Calvin Randolph Massey, of Concord, and Deer Isle, Maine, died peacefully at home surrounded by family Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in 1949 in Walla Walla, Wash. and graduated from Whitman College in 1969, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
He received his MBA from Harvard in 1971 and a JD from Columbia University in 1974, where he was managing editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. Following a dozen years of practice in San Francisco, he joined the University of California Hastings College of Law faculty in 1987, teaching constitutional law, property and wills and trusts until 2012. He then moved east and became the Daniel Webster Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law until his death. While at UNH, he was a guest on Laura Knoy's "The Exchange" on NHPR and moderated a panel discussion on national security at the Warren B. Rudman Center.
During his academic career he was also a visiting professor at the law schools of Stanford, University of California Berkeley, Boston College, Boston University, Lewis & Clark, Washington & Lee, and Leiden University in the Netherlands. He wrote casebooks on constitutional law and property and authored over 50 articles, mostly on constitutional law matters. He was a creative cook, an avid hiker and sailor, and a talented watercolorist. He was possessed of a quick mind and vast store of knowledge, faith and courage. Most of all, he was a beloved husband and father and will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; daughter, Ellen; son-in-law, Seth Leonard; and sister, Mary Alice Tonn.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3,at 2 p.m. at St Andrew's Episcopal Church, 354 Main St., Hopkinton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Attn: Dr. Robert J. Soiffer, MD, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215-5450.
Published in Concord Monitor on Sep. 26, 2015.