Memorials and Tributes

Regis W. Campfield,  1942–2017


Regis W. Campfield, 1942–2017


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Download Tribute to Regis W. Campfield.pdf (136 KB)

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Regis W. Campfield, Marilyn Jeanne Johnson Distinguished Law Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law in Dedman School of Law, received his B.B.A., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and LL.B. from the University of Virginia. He practiced law with a firm in Cleveland and taught at the University of Notre Dame Law School before joining Dedman School of Law in 1977. He has taught courses in wills and trusts, estate and gift taxation, and estate planning.

Regis Campfield who was on our faculty long ago, before moving to SMU Law School in 1977. Regis was a nationally known expert in trusts and estates and in particular estate & gift taxation. He was the founder of the Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute, an annual mega-CLE program, which he operated as a family project, with his dear wife Mary and various children drafted to work on everything from mailing lists to welcoming attendees. While Regis turned over the reins of the Institute to the Law School the year I became Dean, he always remained interested in the Law School and I enjoyed a close relationship with Regis and Mary in the ensuing years. The Tax and Estate Planning Institute continues under the watchful eye of Mike Kirsch and the direction of Jerry Hesch of the University of Miami. The 43d annual Institute was just held last week. Regis and Mary also created a generous fellowship fund at the Law School and generations of students will benefit from this gift.

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Regis W. Campfield,  1942–2017