A former law school dean at the University of Missouri-Columbia died yesterday of an apparent heart attack while exercising on the MKT Nature/Fitness Trail.
Tim Heinsz collapsed on the trail yesterday morning while jogging, a university spokeswoman said. He was 56.
"He’s going to be sadly missed across campus," MU spokeswoman Mary Jo Banken said. "Everyone who knew him thought so highly of him."
An expert in labor law, Heinsz came to the MU School of Law in 1979 as a visiting professor. He joined the faculty in 1981 and became dean of the school in 1988.
As dean, Heinsz helped establish the law school’s now highly respected Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution. The center teaches lawyers and lawyers-to-be how they can settle cases through mediation rather than through conventional litigation. He specialized in arbitration.
After stepping down as dean in 2002, Heinsz remained on the faculty and became the director of the dispute-resolution center.
"Tim was a builder," MU law school Dean Larry Dessem said in a news release. "He devoted his professional life to building institutions like this law school, our center for the study of dispute resolution and, with his wife Susan, a wonderful family."
Heinsz was found at about 6:30 a.m. on the trail, near the Stadium Boulevard trail access.
He died on the same day his name was disclosed in a report to the NCAA. In MU’s response to the NCAA allegations against the men’s basketball team, the university said Heinsz was conducting a review of Head Coach Quin Snyder’s management procedures.
MU law professor Len Riskin said Heinsz’s death came as a shock to his colleagues. Riskin described Heinsz as being in perfect shape, saying he ran every morning and played tennis frequently.
"Tim Heinsz is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met," Riskin said. "He takes a genuine interest in all other people. Whenever he meets someone, he wants to be acquainted with them."
Heinsz received a bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and a law degree from Cornell University. He was a law faculty member at the University of Toledo from 1975 to 1979 and during the 1980-81 school year.
Heinsz’s survivors include his wife and two daughters, Megan Heinsz and Jennifer Leparmentier.
Funeral arrangements were pending yesterday.
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of us at the
Heinsz received his bachelor's degree from
learning of Professor Heinsz' death, MU Chancellor
Richard Wallace said, "I am saddened beyond comprehension at the loss of
such a dear friend who meant so much to our University."
Heinsz is survived by his immediate family, wife
Susan, daughters, Jennifer and Megan, and granddaughter Camille.
Notice of services will be posted when arrangements are final.