I know how devoted he and Sharon were to each other. Our thoughts and memories are with you, Sharon, at this difficult time. Bruce and Jaime Kogan
Dan McMahon left a message on November 27, 2012:
I had the pleasure of working with Gary as a staff member of the NYSBA. He was a prolific author, member of the NYSBA Journal Board of Editors and was always available for advice. Gary was someone you would like to get together with - even if you did not have to professionally -which we did. On several occasions he mentioned how happy his family made him. We already miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dan McMahon and staff
Linda left a message on November 26, 2012:
Sharon, So sorry to hear about Gary he will be missed, I will keep you in my prayers. My gods angels comfort you in the days to come. With Deepest Sympathy, Linda at the Unwined.
Cie Armstead left a message on November 26, 2012:
My prayers and sympathy are extended to Gary's family. I had the joy of working closely with Gary, as he led the collaborative group that developed the ABA's diversity plan. He was always good-spirited, positive and a hard/smart worker. I will truly miss him, but I thank God for allowing our paths to cross. Cie Armstead, Director, ABA Diversity Center
William Hubbard left a message on November 26, 2012:
What a loss for all who love the law. Gary was a giant in our preofession who always tempered serious work with good humor and a del;ightful twinkle of the eye. We will sorely miss him. William Hubbard
Whitney Foard left a message on November 26, 2012:
Dear Ms. Sharon, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Mr. Gary was a very nice man. We always had a great time when we came to visit you both over the summer to eat crabs. I will keep you and your family in my prayers! Stay strong. Sincerely, Whitney
Peter A. Giuliani left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary Munneke cared deeply about excellence in all aspects of the law, but particularly in the way lawyers actually practice law and deliver services. He was a brialliant innovator and thoughtful critic of anything he asked me to write for the NYSBA Committee on Law Practice Management. More than that, though, Gary was my dear friend and fellow "foodie". We had many chances to talk at liesure about both professional and personal stuff over many a great glass of red wine. I will miss my dear colleague and brother "foodie". He was a friend who made an enourmous and incalculably valuabe impact on my career as a management consultant. He opened doors for me. Gave me opportunities and deeply cared about what was going on with me. To his family, I would like to say "Thank you for sharing the peripatetic professor with us for these many years. We are all deeply sorry to hear of your loss, which we also share with you. Gary's life work will live on through his writings, lectures and those lives, like mine, that he touched in so many important ways. God bless Gary and gOd bless you." Peter
Kate Madigan left a message on November 26, 2012:
Dear Sharon and family -- am stunned and saddened by Gary's untimely death. I always thought of him as being "larger than life". He adored all of you so much. Am so grateful to have had him in my life, both personally and professionally. Here in my office I have a photo of Gary and the NYSBA leadership (Vince Doyle, Seymour James, Bernice Leber, Steve Younger and moi) from the ABA meeting in Toronto in August, 2011. I sent Gary that photo as well as the amazing family photos (Gary surrounded by his bevy of beauties) from that wonderful day. He was just beaming. And that is how I will always remember him . . . please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless! Kate
Bob & Wendy Biggs left a message on November 26, 2012:
Dear Sharon - we are so sorry for your loss- Dear God please Bless you all. Bob
Melinda Munneke Kimball left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary was my cousin and although we had not seen each other in many years, Les and Margy had filled me in occasionally on what he and Marla were doing. My heart goes out to his family and friends who love him and will miss him so much. I pray for you comfort in this difficult time.
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn left a message on November 26, 2012:
To all of Gary's cherished family and friends, I want to thank you for the honor of knowing Gary. He supported me with great warmth and enthusiasm while I worked at Pace Law (07-10) and then also we would see each other at ABA events where we both served in leadership. He always had a smile and a bit of encouraging advice. He will be missed so much. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.
George Hughes left a message on November 26, 2012:
Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Gary and I were in Boy Scout Troop 16 in Houston and went to the 1964 National Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. We also went to Hartman Jr. High School. I remember him well.
Amy Gewirtz left a message on November 26, 2012:
I am so deeply saddened by Gary's untimely passing. Gary has been an inspiration to over 130 New Directions participants and graduates, and to Carroll, Katy, and me, his Pace Law School colleagues. We are grateful beyond words for his generous support of New Directions since its beginning,including his cheerful willingness to travel from his home in Maryland to teach our classes. We will hold Gary and his family in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, and always. He will be greatly missed.
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Dottie Hemphill left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary was my boss, my mentor, my friend. He hired me as the receptionist at the Delaware Law School, then as his assistant, and finally as the Registrar of the Law School. He was always a huge supporter and mentor for me. We ended up living "across" the bay from each other. I cannot wrap my brain around the idea that he is gone. Sharon, Kelly, Shannon, Rich, and Matt, you have my deepest sympathy. Dottie
Hillary Nappi left a message on November 26, 2012:
There are not enough words to express my deepest sympathies. Professor Munneke was a wonderful, thoughtful professor who challenged us to become good lawyers and better people. There are not many people who go through life and touch the lives of so many people while simply living their own. I can never thank him enough for the encouragement and advice he has given me. To his family: thank you for sharing him with all of his students. He will be missed by so many of us. My prayers are with you now and always.
Meghan Marek left a message on November 26, 2012:
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Seems like Gary was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Hugs to Ella, Max, Eric and Shannon! Meghan Marek (Ella's teacher)
Stephen P. Gallagher left a message on November 26, 2012:
Sharon and all of Gary's family: My prayers go out to you this Thanksgiving. I met Gary a few years ago when he was at Texas Law and I was in the Placement Office at Temple Law School. It was then when I became his life-long student and friend. I relied on his wisdom through my years with the New York State Bar Association, and there was one thing that really stood out about Gary. To me, Gary was a true servant leader. Gary was always servant first. He accepted his responsibility as a leader, and so he contributed to the well-being of people and community - first. The legal profession has lost a true leader. Gary and I predated e-mail, so he remained a telephone call away. He will remain in my prayers. SPG
Cheryl Niro left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary was a remarkable guy. In a world that seems impersonal and impatient, Gary had a unique ability to make everyone feel special and important. He always had a smile, a thoughtful, intelligent observation, and a kind thought for those around him. It is difficult to describe how profoundly he will be missed at the American Bar Association, by all of those in the groups in which he served. He could always be counted upon to bring wisdom, insight, and calm to the most heated discussions. In that way, the ABA will long miss his significant contributions, but all of us who had the privilege and joy to come to know and work with him will keep him in our hearts and minds always, and do our best to carry his good works forward.
Paul Paton left a message on November 26, 2012:
Please accept my condolences on Gary's passing. He reached out to me as a then-junior legal ethics scholar writing on an area of interest and concern to him -- multidisciplinary practice issues -- to offer support and encouragement. It meant a lot to me then, and still does to me now. It was that kind of demonstration by Gary of what it means to be a professional that I have always appreciated, respected and endeavor to model,. Peace be with you all. Kind regards, Paul Paton (Vice Provost and Professor of Law, University of the Pacific, Sacramento, California)
Anthony Davis left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary was a very special person - to me (and, I am sure, many others) mentor, supporter, friend, as well as for me my publisher and co-author. He helped me get my start in my chosen practice area and supported me ever afterwards. Always warm, accessbile, respectful, thoughtful and understanding of others' foibles. A leader in our profession, and a force for good. How he will be missed! Anthony Davis
Joe Weintraub left a message on November 26, 2012:
I was very sorry to learn today of Gary's passing. I worked closely with him for many years at the American Bar Association and I valued him as a friend and a leader. He was instrumental in establishing the foundations for publication programs for both the LPM Section and the entire ABA, both of which continue to thrive today, and his accomplishments will not be forgotten. His friendship and leadership will be missed by many, and I send my sincere condolences to his family.
Lauren Stiller Rikleen left a message on November 26, 2012:
I had the privilege of serving on the Board of Governors with Gary as well as on the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession. I always looked forward to seeing Gary at meetings. He was warm , friendly and welcoming. He always brought a thoughtful perspective to the discussion. And, most significantly, he valued everyone's opinion, even as he may have been in disagreement. He was a joy to serve with in a volunteer organization because he made everything fun and interesting, and made everyone comfortable. His love of bar service was infectious. Words cannot adequately express how much he will be missed.
Bucky Askew left a message on November 26, 2012:
Sharon: Cathy and I were in NYC with our kids when we heard of Gary's passing. What a tragedy and we grieve with you. As you know, Gary was an incredible asset to the Section of Legal Education and to me personally. His brilliance, his dedication and his good humor were a great help to us, and a comfort to me, during times of great stress. He was a calming influence and a substantive contributor to the ABA's legal education and accreditation missions. Without him, I am not sure the Section's budgets would have been so carefully constructed and so forward-looking. We always enjoyed and looked forward to our times with you both. Gary was a true gentleman and a professional in every sense of the word. But beyond that, he was simply a good guy. Our best to you and your family. Bucky
Myles V. Lynk left a message on November 26, 2012:
To the family and friends of Gary, Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Gary was a good and fine man. I had the distinct pleasure of working with him on many legal ethics projects over the years in the American Bar Association, particularly in the House of Delegates when we were section delegates from our respective sections. Gary was always honorable, generous, thoughtful and kind, blessed with good judgment and a sound discretion. The goodwill that he fostered and the affection so many of us felt for him are testaments to the very high regard in which Gary was held. It is hard to accept that he was taken from us so suddenly. Gary will be sorely missed. Again, our hearts and thoughts are with his family on this sad occasion. With deepest sympathy, Myles V. Lynk
Jane Aoyama-Martin and the Pace Women's Justice Center left a message on November 26, 2012:
Gary Munneke was a dedicated and outstanding member of the Pace Law School Community. His warmth and generosity were remarkable, and he supported our work at the Pace Women's Justice Center for years. We feel the great loss and send our deepest condolences to his family.
Toni Jackson left a message on November 26, 2012:
I am so saddened to learn this news. Gary was one of the first to reach out to me when I attended my first ABA SOC meeting and he and I became fast buddies. Gary was a great friend to everyone he knew and always met everyone with a big smile. He had an incredible commitment to the ABA and our profession. Gary will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
Marie Newman left a message on November 26, 2012:
I cannot get my mind around the fact that Gary is gone. He was always so full of life. We talked often, and he was a good friend. I owe him so much, and I hope he knew how grateful I was for his constant support. Gary always spoke lovingly of his wife, children, and extended family, and relished spending time with them. He loved to cook and eat good food; he enjoyed bringing people together around a fine meal. He had many ideas and plans, and often discussed how legal education would need to change to meet the challenges of the future. My sincere condolences to his family.
Pamelee McFarland Murphy left a message on November 26, 2012:
It does not seem possible that Gary is gone. He was a wonderful colleague, friend, mentor and professional. After working together in the early 1980's, we continued to stay in touch by email as recently as last summer. Gary was always ready for a laugh, quick to understand any matter, and full of fun. My heart is with his family whom he loved so much.
Beth Alston left a message on November 25, 2012:
I was fortunate to have Gary as the Placement Director of my law school (the University of Texas School of Law) the year I was a senior (1979 - 1980). I mostly knew what I DID NOT want to do and DID NOT want to live. Gary babysat me through my difficult decision-making process until I settled on New Orleans, where I promptly found a job. It was to my great pleasure that when I became active in the ABA and APRL I discovered him already there in the professional responsibility community, where he had long been and continued to be a great asset. I last visited with Gary in Chicago in August and shared a drink with him and Diane Karpman. I am glad I was able to "hang out" with him so recently, yet his passing leaves a sharp pain in my heart. Beth Alston
JoAnne Epps left a message on November 25, 2012:
To the Munneke Famiily, Such sad news to hear, that Gary and his ready smile have left us. Please know that he brought character and professionalism to his ABA work, which is the context in which I knew him. He will be missed. JoAnne Epps Section of Litigation Delegate Dean, Temple Law School
Larry W left a message on November 25, 2012:
He was great professor and had so much wisdom. Professor Munneke was great at engaging the students and always had a funny story to tell. I am really sad when i found out professor passed. My sincerest condolences to his family.
Rachel Littman left a message on November 25, 2012:
Gary was more than a colleague. He was inspiration and thoughtfulness, intelligence and a kind, energetic spirit. We are privileged to have known him. I will do my best to continue his trains of thought on the legal profession and legal education. His presence will live on.
Leslie Yalof Garfield left a message on November 25, 2012:
Gary was a wonderful colleague and a caring friend. His cheerful disposition and permanent smile warmed the third floor offices of Preston Hall at Pace Law School. I will miss his morning greetings and the delightful tone they set for my day
Patricia Salkin left a message on November 25, 2012:
To the family of Gary Munneke, I am one of the fortunate members of the New York Delegation to the ABA House of Delegates who has had the privilege to work side by side with Gary on a number of important policy issues facing the profession over the years. He was a true master of the art of bringing people together in the shared interest and commitment to the rule of law and to the efficient, transparent and ethical operation of the profession. I knew Gary first as a well respected colleague at the ABA, and then I had the honor of working with him through his leadership and involvement with the New York State Bar Association. As an academic colleague, he was an encouraging and supportive mentor and friend. Gary was a gentle giant who earned the respect and adminiration of all who knew and worked with him. His positive outlook, warm smile and intellect will be sorely missed. Patricia Salkin ABA State & Local Government Law Section Delegate NYSBA Municipal Law Section Alternate Delegate Dean, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center New York
Maury Poscover left a message on November 25, 2012:
MICHAEL first met Gary when we we active in the ABA Young Lawyers long ago. Our paths crossed so many times since then. I observed up close his contributions to our profession and his ready laugh. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family who he loved so deeply. Maury Poscover
Seth Rosner left a message on November 25, 2012:
I cannot think of Gary without seeing his broad welcoming smile, hearing his warm, welcoming voice; a friend for - what? - a quarter century, thirty years? Friend, colleague, whose work in the fields of legal education, legal ethics and professionalism and law practice management is legendary. What a shock, what a void...... Pace. Seth
Swartz left a message on November 25, 2012:
Dear Sharon I am devastated by this horrible news. Gary was a wonderful professor and a good ABA friend. I still remember the dinner of ribs and chili you, Gary and I shared at the ABA Board of Governors meeting in Cincincatti. I hope you will find solace in the fact that we all loved and very much admired Gary. Kind regards Salli Swartz
Grace Clayton left a message on November 25, 2012:
My heart is heavy for all those that Gary touched - Loved him and respected him. God has a special angel. Love Grace
Kathleen Hopkins left a message on November 25, 2012:
Dear Sharon and family, I am so sorry for your profound loss. Gary was a wonderful person and I was blessed to have had an opportunity to work with him on various ABA projects. Sometimes we were co-consiprators, challenging entrenched policies and assumptions, but always Gary was working for the greater good of our profession. I will always remember the twinkle in his eye when he talked about his family and his work. The world and the legal profession are better because of Gary. He leaves a great legacy and even if not physically present, he will always be with us, challenging us to do our best. - Kathleen
Kelly Albanese left a message on November 25, 2012:
Bebop we miss you so very much! You were an amazing dad who was always there for us. We love you....
Alice Richmond left a message on November 25, 2012:
Hello Sharon and all of Gary's family. First, I cannot adequately describe either my shock or my sadness at this awful news. Gary was a freind and an inspiration and my thoughts and pyarers go out to each and all of you as you try to deal with this loss. May the good memories of all he was and did sustain you now and in the months and years ahead. Second, for Sharon in particular: you were not only the light of his life but, truly, the reason why he was so engaged and unthreatened by all the powerful and intelligent women he encountered. The first time he met me he said that I reminded him of you and as I got to know him and you better, I fully understood what a high compliment that was. I grieve for and with you. He was a very special man. And to all of Gary's family, friend and students: this was a man for all seasons. He was, as you already know, smart and funny and caring and interested and sensible. He also believe fiercely in fairness and equality and equal opportunity for everyone who wanted to dream and achieve. I was so proud to be his friend and so very, very proud that he was such a remarkable laweyr and teacher. May his memory always be a blessing and may he rest in peace. Alice
Bridget Crawford left a message on November 25, 2012:
Gary was a treasured colleague. He was cheerful, sensible and a forward-focused voice for change. He will be very missed.
Shannon left a message on November 24, 2012:
Words cannot express the sadness we feel without bebop here to make snake soup with the kiddos. Gary - we love you always.
mickey onifer left a message on November 24, 2012:
great times at claytons pool in elkton best advise when i opened my shop great drinks and food at pool good books r2pzg
Eric Sprague left a message on November 24, 2012:
Gary, Shannon, Ella, Max and I love you dearly and will miss you.
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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