97 Harv. L. Rev 1255 (1983-1984)
Clyde Ferguson: A Few Words from a Colleague and Friend

handle is hein.journals/hlr97 and id is 1273 raw text is: C. CLYDE FERGUSON, JR.

James Vorenberg*
Clyde Ferguson's death on December 21, 1983, brought to a sud-
den and much too early end the distinguished career of a major figure
in legal education and international affairs. Clyde graduated from
Harvard Law School in 1951. In 1975, he returned to the school to
teach after serving as a practicing lawyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney,
professor, dean, general counsel to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission,
ambassador, and United Nations official. Along with many others, I
am grateful to have shared in his warmth and wisdom.
At the time of his death, Clyde was teaching courses in civil
procedure, international human rights, and legal aspects of the inter-
national economic order. His love for civil procedure grew out of his
work as a teaching fellow in the year after his graduation from law
school. He brought not only the experience of practice into his first-
year classes, but also a special devotion to the subject that engendered
respect, hard work, and affection from his students.
In his teaching of international human rights, he conveyed insights
and real-life drama that few others could duplicate. He had a mastery
of the field and an ability to inspire and motivate students. They
were struck by his abundant patience, his kindness, and his accessi-
bility, and they recognized that, in his understated and dignified way,
he was profoundly and personally committed to finding ways of se-
curing human rights around the world. Students felt these qualities
from the moment they entered his classroom or walked into his office
for one of those informal talks that - to their surprise - might last
two hours.
Clyde was a pioneer in exploring the dimensions of the changing
international economic order and, in particular, the changing relation-
ships between the developed and developing world. His was the first
course on this subject at the Law School. He was led into the field
- as he had earlier been led into the law of international human
rights - by real-life experience. He brought to his teaching of the
subject insights gained both in his work at the United Nations and
in his years as an ambassador in Africa.
He was a true international lawyer, whose counsel was constantly
sought at international conferences and by international agencies. He
was involved with the full range of human rights issues, from apart-
heid in South Africa to torture and terrorism in El Salvador. Recently,

* Dean, Harvard Law School.



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