Skip to comments.Passings: Michael Uhlmann, 1939-2019 (Big-Time Constitutionalist and Educator)
Posted on 10/09/2019 10:37:54 PM PDT by Loud Mime
It is with much sadness that I report the passing of Michael Uhlmann, a longtime member of our Division of Politics & Economics and a significant scholar of American government.
For many on our campus, Professor Uhlmann was not only an insightful critic and commentator but also a colleague and dear frienda mentor to generations of students wanting to learn how government works (or, he might have said, how it doesnt) from someone whose experience extended to a distinguished career in public service.
A year ago, a tribute in The American Mind hailed Uhlmann as that rarest of specimensa scholar whose practical, first-hand knowledge at multiple levels of government richly informed the experiences of his students. Two of his former students now serve on our board of trustees and fondly remember their time studying with Uhlmann.
Trustee Mark Chapin Johnson shared with me that, Michael was one of those rare professors that all students and friends were enriched by knowing. Trustee Fred Balitzer recalled how Mike had a devoted following among his students. Mike expected a lot from students, but they gave it willingly. Mike was a man of strong opinions and unafraid to share them. Yet, at the same time, he was friends with faculty across ideological and disciplinary lines. He was collegial in every good sense of that word.
Uhlmann was a teacher in the purest sense of the word. He believed passionately in building and sharing knowledge to make our society and our world a better place.
A native of Washington DC, Uhlmann served as Assistant Attorney General in the Ford administration and as a special assistant to President Reagan, among other government positions. His other professional experience included many years in private legal practice as well as a leadership role with a philanthropic foundation.
Long before he joined our faculty in 2002, (he was also an adjunct professor at Claremont McKenna College,) Uhlmann was one of our students. He completed his doctorate in government here in 1978 after receiving a bachelors degree in history from Yale and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
The great strength of any department or division is in the diverse backgrounds of its faculty, and our Division of Politics & Economics has benefited greatly from having members such as Uhlmann. As if his scholarly work werent enough, he also made time to serve as the director of our successful Tribal Administration Certificate Program.
For all who knew Michael Uhlmann at CGU students, faculty and staff he will be remembered as a teacher in the purest sense of the word. He believed passionately in building and sharing knowledge to make our society and our world a better place. He will be sorely missed by all those who had the privilege to work with him and learn from him.
I ask you all to join me in expressing our thanks to Professor Uhlmann for his service to CGU and our deepest condolences to his family and all those who knew him.
A gentleman scholar and Constitutionalist ...
If he was at Claremont, he was in the belly of the beast.
I do photos for Claremont and have worked with Michael many times. He was one of those people that the more you knew about him, the more you listened, the more you liked him. I sat in on some fellowship classes and loved how he would instruct while smiling and challenging the students.
One of a kind.
The above article is funny and gives a link to Michael’s speech on “The Struggle Ahead.” You will laugh and have a few chuckles. It’s a good read; one that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.
Claremont is a liberal hellhole. We looked into it for my oldest daughter. Fortunately, she elected to go to a slightly less left-wing indoc center: Santa Clara.
Claremont Institute. Not the University.
On second reading, I’m not up to knowledge of the Graduate University.
Oops. [In my best Emily Latella voice: “Never mind.”]
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