John died peacefully Nov. 7, 2015, at Glacier Hills Senior Living Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., surrounded by his family.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., he attended Hickman High School. John majored in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan. He served a tour of duty in the Army in Japan.

John was a scholar, mentor, and expert in international economic law. During his career at the University of Michigan’s Law Center, he trained hundreds of students and maintained lifelong relationships with them. In 1969, John published a book, World Trade and the Law of GATT. He remained a faculty member at Michigan for 31 years. After accepting emeritus retirement status, he had a “post-retirement” new career as a professor at Georgetown.

He was especially fond of spending time with his family. The class is honored by his service to our country and extends condolences to Joan, his wife of 53 years; daughters Jeannette, Lee Ann ’88, and Michelle; and four grandchildren. 

Undergraduate Class of 1954