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Longtime UR Law Prof. Bob Shepherd dies

Robert E. Shepherd Jr. (right), a longtime professor at the University of Richmond law school and an expert on juvenile law, died last night, according to a report from UR Law Dean John G. Douglass. Prof. Shepherd was 71.

A graduate of Washington and Lee University and its law school, Prof. Shepherd entered the Army JAG Corps after law school, spending four years in the service. He was a lawyer in Richmond from 1964 to 1971, both in private practice then with the Attorney General’s office.

He began his academic career in Baltimore, teaching there for three years. Prof. Shepherd was at UR from 1978 until his retirement in 2001. He was a visiting professor at W&L this fall.

He had been battling cancer during the past year and had recently returned home from a hospital stay, Douglass noted.

Douglass added that Prof. Shepherd’s “broadest and deepest legacy will remain the hundreds of students whom he mentored throughout his teaching career and with whom he shared equal measures of his inquisitive spirit, his sense of fair play, and his deep human compassion for those most in need.”

Details on a memorial service will be forthcoming, Douglass said.

By Paul Fletcher