AARON--Roger. The partners, counsel, associates and staff of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP mourn the death of our partner Roger S. Aaron, who passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2012 following an illness. Mr. Aaron was 69 years old. He joined Skadden as a summer associate in 1967 and returned as a full-time associate in 1968. Mr. Aaron was promoted to partner in 1975 and rapidly became one of the proteges groomed by Joe Flom to succeed him in leading the firm. He served as the head of the firm's corporate practice for more than two decades and played a leading role on many of the firm's management committees. Mr. Aaron not only preserved the legacy with which he was entrusted, but also played a vital role in the global development of the firm. Skadden would not have become the firm that it is today without Roger Aaron. He helped shape our firm culture and was dedicated not only to his clients and the work, but equally to the firm. Over the years, Mr. Aaron led many of the most significant corporate transactions for the world's largest corporations, including XTO Energy, Compaq Computer, General Motors, Mobil Oil, Univision, U.S. Steel, Pfizer, Time Warner, Daimler and Alcatel. Mr. Aaron graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1964 and received an MBA with high distinction from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration in 1965. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1968. He has been recognized as a top attorney by such publications as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America and International Financial Law Review 1000. Who's Who Legal called Mr. Aaron the "dean of the Bar." In addition to his leadership role at the firm and in his field, Mr. Aaron was an active supporter, fundraiser and contributor to his alma maters Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. He served on the boards of directors of the American Jewish Committee, the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the Legal Aid Society, the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College, and Teach for America. Mr. Aaron is survived by his wife Virginia (Ginny), sons Peter and Todd, mother Phyllis, sister Caroline, daughter-in-law Jessica and grandsons Nate and Will.
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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 12, 2012