Robert M. Byrn, the Leonard F. Manning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Fordham University School of Law, lost his long and painful battle with cancer on February 3, 2017, in his eighty-fifth year. His connections to Fordham encompassed the major part of his life. He received a B.S. from Fordham University College of Business Administration in 1953 and received a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1959 after service with the U.S. Army in Korea in 1954–1955. As a law student, he served as an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review with the late Dean and Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin. After bar admission, he practiced law with the firm of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed in New York from 1959 to 1963. He returned to Fordham Law as an assistant professor in 1963 and was promoted to associate professor in 1966, professor of law in 1968, and Manning distinguished professor in 1988.

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