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September 16, 2008

A Tribute to Roy Mersky

Photo of Roy Mersky

Our long-time friend and colleague, Professor Roy M. Mersky, passed away earlier this year. To honor his memory, the Law School will host a tribute on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. It will be held in the Connally Ballroom at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.

Photo of Professor Roy M. Mersky

A Gift in Roy's Memory

Gifts in Professor Mersky’s memory may be made to the Roy M. Mersky Memorial Fund. In recognition of and gratitude for his profound contributions to UT Law School, and particularly its library, the Tarlton Law Library’s Special Collections Center and Rare Books Room will be named in his honor. The Roy M. Mersky Memorial Fund will be used to complete a major renovation and modernization of the special collections facilities, and the Fund will also support the rare book lecture series that Roy started and of which he was so justly proud.

Gifts to the Fund should be made payable to The University of Texas Law School Foundation, and mailed to the Law School Foundation at 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas, 78705. Please include a note with the gift designating it to the Roy M. Mersky Memorial Fund. Gifts may also be made online by using the Law School’s secure credit card form.

Professor Mersky was the Harry M. Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, and longtime director of the Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research at The University of Texas School of Law. He died on May 6, 2008 in Austin after a brief illness. Mersky, a decorated World War II veteran and civil rights advocate, was eighty-two.

Speakers offering remembrances at the tribute will include Dean Lawrence Sager, Professor Stanley Johanson, Judge Thomas M. Reavley, Judge Bea Ann Smith, and former Trustee John Beckworth. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is preparing a special video tribute which will be shown. In addition to these presentations the event will feature a discussion that examines Professor Mersky’s legacy, with panelists including Harry S. Martin III, Virginia Wise, and Bryan Garner. There will also be memorial video, “Roy in His Own Words,” with a reception to follow.

The Law School published a series of remembrances from friends and colleagues around the world on its website, as well as a photo gallery and a few additional resources and links. These can be found at In Memoriam: Professor Roy M. Mersky, 1925–2008.

For further information about the event, please contact Maria Allen at

Related links:

In Memoriam: Professor Roy M. Mersky, 1925–2008

The Tarlton Law Library

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center


Program contact: Maria Allen,

Media contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications Office, (512) 471-7330, or