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In Memoriam Remembering Our Colleague Jack McCrory

Celebrating the Life of Tim Pownall

On January 17, 2017, our dear friend and colleague Professor John P. (Jack) McCrory passed away. He began his teaching career as a professor of law and founding director of the Dispute Resolution Project at Vermont Law School. He first taught for the Straus Institute as a visiting professor in 1988 and was here on a fairly regular basis during the summers teaching courses such as Alternative Dispute Resolution, Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution, and Arbitration Practice. He joined the Straus family as a full-time faculty member in 2001 and he continued in this position for a decade.

Tim Pownall, Straus assistant director and director of Straus/Seaver Conflict Management Program, passed away on October 9, 2016. He was a gifted teacher and a committed peacemaker—known for his dedicated work in reconciliation and thoughtful, constructive dispute resolution through initiatives like the PACIS Project for Interfaith Dialogue. He made extraordinary contributions to the work of the Straus Institute and to the University, spearheading the institute's undergraduate dispute resolution certificate program and teaching the course in Dispute Resolution and Religion. Most of all, he warmly embraced the opportunity to sit down with students of all ages and backgrounds for a heart-to-heart talk not just about classes and careers, but also life priorities and callings. He was a thoughtful and caring colleague and mentor. His life is cause for joyful reflection and emulation.

McCrory served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Association of American Law Schools (AALS); chair of the AALS Labor Law Section; the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (now the Association for Conflict Resolution); and liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution (predecessor of the Section on Dispute Resolution). Jack McCrory continues to inspire admiration and warm recollections from his colleagues … Straus dean Tom Stipanowich commented, “Jack was the model of a dedicated and strong teacher as well as a terrific colleague. When we first moved out to the area, Jack and Mitzi hosted me in their Santa Monica home until our campus residence was furnished and ready. I also got special pleasure from Jack’s wry sense of humor.”

Professor Tim Pownall, through his teaching and tireless work in dispute resolution, strove daily to bring peaceful resolve and reconciliation locally and globally. He was recognized by the Association for Conflict Resolution as the Peacemaker of the Year for the Pacis Project to encourage reconciliation between various religious communities in the Middle East.

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