AAUP Foundation Remembers Robert O'Neil

Date: October 3, 2018

The AAUP Foundation notes with sadness the death of Robert O’Neil, a law professor and former president of the Universities of Virginia and Wisconsin, as well as the founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression.

Bob’s commitment to the AAUP spanned multiple decades and the Association benefited greatly from his expertise and wise counsel. He served several terms as AAUP general counsel as well as chairing Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure and special committees convened to address Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans universities, national security in a time of crisis, and academic freedom after the Supreme Court’s 2006 ruling in Garcetti v. Ceballos. He was also chair of the AAUP’s Capital Campaign. He will be deeply missed.

Robert O’Neil died at home on September 30, at age 83. The O’Neil family is planning a memorial service to be held November 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC. They have suggested that memorial contributions be made to the AAUP (which can be done here) or the American Civil Liberties Union.