Professor Summers, Law

Clyde W. Summers, the Jefferson B. Fordham Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, died October 30, 2010, at the age of 91.

Born in Montana and raised throughout the Midwest, Professor Summers earned a bachelorís degree (1939) and a law degree (1942) from the University of Illinois. He received a doctorate in judicial science from Columbia University in 1952. Professor Summers joined the faculty at Penn Law in 1975. Although he formally retired in 1989, he continued to teach full-time until 2005, when he suffered a stroke.

Before coming to Penn, he taught at the University of Toledo, University of Buffalo and Yale University. He had been a visiting professor at Cornell University, University of Minnesota, University of Mississippi, University of Puerto Rico, the University of Utah as well as Sendai University in Japan and Witwatersand University in South Africa.

Considered to be one of the greatest labor law scholars of his generation, he was the author of more than 125 articles in law journals and five labor-law and employment-law casebooks. He was an expert witness in labor-law litigation and was a consultant to state legislatures, including Pennsylvaniaís, and to the U.S. Department of Labor and other government agencies. He served on the New York Governorís Commission on Improper Union and Management Practices and the Connecticut State Labor Relations Board and was president of the International Society for Labor and Social Security Law.

Professor Summers was the recipient of Guggenheim, Ford, Marshall, Fulbright, and National Endowment of Humanities Fellowships and studied in Belgium, Sweden, Germany and England. He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Leuven (Belgium), University of Stockholm (Sweden) and the University of Illinois.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Mark and Craig; daughters, Erica and Lisa; a sister, Majel Drake; and eight grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Professor Summers may be made to the Peggy Browning Fund, which provides fellowships for law students dedicated to improving the lives of workers, at 1525 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 or to the Association for Union Democracy, 104 Montgomery St., Brooklyn, NY 11225.