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I learned only now the sad sad news of Professor Sklar's passing. I was a student back in 1986-1990. I have the fondest memories of Professor Sklar. He was so funny, so engaging and so engaged with his students. I'm sure it is because of him and his ground-breaking course on Mental Health Law that I have spent much of my professional life representing and advocating for the rights of psychiatric patients. What a loss. My deepest sympathies to his family.
I just learned (this late time) that one of my favourite professors and people at McGill Law has passe don. I am very saddened by this. Professor Sklar was wonderful, brilliant and entertaining. He influenced me so much that I have spent more than 30 years as a Criminal Defence lawyer (amongst other areas of practice) looking for those esoteric issues in many of my cases. I looked forward to his classed and have nothing but great memories from all his lectures. Perhaps he is somewhere special now playing ball with some of the great Dodgers? Sorry for the family's loss. A true mensch.
What a great guy and what a great life! I was lucky enough to be taught criminal law by Professor Sklar, and then double lucky enough to have had the opportunity to teach with his lovely wife Adrienne at Concordia in the early 90s. Both spoke of the other with such high regard and obvious love. It's always such a pleasure to be surrounded by passionate people who love their work, being with people, who are highly engaged and who project this energy back out into the world, making it a better place. Professor Sklar was one of these rare wonderful individuals.
I'm very late to be hearing about Ron's death but deeply moved. Ron worked as Ethicist at Douglas for years where his humour and insight were deeply appreciated.Whales from a kayak were once part of Ron's joyful experience of the natural world. Missing Ron.
Prof. Sklar taught me at McGill Law School in the 1980's and I remember him as a fantastic person who made a lasting impression on the young student I was...Thank you Mr. Sklar !!
Professor Sklar was perhaps the professor I got to know best while at McGill and definitely among the biggest influences. I had great appreciation for Professor Sklar and his classes. I feel privileged to have known him and to have spoken to him outside of class too. He was always patient and interested in our thoughts and careers despite having taught so many. And he made sur ethat every single lecture pushed us to think and consider what we would not have without his guidance. Mr. Sklar was not only a profoundly good and kind man, he was an inspiring and patient professor and one of the few I will remember as having made a mark, as having made me grow. It is not only those who know him who have suffered a loss but the legal profession. I will strive to make him proud.

I want to express my sincerest condolences to his family. I hope that you are doing OK, given the circumstances.
Professor Sklar was a delight to study with. He taught what is normally dispensed as staid law with eyes and mind open to new interpretations. I am delighted to have shared my learning with him. I was lucky enough to have him as a reviewer of my application to McGill, and it was because of his fierce humanity that I was accepted into the Faculty. I am forever grateful. Thank you, Professor, you opened up a world to me. To his family and friends, courage in the short term and good strong memories for the long term.
Dear Ady, Alem, Desse, Graham, Jada, Zev and Nate,

Ron's light will always shine in our hearts.

With love,
Linda, Harvey, Todd, Mara and Sari
Ron was a wonderful help to us at CBC Radio and TV in Montreal. He was always willing to come on air and explain legal issues in a way that was compelling and clear, even to people (like myself) with no legal background. As a journalist, I got to know him a little outside the interviews: we talked pugs, chess and The Beatles. He will be missed as an expert and a lovely person.
Prof. Sklar was an amazing human being. Also was a very passionate professor that I will always remember for his generosity, dedication and that was always willing to help or hear anyone. Never judgmental always inclusive and patient with his students in and out the classroom. My sympathies and also my eternal gratefulness to professor Sklar. Rest in peace.

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