Dinner to honor BlumA dinner in honor of Walter Blum, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Law School, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Harold J. Green Law Lounge at the Law School. The event is open to the University community.
Blum, who is a 1935 graduate of the Laboratory Schools, will be presented with the U-High/Laboratory Schools Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received his A.B. in 1939 and his J.D. in 1941 from the University.
"Walter Blum has made outstanding contributions to the University community as well as to public understanding of the law," said Robert Jacobs, president of the U-High/Laboratory Schools Alumni Association. "He has advised the American Law Institute in its Federal Income Tax Project, serves as legal counsel to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and helped design and guide the University of Chicago's Federal Tax Conference, one of the nation's premier conferences on that subject. We are delighted to be able to recognize his many contributions and accomplishments with this award."
Blum worked for the Office of Price Administration and served in the military before joining the University faculty in 1946. He was named the Wilson-Dickinson Professor in 1975 and the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor in 1985.
Described as one of the University's "greatest citizens," Blum was awarded the University Service Medal in 1991 for extended, extraordinary service to the University. He has chaired several University committees over the years, including the Centennial committee and committees on housing and residence plans, faculty retirement and pension policies, employee benefits and campus planning.
He is the co-author of several books, including The Uneasy Case of Progressive Taxation (1953), still considered a classic in the field. He has served as a consultant to the Treasury Department, the Department of Transportation, the Internal Revenue Service and the Administrative Conference of the States.
For information on tickets for the dinner, call the Laboratory Schools Alumni Office at 702-0578.