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.

2 comments:

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

    dah

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

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