Fordham Law Mourns Death of Adjunct Professor Dr. Norton SpritzNovember 27, 2007
Fordham Law School is saddened by the death of adjunct professor and alumnus Dr. Norton Spritz '87. Dr. Spritz died at Tisch Hospital on November 21, 2007.
Dr. Spritz was a beloved adjunct professor at Fordham Law and was in the midst of teaching Law and End of Life Decisions at the time of his death.
Dr. Spritz received his M.D. from the University of Maryland in 1952, and was a well-known physician and scholar in the area of lipid metabolism. A distinguished physician, he served as the Chief of the Medical Service at the New York Veterans Administration Hospital from 1968 until his retirement 1998. Nearly 20 years into his medical career, he decided to attend Fordham Law in order to better advocate for the increasing number of patients he saw with AIDS. He completed his law degree while serving as Chief of Medicine at the VA hospital.
"I thought with a law degree I could play a more definitive role in the protection of these AIDS patients from discrimination," Dr. Spritz told the Medical Alumni Association of the University of Maryland's publication in 2002.
"Dr. Spritz's warm personality and incredible gift for teaching will be deeply missed," said Dean William Michael Treanor.
Dean Treanor, the faculty, staff, and students of Fordham Law mourn the death of this exceptionally dedicated teacher and alumnus.