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Professor emeritus Edward C. Halbach, Jr, died June 1 in Berkeley, California. He was born November 8, 1931, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Edward C. and Lewella Halbach. He was a graduate of Clinton High School and the University of Iowa, where he received his law degree. He later received his Master of Laws degree from Harvard University and an honorary LL.D from the University of Redlands. Ed is credited with changing American law through his scholarship and writings.

Ed was married to Janet Bridges in 1953. He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1954-1956. He began his teaching career at the University of California Law School at Berkeley, where he became the youngest law school Dean in America at age 34.

Throughout his life he continued to teach, lecture, write and serve on legal and professional committees, boards, and associations. He was well-known for his public speaking ability and his impressive sense of humor. Early Indian rights work led to the development of what is now known as the Native American Rights Foundation. He authored numerous books and law textbooks His large number of professional activities have earned him legal recognition and awards throughout the country. Yet his primary interest in life was his family and friends.

Ed is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet Halbach, five children, Kristen (Evan) Field of Windsor, Ca., Edward C. (Connie) Halbach III of Winters, Ca., Kathleen (Al) Timpson of Pleasant Hill, CA., Thomas (Claudia) Halbach of Berkeley, and Elaine (Joel) Bryant of Denver Co., thirteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, David Halbach, of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and his sister, Connie (Richard) Kissack, of Clinton. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Halbach.
Published on June 30, 2017
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