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Nathan S. Lord

LORD, NATHAN S., died on January 1, 2013 in Louisville, KY. He was 82.

He was born in Louisville to Nathan Lord and Ruth Kammerer Lord and resided in the Highlands for the past 45 years.

He graduated from The Taft School, Harvard College, and the University of Virginia Law School. He saw active duty as a First Lieutenant in the 5th Communications Group of the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War.

He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar Association in 1957, and practiced law at Middleton, Seelbach, Wolford, Willis & Cochran in Louisville until 1962. He then served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Roy Shelbourne for the Western District of Kentucky, and was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville School of Law in 1963. He spent 33 years there, mentoring a generation of law students. He drafted amendments to Kentucky Revised Statutes that resulted in Louisville-area land developers installing small, local sanitary sewers that were eventually assumed by the Metropolitan Sewer District. In 1964, he served as a voluntary staff member of the Constitution Revision Assembly, and drafted proposed constitutional provisions dealing with the judicial department of government and with financial provisions for state and local governments. Most of his proposals for the judiciary and for financial changes were adopted at various times by amendments to the Kentucky Constitution.

He was promoted to Professor of Law in 1973 and taught many different courses, including Civil Procedure, Federal Jurisdiction, Conflicts of Law, Remedies, Administrative Law, Admiralty, Local Government, State Taxation, Kentucky Constitutional Law Seminar (shared with the late Justice Charles Leibson in latter years), Legislation, Decedents' Estates and Trusts, Criminal Law, Property, Corporations, and Legal History. He was visiting professor of law at Leeds University, England, in 1984-85 and taught short courses in American law at Daito Bunko University, Tokyo, in 1997 and at the University of Mainz, Germany, in 1999. He loved the law and loved teaching it.

An avid bicyclist, he mapped out Louisville's first bike route. He was a lifelong railroad enthusiast and was Joint Master of the Clear Creek Beagles of Louisville. Bicycling made him happy, trains made him dream and hounds made him laugh.

He was predeceased by his brother, J. Stephen Lord of Earlysville, VA; and by his former wife, Rachel S. Lord of Louisville.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sondra C. Lord of Louisville; his sons, Samuel L. Lord (Sara) of Louisville and N. Macauley Lord (Carol) of Brunswick, ME; his brother, John C. Lord of New York, NY; his stepchildren Pamela S. Meares (Tom) of Nashville, TN, and Robert D. Dier, Jr. (Mary), of Reading, PA; two step-grandchildren; and one step-greatgrandchild.

His family thanks Senior Helpers and Hosparus for their loving care.

A visitation will be held at Pearson's Funeral Home on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Louisville at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church of Louisville or to Hosparus of Louisville.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Jan. 6, 2013
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