Joseph J. Darby, Professor of Law Emeritus at the USD Law School, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family who loved him, on June 13, 2013, of ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease. Born in New Jersey, he moved to La Jolla in 1974. Before entering academia, Joe proudly served our Navy in the Mediterranean, followed later by JAG corps service until his retirement as Captain in 1990.
His lifelong passion for continual learning earned him a bachelor's degree in Russian from Georgetown University, a law degree from Fordham Law School, Ph.D. from Columbia University and a Doktor Juris degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. As an educator, he taught both law and language, here and abroad, from German and Russian, to International Comparative Law and Constitutional Law. He was able to do what he loved, travel the world, and share his experiences with family, colleagues, and students.
Through his life, he was anchored by his firm Catholic faith and strong ethical and moral beliefs. He was spirited and fun loving, an adventurous outdoorsman, an avid gardener and a fantastic chef gourmand!
Joe is survived by the love of his life, Ursula, whom he met in Germany 50 years ago; his children, Christiane, Gabriella, Thomas and Heidi; and 11 delightful grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 10:00 am, Friday June 28, 2013, at Mission San Diego de Alcala.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Foundation, In Memory of Joseph Darby, 7920 Silverton Ave., Suite E, San Diego, CA 92126.