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ROBERTSON, David Wyatt David Wyatt Robertson - devoted husband, father and grandfather, loving brother, beloved teacher, accomplished attorney - died at his home in Dripping Springs, TX, on December 27, 2018 at the age of 81. A leading expert in admiralty law, David was a professor at the University of Texas Law School since 1966 where he continued to work until two weeks prior to his death. David received his law degree at LSU, and a masters in law from Yale. At the time of his death, he was the William Powers, Jr. and Kim L. Heilbrun Chair in Tort Law and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was previously the W. Page Keeton Chair in Tort Law. David authored over a hundred publications, including two books: Admiralty and Federalism (Foundation Press, 1970) and co-wrote Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 5th ed., 2017) and Admiralty and Maritime Law in the United States (Carolina, 3d ed., 2015). His numerous articles, often quoted by the US Supreme Court, appeared in Texas Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Modern Law Review, Law Quarterly Review, Tulane Law Review and elsewhere. David was a member of the American Law Institute and served on the Advising Board of Editors of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce. David also took several years off from teaching to practice law full time in Houston and in his home state of Louisiana. Throughout his teaching career, David continued to work outside of the classroom as an appellate attorney, briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts across the country. David mixed the more traditional teaching methods of the law professor with the novelty of playing guitar for his students- rewriting songs by replacing the lyrics about law cases. When not working, David 'recreated' by clearing cedar by hand on his land in Dripping Springs. He is survived by his wife Susan Marie Theisen, his children Thomas Wyatt Robertson, and Susan Robertson Stephenson, his grandchildren Colette Robertson and Robert Stephenson, and his sisters, Anne Bertholf, Laurie Frick, and Kathy Patt. David is also survived by his former wife and the mother of his children, Ann Thomas Robertson. His intelligence, loyalty, generosity, and humor were inspiring. He will be forever loved.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on Jan. 13, 2019
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