Founder of WMU law school dies at 89

Thomas E. Brennan, Sr. died Sept. 29, 2018

The founder of Western Michigan University's law school, Thomas E. Brennan had died. His death came Sept. 29 in Lansing, Michigan, surrounded by friends and family. He was 89.

Brennan founded the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing. He was also the 81st Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

"Tom Brennan was a giant in legal education," said WMU-Cooley's Interim President Jeffrey Martlew. "More than 20,000 WMU-Cooley graduates owe him a debt of gratitude for pursuing his vision in creating a law school focused on teaching knowledge, skills, and ethics. Beyond that, Tom had a genuine love for people. He was a terrific mentor and a true friend, and I shall miss him."

Brennan was born on May 27, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School and attended the University of Detroit where he earned a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School in 1952. In 1951, he married the love of his life, Pauline Mary (Polly) Weinberger, with whom he had six children.

Details about Memorial Service will be shared once they are available.

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