October 28, 2019 | Former Pepperdine Law adjunct professor Todd Maybury Sloan passed away on September 17 in Idaho. Professor Sloan taught Trial Practice and Conflict of Laws at Pepperdine Law from 1989-2002. Professor Sloan served in the United States Marine Corps and was a decorated Vietnam War veteran. He practiced law for many years at Hill, Farrer and Burrill in Los Angeles.
The following tribute to Professor Sloan is from his colleague and former Pepperdine Law adjunct professor Mike Stein:
The Pepperdine Law School family recently lost one of its own – Adjunct Professor Todd M. Sloan – who passed away on September 16, 2019. Professor Sloan taught at Pepperdine Law from 1989 to 2002.
Professor Sloan lived his life by two guiding principles.
The first – drawn from his proud and courageous service in the United States Marine Corps – was Semper Fi – “always faithful.” That he was – to his family, his friends and colleagues, to his clients and to his students.
The second principle was the theme of the motion picture Dead Poets Society in which Robin Williams portrayed a school teacher who embraced the motto “Carpe Diem” – “seize the day” – and urged his students to make their lives “extraordinary.” A traveler of the world, a connoisseur of the arts, fine food and drink, a lover of good books, good conversation and good jokes and perpetually interested in learning something new – Professor Sloan seized every single day of his time on this planet and in so doing, not only made his own life extraordinary, but made the lives of everyone fortunate to know him immeasurably better.
Graced with intellect, a hearty laugh and a twinkle in the eye, he was a constant source of pragmatic advice, mentoring and encouragement to all who were wise enough to seek his counsel.
Semper Fi Professor Sloan. May all of us live by your example and seize the day.
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