Robert Berkley Harper was first Black tenured professor at Pitt Law

Harper, the first Black tenured professor at Pitt's School of Law, died Oct. 12, 2021, at 82.

“Bob was a larger-than-life figure in the law school for many years,” said his former colleague Arthur Hellman, now professor emeritus, who arrived at Pitt in the middle of Harper’s first Pitt Law post as the school’s assistant dean (1973-77). “He was one of the most engaged teachers we've ever had at the law school, because he loved being with students and talking to students.”

Read a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary