Mr. Stockton, Wharton

John M. Stockton, a retired professor in the Wharton School, passed away May 2, 2010, at age 86.

Mr. Stockton became a lecturer at Wharton in 1953 and a full professor in 1973. He served as chair of the business law department—now the department of legal studies and business ethics—from 1963 to 1971. He retired in 1989, but continued to teach until 1995.

He contributed to the 1965 book Introduction to Law and the Legal Process.

Prior to coming to Penn, he joined the Washington staff of Sen. John Sparkman of Alabama, the unsuccessful 1952 Democratic candidate for vice president.

Mr. Stockton earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Alabama. He then earned a master’s degree in law from George Washington University.

Mr. Stockton is survived by his wife, Terry-Dayle; sons, Clay, Blair, William, and John B.; daughters, Katherine and Jean; 11 grandchildren; and a sister.

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