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February 6, 2014

In Memoriam: Don H. Reuben, JD ’52

by Dan Rodriguez

A great friend of the Law School passed away earlier this week. Don H. Reuben, valedictorian of the Northwestern Law Class of 1952 and a passionate supporter of the University and the Law School throughout his life, died Monday, February 3, 2014, at the age of 85.

His legal career spanned sixty-five years, during which time he became one of Chicago’s most prominent First Amendment lawyers. He litigated or served as counsel to over 700 libel and First Amendment cases, and represented prominent media organizations including Time, Look, and Life magazines; the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal; as well as broadcast outlets including ABC, CBS, and NBC. He began his career at Kirkland, Fleming Green, Martin & Ellis (now Kirkland & Ellis) in 1952 and continued there until he established his own firm, Reuben & Proctor, in 1978. Later Reuben & Proctor merged with Isham, Lincoln & Beale in 1989, and a few years after that Don became Of Counsel at Winston & Strawn.

Many of you remember his generosity with his time and expertise. Don was a member of Law Board and served on several committees at the Law School. He was elected to Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees in 1977 and he became a Life Trustee in 1990. The University awarded him the Alumni Merit Medal in 2002. He was also an active member on the boards of a number of charitable, cultural, and educational organizations in Chicago and in California.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jeanette Hurley Reuben, and his five children, two stepchildren, and eleven grandchildren. Services will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, California on Tuesday, February 11 at 11:00 a.m.

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