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Preble Stolz ’53

Preble Stolz ’53, June 11, 1996, of a heart attack while sailing in San Francisco Bay. He was professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law and a noted authority on government and the courts. After graduating from Reed, he married Audrey Brooks ’52, and the couple had three children. He earned a JD from the University of Chicago in 1956 and then clerked in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco and for Justice Button of the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a deputy attorney general, an aide to Governor Pat Brown, and director of planning and research during Governor Jerry Brown’s term of office. In 1961, he joined the law faculty at Boalt and became widely known as one of California’s leading scholars on state government. His 1981 book on the state Supreme Court, Judging Judges: the Investigation of Rose Bird and the California Supreme Court, is considered on the leading books on the state’s high court. His recreational activities included sailing and playing with his grandchildren. He is survived by his son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1996

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