Peter Herzog

Obituary of Peter E. Herzog

Peter E. Herzog, of DeWitt, passed away Wednesday, November 4, 2020. A native of Vienna, Austria where he was born in 1925, he immigrated to the United States in 1950. He graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law Summa Cum Laude in 1955 and earned a Master of Law degree from Columbia Law School in 1956. He then worked as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the New York State Department of Law, before joining the faculty of the Syracuse University College of Law in 1958 where he taught Conflicts of Law, Comparative Law, European Community Law and Torts. He also taught as a visiting professor at the University of Paris, Cornell University, the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and the Academy of International Law in The Hague, Netherlands. Besides teaching, he authored a large number of articles in English, French and German and books on Conflicts of Laws, The Law of the European Community, and Civil Procedure in France and served as a member of the Columbia University Project on International Procedure, Associate Director of the Columbia University Project on European Legal Institutions, a member of the New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Metropolitan Area Studies, and a consultant to the New York Commission on Eminent Domain. Among the numerous awards, scholarships and research grants he received, Peter Herzog was awarded the Syracuse University Chancellor’s Award Citation for Academic Excellence in 1983 and was honored as the Crandall Melvin Professor of Law the same year. Peter Herzog officially retired in 1995 but continued to teach Comparative Law and The Law of the European Community at the Syracuse College of Law each fall for a number of years. He is survived by his wife, Brigitte Herzog with whom he celebrated their 50th year anniversary in June 2020; his son, Paul and his wife Stella in Los Angeles; his daughter, Elizabeth and her husband Thom McLean in Syracuse; and four grandchildren, Fiona and Eugene Herzog and Aidyn and Ashyr McLean. His family and those who knew him, will remember him not only for his stellar intelligence and humility but also for the way he treated every living being with kindness, compassion and respect. The family will hold a private service at All Saints Church and will have later on a celebration of his life when all gatherings can safely be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting one of his favorite charities, Huntington Family Centers or Helping Hounds. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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A private Mass will be held at All Saints Church. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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