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Loyola mourns the loss of College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger

Loyola press release - May 28, 2010

A memorial service for Brian Bromberger, dean of the College of Law and the Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Professor of Law, will be held Thursday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, located in Monroe Hall on Loyola’s main campus. The service is open to all, and free parking is available on campus.

Bromberger passed away May 27 after succumbing to a heart attack. He had planned to retire from Loyola on July 31 and rejoin his family in his native Australia.

Rabbi Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Synagogue will perform the opening and closing prayer at the memorial, which will feature remarks from Loyola University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., Provost Edward Kvet, D.M.E., and College of Law Alumni President Richard McCormack. Music will be performed by members of the College of Music and Fine Arts.

Bromberger came to Loyola in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he had served as the associate dean for academic affairs and a professor of law since 1995.

At Loyola, Bromberger led the College of Law through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; established the prestigious Westerfield Fellows program for future legal educators; and expanded services from the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, enabling the college to keep pace with clinical legal education trends nationwide.

Very recently, Bromberger passionately and successfully fought a bill in the Louisiana legislature that would severely restrict university law school clinics from representing poor and indigent clients. The bill failed in a senate committee on May 19.

Because of his dedication and service to the Loyola community, Bromberger was awarded the President’s Medal during the College of Law commencement ceremony on May 12.

“During his 50 years of teaching, which he celebrated just this year, Brian affected countless lives in many profound ways,” Wildes said. “He was a strong leader, an advocate for his college and its people, a skilled mediator, a dedicated scholar and a friend to many. Above all, he was a man of deep religious faith which drove his commitment to social justice.”

A funeral service will be held in Australia on Monday, June 7. In lieu of flowers, Bromberger’s family has asked that donations be made to the Dean Bromberger Memorial Fund. Donations can be sent to Major Gifts Officer Suzanne Valtierra at 7214 St. Charles Ave., Box 909, New Orleans, LA 70118. For more information, contact Valtierra at smvaltie@loyno.edu.