Fordham Law

Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Professor Emeritus Edward McGonagle

July 22, 2010

Fordham Law School is saddened by the death of Professor Emeritus Edward McGonagle.

McGonagle joined the faculty in 1964 and taught for 42 years before his retirement in 2006. His courses included Decedents' Estates, Trusts, Land Use, Future Interests, and Administrative Law. In 2007, he was elevated to Emeritus status.

"Ed was a superb teacher who combined deep knowledge of his subjects with a gentle wit, and he made the most complex courses accessible and enjoyable," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "Ed was extraordinarily thoughtful and decent to all those he came into contact with—an example for all. All of us who knew him will miss him greatly."

McGonagle earned an A.B. cum laude from Princeton College, an M.A. in Literature from Yale University, an LL.B. from Boston College Law School, and an LL.M. from Harvard. He also pursued graduate work at the Sorbonne and the University of Heidelberg. In addition to his studies, McGonagle served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, taught at Duquesne University Law School for 6 years, and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard immediately before he joined Fordham Law.  
The funeral will take place in Rhode Island.