Monday, April 6, 2009

Sidney Fine Dead at 88

Sidney Fine, a professor emeritus in history at the University of Michigan and the author of a massive biography of Supreme Court Justice Frank Murphy, died last week. The obituary, with some comments of his students, is here; an earlier tribute, here. I met Professor Fine when I was working on Lawyers against Labor and he was finishing his study of a leading turn-of-the-century antiunion lawyer, Walter Drew (Without Blare of Trumpets). I found him to be the model of the generous senior scholar.


dah said...

Fine's most enduring work is Laissez Faire and the General Welfare State (1956), not the Murphy bio., as interesting as that is.


Dan Ernst said...

I'm really glad you mentioned that work--an oversight on my part not to have.