Remembering Nathan Lord, Law Professor Emeritus

It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Professor Emeritus Nathan S. Lord, who died on January 1 at his home in Louisville at the age of 82. Professor Lord was a native of Louisville and resident of the Highlands for the past 45 years. He graduated from Harvard College and the University of Virginia School of Law. He served on active duty as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in 1957 and practiced law at Middleton, Seelbach, Wolford, Willis & Cochran in Louisville until 1962. From 1962-63 he clerked for the Honorable Roy Shelbourne of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. In 1963 he joined the faculty of the Brandeis School of Law and spent the next 33 years here, retiring in 1996. During that time he mentored a generation of law students. He drafted amendments both to the Kentucky Revised Statutes that resulted in Louisville-area land developers installing sanitary sewers that were eventually assumed by the Metropolitan Sewer District and to the Kentucky Constitution dealing with the judicial department of government and with financial provisions for state and local governments. Professor Lord is survived by his wife and two sons.

Professor Lord taught, over the years, many of the courses in the law school curriculum including Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law, Remedies, Administrative Law, Admiralty, Local Government, State Taxation, Kentucky Constitutional Law, Legislation, Decedents’ Estates and Trusts, Criminal Law, Property, Corporations, Legal History, and Basic Legal Skills. He was visiting professor of law at Leeds University, England, in 1984-85 and taught short courses in American law at Daito Bunko University, Tokyo, in 1997 and at the University of Mainz, Germany, in 1999. Professor Lord loved the outdoors, as his hobbies illustrate.

An avid bicyclist, he mapped out Louisville’s first bike route and often commuted to the law school on his bicycle. He was a lifelong railroad enthusiast and was Joint Master of the Clear Creek Beagles of Louisville. Bicycling made him happy, trains made him dream, and hounds made him laugh. He will be missed by everyone especially those within the law school community. A visitation will be held for Professor Lord at Pearson's Funeral Home on Friday, January 25, from 4-7p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Louisville at 11a.m. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Louisville or Hosparus of Louisville.

Those who wish to contribute to Brandeis School of Law student scholarships in a fund in honor of Professor Lord should please contact Wendy Helterbran at, or by telephone at 502-852-6381.