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William Brees Stoebuck 1929 - 2012

William Brees Stoebuck

This Guest Book has been kept open by Caroline Stoebuck, Daughter #3.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
I am very sad to hear of Professor Stoebuck's passing. My deepest sympathy goes to his family. I often tell people that it was Professor Stoebuck who really taught me how to write in law school. I am forever grateful to him for that, because his mentorship has had very many positive impacts on my life.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Mary and the Stoebuck Family:

Professor Stoebuck was a man of gravitas and fairness in the classroom, and a pleasure outside of it. My parents are no longer around to share their condolences, so I must do it for the three of us.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Professor Stoebuck was my favorite professor at UW Law School. I took every course he taught. His practical experience and lecture style made him an outstanding professor of law. Bill Drew, UW JD 1974
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
For me, the first year of law school was difficult, not so much academically (although it was challenging), but emotionally. I realized even then that much of the stress was self-generated, but that didn't make it any less real.

At the end of the first quarter -- when I received disappointing grades posted on New Year's Eve -- I seriously considered dropping out of law school.

Then, during the winter quarter, I had Professor Stoebuck for Property. His excitement about a subject that, initially, seemed dry to me, was infectious. His concern for students was obvious and personally felt.

He became for me both my favorite professor and my mentor, as I made the transition into legal practice (including a couple of years at Karr Tuttle Campbell, where he was of counsel) and then into the legal academy. I am now in my third decade as a law professor, holding the Laghi Chair at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

On that New Year's Eve when I received my first set of grades in law school, I could hardly imagine that I would become a lawyer, much less a law professor and legal scholar. Professor Stoebuck inspired me to think, not just of passing law school, but of achieving something greater. As a professor and as a person, Bill Stoebuck has been one of the half dozen people who have meant the most to me in my professional life.

Greg Sisk (Minneapolis, MN)
Saturday, January 12, 2013
I am so sorry to hear that Bill died. I was so thrilled and complimented when he asked me to be a co-author of the Washington Practice. I knew him as a man of deep knowledge and sometimes a surprising sense of humor and I hope that I do him honor as the continuing author of the book.
John Weaver
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