70 Tax L. Rev. 177 (2016-2017)
George E. Zeitlin

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In   Memoriam


                  George E. Zeitlin


  For over fifty years, George Zeitlin was a part of NYU Law School,
as a tax professor, mentor, colleague, and administrator. He was a
beloved member  of our community, known  for his vast knowledge of
tax law, keen intelligence, and wonderful sense of humor. George
passed away on January 19, 2017 at age 86.
  George  graduated from Columbia Law  School and served a tour of
duty with the U.S. Army as a radio operator. He received his LL.M
from NYU   in 1961. After serving as Deputy Tax Legislative Counsel
during the Kennedy  and Johnson administrations, he became a full-
time professor at NYU  in 1966-a  position he held until 1984. He
served as Associate Dean of the Graduate Tax Division from 1975 to
1982. George  taught part-time in the tax program until he finally
retired in 2012. He was counsel to Chadbourne & Parke while on the
Law  School's full-time faculty and joined the firm as a partner in 1982,
after stepping down from the faculty.
  There  are countless former  students who  benefitted from  his
encyclopedic knowledge  of the tax law and his scintillating classes,
including his colleagues, Leo Schmolka   and  me.  (Len's tribute
appears in this Issue.) I took classes in the part-time tax program
while serving as a full-time professor at another law school and
George  was one of my  first teachers. I soon discovered that taking
classes late at night was not a good fit for me and asked to take classes
part-time during the day. Told that this was against the rules then in
effect, I mentioned to Professor Zeitlin that this prevented me from
taking more of his classes, which met during the day. He promptly
agreed to sign waivers for his classes and so, almost half of my NYU
LL.M.   credits came  from  George.  But   he extracted  a price.
Whenever  he asked a question, and no one raised his (yes, that is the
correct pronoun for that era) hand, George called on me-usually
saying: What  does the professor think? I had no  choice but to
prepare. If I wanted the luxury of being in his classes, I had to accept
this treatment. George thought this was quite funny, but there was a
method  to his madness-I  learned tax really well. It was one of my
best intellectual experiences and a gateway into my career.

                               177


Imaged with the permission of Tax Law Review of New York University School of Law

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