Longtime University of North Dakota School of Law Professor Randy H. Lee died March 3 at 6:30 a.m. Lee had been gravely ill.
Amundson Funeral Home in Grand Forks is handling the arrangements, which have not yet been finalized.
Randy's spouse, Paula, survives him.
"Professor Lee's dedication and service to the School of Law and to the legal community of North Dakota are immeasurable and irreplaceable," said UND law dean Paul LeBel, in a statement. "In his thirty years as a member of the law faculty, Professor Lee taught a significant percentage of our alumni, for whom he remained a trusted advisor throughout their careers."
LeBel said that the law school community was "deeply saddened" by the loss of Lee. "In his distinguished professional life, Professor Lee touched the lives of those who knew him in a way that has brought great honor to the profession of law at all levels. He will be greatly missed."
Lee was the North Dakota Bar Foundation Professor of Law at the UND School of Law. He was born in 1944. He earned both his bachelor's and law degrees at Washington and Lee University in Virginia.
Lee was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1969 and has been a member of the North Dakota bar since 1980.
Lee began his law career in private practice in Baltimore from 1969-1972. He was an assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland from 1972-1973. He served as general counsel of the Maryland Port Authority from 1973-1975.
Lee became an assistant professor of law at UND in 1975. He was promoted to associate professor in 1978. He was acting dean at UND from 1979-1980 after the resignation of Dean Robert Rushing.
Lee became a full professor in 1985. His classes included Agency and Partnership, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Labor Law, Legal Professionalism, and Workers Compensation.
He was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa. He served on the Joint Committee on Attorney Standards since 1994 and was a trustee of the Law School Admission Council from 1991-1996.
Lee was honored with the State Bar Association of North Dakota Distinguished Service Award in 1999. In announcing the award, SBAND said that Lee "has served as a guiding light through the murky waters of professional responsibility."