In Memoriam: Dean Emeritus Patrick J. Rohan

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In Memoriam: Dean Emeritus Patrick J. Rohan


(1933-2009)

The editors of the St. John's Law Review respectfully dedicate this issue to Dean Emeritus Patrick J. Rohan

MEMORIAL TRIBUTE TO PATRICK J. ROHAN DEAN EMERITUS AND PROFESSOR OF LAW

Patrick J. Rohan's connection to St. John's reaches back more than half a century. He graduated from St. John's University in 1954 and from the School of Law in 1956. Two years later, he joined the Law School faculty, where he served for fifty-two years until his retirement in June 2009. He died just a few months later, on November 26, 2009. The School of Law community mourns the passing of this man of St. John's-Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, alumnus, supporter, and friend.

Professor Rohan's five decades on the St. John's faculty began in 1958. He served as Dean of the Law School from 1981 to 1991 and returned to teaching until his retirement. He taught Real Property, Trusts and Estates, Land Use Planning, and Condominiums, Cooperatives, and Homeowner Associations.

Professor Rohan was a prolific author and a leading authority on property and condominium law. His publications included Powell on Real Property;1 and Nichols on Eminent Domain;2 as well as national treatises on Condominiums;3 Cooperatives;4 Home Owner Associations;5 Zoning and Land Use Controls;6 Real Estate Financing;7 Syndications;8 Trusts and Estates;9 Real Estate Brokerage;10 Leasing;11 and Real Estate Tax Appeals.12 Professor Rohan served as a visiting professor at Columbia and N.Y.U. Law Schools and lectured at the Lincoln Land Institute and the Southwestern Legal Foundation. He also received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School and his J.S.D. from Columbia University.

He served as counsel to numerous educational and governmental bodies, including the New York State Temporary Commission on Estates; the Temporary State Commission on Rental Housing; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the Federal National Mortgage Association; the Restatement of Property (Second); and the New York State Judicial Conference. He was elected to membership in the American College of Real Estate Counsel and the American Bar Foundation. In recognition of his service as President of the International Association of Jurists (1984-1986), he was honored by the Italian Government and by the University of Bologna. He was named to the Knights of Malta and Knights of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope John Paul II.

He is survived by his wife Janet and children Lauri Rohan- Griffin (and her husband, Tim), Terry Keebaugh (and her husband, Karl), Patrick J. "Rick" Rohan, Jr., Janet McCarthy (and her husband, Neil), Amy Rohan, Courtney Rohan Rockett (and her husband, Nat), William "Billy" Rohan (and his wife, Erika), and Kaitlin Gavin (and her husband, Sean). He is also survived by nineteen cherished grandchildren; his brothers, Timothy Rohan (and his wife, Eileen), John Rohan (and his wife, Jan); his sister, Mary Rohan; many nieces and nephews; and countless extended family members and friends whom he loved dearly.

The entire St. John's community will miss the friendship of this dedicated alumnus, scholar, and friend.

MICHAEL A. SIMONS[dagger]

In January 2010, the St. John's School of Law community gathered with the Rohan family to celebrate a Memorial Mass in St. Thomas More Church on the St. John's campus. The gospel reading that day began with the following words: "One day, while he was teaching . . . ."13 The gospel went on to tell the story of Jesus and the paralyzed man. It is a story of faith, a story of forgiveness, and a story of healing. But it is also the story of a teacher and the power that a teacher has to touch others, to enable them to stand up and walk on their own.

Patrick J. Rohan was a teacher-not just for one day, but for something like 18,000 days. And at his Memorial, we gathered in thanksgiving for those 18,000 days and for the thousands and thousands of students that Pat Rohan taught, touched, inspired, and empowered. …

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