Deceased March 12, 2019
Tony died on March 12. At age 16 he spent a month in St-Etienne, France, where he cycled around the region. This solidified an interest in language study. Tony later spent three months in France at age 19, where he got to be fluent in French. At Amherst he was a DU, French major, Italian minor and a member of the Zumbyes. Tony was also in our senior class play, It’s Greek to Me.
Upon graduation Tony spent three years in the air force, stationed in Texas and Ohio. This was followed by law school at Fordham and two years practicing law in Connecticut. In 1963 Tony joined the faculty of the University of Toledo College of Law. There he taught courses in evidence, trusts and estates, torts, contracts and trial practice. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1970 and again in 1974. He retired in 1993.
Away from the classroom, Tony was an avid gardener, often leaving bags of garden vegetables on the front steps of neighbors and at food banks. He loved to ride motorcycles and taught his children how to shoot a shotgun at a target. He was also a voracious reader. He kept a list of books he read after his retirement. It topped 1,000 and kept on going. Tony found time to do challenging crossword puzzles, especially those with large-enough print.
Tony loved good food, good music and a good drink. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Marlene; three children; and six grandchildren.
Rob Sowersby ’55