Fordham Law


Fordham Law Mourns Passing of Hon. Lucille Buell ’47

December 10, 2008

Fordham Law School is saddened by the death of former law professor and alumna Hon. Lucille Buell '47.

While a student at Fordham Law, Buell was editor-in-chief of the Fordham Law Review and recipient of the Chapin Prize. She graduated first in her class.

In 1972, Buell joined the Fordham Law faculty as one of the first full-time women faculty members, along with Sheila Birnbaum. Among Buell's many responsibilities was teaching legal writing to the entire entering class. Nowadays legal writing classes at Fordham Law are divided among more than ten professors.

"Lucille Buell was a woman of great dignity and warmth," said Robert J. Reilly, assistant dean for the Feerick Center and former student of Buell. "She cared deeply for all of her students and made the class fun. She will be missed."

After her tenure at Fordham, Buell became the first woman elected to a countywide judgeship in Westchester in 1974. Later she became the first woman Supreme Court judge in the Ninth Judicial District.

"She enjoyed an extraordinary career in the law in every role—judge, teacher, and practicing lawyer," said John D. Feerick, executive director of the Feerick Center. "Among her many legacies is opening the path for women on the full time faculty at Fordham Law. She was a cherished teacher, colleague, and graduate."

The wake will be held at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry, New York at the following times: Monday, 12/15 from 7-9pm and Tuesday, 12/16 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm.

The funeral will be held at the Reformed Church of Bronxville, 180 Pondfield Road, Bronxville, NY on Wednesday, 12/17 at 11:00am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Karen Deasy's attention at Fordham Law School, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY 10023.