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Jennifer Aronson

Robert Aronson

December 19, 1947 - June 04, 2021

We created this memorial page to celebrate the life of Robert Aronson. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Thank you for taking the time to honor your connection with our husband and father. Sincerely, Rob's wife Terri and daughters, Tammy and Jenny

צדק צדק תרדוף Justice, Justice, you shall pursue. Robert Aronson, 73, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 in San Marcos, California. He died at home in the early morning with his wife and two daughters at his side. After decades of fighting heart issues, he is finally at peace, though our world will be a less bright place. He will be remembered for his strength, kindness, brilliance, and sense of humor. Up until the end, he...  see more
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  • Jackie McMurtrie
    Rob was an incredible person with a deep commitment to justice and to people, including his family, friends and students. I was very fortunate to have Rob as a role model, mentor, and friend during my UW Law career. But, I knew of him long before since I...  more
  • Jordan Talge
    I learned of Professor Aronson's passing from classmates in the Class of 2011. Many of us still meet regularly for breakfast. We all shared some memories and quips of Professor Aronson the week after his death. He was one of my favorite teachers I ever...  more
  • Alice Serko
    Prof. Aronson was an extraordinary educator and always willing to lend his time to students looking to learn more about the practical skills in the practice of law. He generously spent time with our moot court and mock trial team during competition...  more
  • Jackie Kettman
    Prof Aronson was the only one of my profs to assign document-drafting, then review and comment on all those papers. An enormous extra load of work, and invaluable to us students. He was an extraordinary teacher, and I'll never forget him. Peace to his...  more
  • Paul Woods
    I am very sorry to hear of Professor Aronson's passing. He was one of a handful of professors who went far out of his way to not only teach me in law school, but to get to know me and encourage my love of law. I'll never forget the many times we sat...  more
  • Tom Andrews
    I am saddened at Rob’s passing but grateful to have known and worked with him. He was a generous mentor when I joined the law faculty in 1985 and began to teach Professional Responsibility. Over the years, we collaborated first as colleagues; then...  more
  • Richard Gordon
    I knew Rob from a different lifetime--when we were roommates and friends at the University of Virginia. Unfortunately, it is my loss that time and distance separated us.
    I can only look at Rob's life through the lens of the beautiful tribute posted by...  more
  • Kelly Ruhlig
    Rob was always one of a my favorite faculty members. He treated everyone like an equal. He will be greatly missed!
  • Miriam Korngold
    My deepest condolences to Professor Aronson's loved ones. He was my evidence professor at UW Law about a decade ago, and his teachings still inform my thinking about evidentiary issues today. A few years ago he gave me his full support as I transitioned...  more
  • Dana Raigrodski
    I'm so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. He was so kind and welcoming to me when I joined UW Law. He was always among the firsts to offer support, both to me personally and whenever there was an institutional or student need. He was a passionate and...  more
  • Shannon Lawless
    Professor Robert Aronson was a great teacher, lawyer, and person, and I’m so saddened to hear of his passing. I had the privilege of working as a research assistant for Professor Aronson as a law student in 2008 and taking his evidence class. He...  more
  • Sharron Sellers
    I’m so thankful Rob and Terri came into my life…and with them Tammy and Jenny. Rob was one of my favorite storytellers. He brought home the point with intelligence and wit. I will miss hearing them. A favorite memory is the ‘best ball’ golf game...  more
  • Marlin Appelwick
    Terri, Tammy and Jenny, I am so sorry Rob cannot be with you or us anymore, but I am relieved that his pain is gone. I was lucky to count him as a friend for more than 40 years. Through 15 years of ULC conferences with him, I got to know you and his...  more
  • Lea Vaughn
    Terri and family, Patrick and I were very, very sorry to learn about Rob's death. He was so helpful and kind to Patrick when he became FAR after Rob's tenure. As a colleague, Rob was always so considerate to me. In our decade or so in the new building, I...  more
  • Lesle  Gallimore
    Rob. I had the great honor and privilege of being a colleague of Rob Aronson's at the University of Washington while he served as our Faculty Athletic Rep. Rob, I'm certain, was impressed that I quit after one year of law school back in the day to...  more
  • Merian Snow
    Dear Professor

    The arguments made,
    The case at rest,
    A life fulfilled,
    The court attests.
    A legal life, it was sublime.
    Leaving now is not a crime.

    Though why you must depart so soon,
    I'll never really get,
    I'll have to think...  more
  • Mike Townsend
    I will never, ever, forget Rob. He is one of the very few people who had a significant impact on my life once I reached adulthood. In that sense, he still travels on up here through me. His kindness, graciousness, and never failing sense of right and...  more
  • Terri Aronson
    From Jerry -
    Rob,Mo and I went to Whistler to play golf,hike,eat well and be together.
    We enjoyed the drive, scenery,some good,some not so good golf shots,hiked up to Narin falls,along a raging river—stayed in our Chalet and just had a fine time...  more
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  • Maria  Rubinstein
    Unfortunately, I only met Rob and Terry a few years ago when I helped them find a new home in San Diego. I truly enjoyed spending time in the car driving around town and having in-depth conversations with Rob about our families, current affairs, and...  more
  • Rachel Herrick
    I know that Rob was a wonderful father and husband, and reading all of this I also now know he was very passionate and dedicated to his work. He was also a great coach for our soccer teams. I know he will be greatly missed.
  • Louis Wolcher
    Rob Aronson was the most dedicated and skillful teacher I knew at UWLS, and cared deeply about his students. His passion for the ethical treatment of others and his fundamental decency as a human being were legendary. He will be greatly missed.
  • craig mason
    I am simply writing to acknowledge 35 years of friendship with an excellent man. I am extremely picky about male friends, and my criteria are simple but still hard to meet: A person who has all the tools to be aggressive and awful, but chooses to be...  more
  • Kelly  Canary
    I have been struggling to write my condolences because I have so many things I would like to share about what an amazingly kind and thoughtful person Rob was. Rob changed my entire law school experience. He showed my past was an asset and not a...  more
  • Carla Swindlehurst
    I knew Rob as the man who entered my sister Terri's life 40 years ago and took her on a ride filled with love, laughter, adventure and two beautiful daughters. He was her best friend and staunch supporter through lifes triumphs and sorrows. A truly good...  more
  • Steve and Fran Ehrlich
    Friends are the sparkle in our lives, and Rob certainly gave us plenty of sparkle to love and cherish. He was an amazing man.. brilliant, caring, and always up for a good laugh. He brightened our lives with his wonderful sense of humor... always playing...  more
  • Steve and Fran Ehrlich
  • Helen Anderson
    I am so sorry to hear of Rob's passing. I had Professor Aronson for Criminal Law and Evidence in the 1980's. He was a fantastic teacher. When I joined the faculty 10 years later, he was one of the most welcoming of my new colleagues. Rob had a real...  more
  • Chryssa  Deliganis
    So very sorry he was taken much too soon. Thinking of his beautiful family members who love him so dearly. As us Greeks say, May His Memory Be Eternal!
  • Steve Calandrillo
    Rob was one of the first professors I got to know when I joined UW Law two decades ago. We shared a love of sports, and he took me under his wing -- he even tried to convince the UW to let me take over his role as Faculty Athletic Representative. He...  more
  • William Bailey
    First meeting him for an ethics consultation in the early 1980's, Rob became a deeply valued friend for 40 years.Though his biological heart was compromised, Rob’s heart energy was luminous and limitless. He adored Terri, Jenny and Tammy and was SO...  more
  • Peter Nicolas
    I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. I had the pleasure of teaching alongside him at the University of Washington. Rob had been teaching evidence for years when I joined the faculty, and he was a wonderful mentor to me when I became the junior...  more
  • Sydney Bay
    Rob (Professor Aronson) was my first mentor at UW Law. He reached out to connect with me about UW law school and shared our common interests: civil rights and public interest law, living in Kirkland, and the fact that his daughter (who worked in Texas)...  more
  • Randy Hooker
    And in the end,
    The love you take,
    is equal to the love you make.

    Rob created love throughout his life. And I will always love my brother in life for gifting me with his love. As will many others.

    What greater gift can a person give?

    What greater...  more
    • Randy Hooker
      Andrew Stefan "Dearest Friend ... Although you can't be here with me, we're truly not apart, until the final breath I take, you'll be living in my heart." Andy Stefan
    • Randy Hooker
      mo zareh Nothing has hit me harder than Rob's passing. We were the best buddies and golf partners for life. The cherished memories of Rob can fill a book. How lucky I have been to have known and loved such a precious human being. Thank you for being such an...  more
    • Randy Hooker
      Sarah Kaltsounis I’m so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing. My husband and I were both lucky to be his students and to see the energy he poured into the school, both in and out of the classroom. One memory that stands out is how he volunteered to speak to my entire 1L...  more
    • Randy Hooker
      Sandra Madrid Very difficult to realize Rob is not with us but his legacy and memories will sustain us. I had the privilege to work with Rob when he was Associate Dean and I served as Assistant Dean. We became quick close friends. He was a strong supporter of...  more
    • Randy Hooker
      Kellye Testy I am so sorry to hear of Rob’s passing and send condolences to all of his family, friends and colleagues. I had the honor of working with Rob while serving as Dean of UW Law. Rob was a splendid colleague — his love of learning and deep care for his...  more