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Raymond Nimmer


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Raymond T. Nimmer
1944-2018
Raymond T. Nimmer was born to Raymond O. and Hellen B. Nimmer on the 2nd of May 1944, in Chicago, Illinois. He passed away on Wednesday, the 24th of January 2018 in Houston.
Ray was a professor of the first rank at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, where he was the Leonard Childs Professor of Law and co-director of the Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute. He also was Dean of the Law Center from 2006 to 2013; the national rankings of the Law Center rose during his tenure. Before then he had, at various times, been the Associate Dean and Acting Dean. He also held a Distinguished Chair in Residence at Universidad Catolica in Lisbon, Portugal.
Ray was a gifted student from grade school through law school, receiving awards, high marks and commendations. He was also was on bowling teams and was an excellent baseball player, lettering in the sport at Luther South High School. Later Ray received a B.A. in Mathematics in 1966 and a J.D. with distinction from Valparasio University in 1968.
After law school, he took a position as a research attorney at the American Bar Foundation from 1968 through 1975. In 1975, he joined the faculty at the University of Houston Law Center. He spent the rest of his academic career there, with a couple of brief interludes as a visiting professor at other law schools. During his long career, he authored or co-authored over twenty-five books, including Information Law, The Law of Computer Technology (which received a national book award from the Association of American Publishers in 1985), Modern Licensing Law, The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions, and Drafting Effective Contracts. He also was the Co-Reporter to the Drafting Committee on Revision of U.C.C. Article 2 and the reporter for U.C.C Article 2B and the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA). He was a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the Office of the Legal Advisor of the U.S. State Department and a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of International Commercial Law. During the 1980's and 1990's, Professor Nimmer was Counsel at Sheinfeld, Maley and Kay and then Counsel at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He was a frequent speaker on intellectual property, commercial, business and technology law topics at programs in the U.S. and abroad. The list of his academic and professional publications, speeches, achievements and awards would consume numerous pages. Please visit http://www.law.uh.edu/faculty/main.asp?PID=29 for a sample.
But, above all he taught. Decades of law students benefitted from whatever he taught, whether contracts, internet law, electronic commerce, bankruptcy, secured financing, copyrights, information law, sales, contract drafting, or licensing law. Professor Nimmer brought his deep scholarship, quick intellect and warm humor to bear in fashioning his lectures, class plans, and questions that engaged and challenged his students. His students loved him and he them. Indeed, one testament to that love occurred when his students learned of his passing; they spontaneously began to place flowers at the parking spot reserved for him at the Law Center.
Professor Nimmer is survived by many students, colleagues, friends and family, all of whom will miss him deeply, as will Brennan's of Houston and Sorrento's, two of his favorite haunts for taking students, colleagues and friends to converse on various topics, sometimes small and fleeting, but usually large and profound.
A service of remembrance celebrating his life and reception will be conducted at five o'clock in the afternoon on Thursday, the 15th of February, in the Jasek Chapel and adjacent grand foyer of Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive in Houston. Memories of Ray will be shared by all attending.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be directed to the Raymond T. Nimmer Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204-6060.
Published in Houston Chronicle from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5, 2018
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