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In Memoriam: Mortimer Caplin '40, Public Servant and Professor Emeritus, Dies at 103

July 16, 2019, University of Virginia School of Law

Mortimer Caplin, the University of Virginia School of Law professor emeritus who served as IRS commissioner under President John F. Kennedy, died Monday, just days after reaching his 103rd birthday.

Caplin taught at UVA Law for 33 years and was co-founder of the widely influential Washington, D.C., tax law firm Caplin & Drysdale.

Caplin had a deep commitment to public service and was a lifelong supporter of education, including at UVA, his alma mater. The “double ’Hoo” earned his Bachelor of Science in 1937 and his LL.B. from the Law School in 1940.

“My father was a wonderfully kind man, full of zest for everything,” his son Michael Caplin, a 1976 graduate of the Law School, said. “He believed deeply that everyone has a debt of service to their country, and he lived his life with purpose and a commitment to the common good. I know his spirit will continue to nourish and inspire everyone who knew him.”

Read more at University of Virginia School of Law.

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