William Van Alstyne Dies at 84

We note with sadness the death of William Van Alstyne, who served as president of the national AAUP from 1974 to 1976. Before that, he served as chair of the Association's Committee A on Academic Freedom and Tenure from 1970 to 1973. He died on January 29 at the age of eighty-four.

Van Alstyne was a scholar of constitutional law who held academic positions at several law schools, including those at Duke University, the College of William and Mary, and Ohio State University. He was widely recognized for his expertise on the First Amendment. Judicial opinions, including those by the Supreme Court, often cited his scholarship. He appeared as counsel or friend-of-the-court in federal cases on constitutional matters and provided expert testimony in many congressional hearings.

Read a reminiscence of William Van Alstyne by David Rabban on the Academe Blog


Publication Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019