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Seymour R. Goldgehn

Class of 1948

The incoming class at DePaul Law in June 1946 consisted mainly of a group of World War II veterans who were forced to give up their schooling to become part of "The Greatest Generation." as it is now called.

My classmates were eager to complete their formal education at DePaul, then located in the top floors of a building at 64 East Lake Street. The ground floor contained a Pixley and Ehlers restaurant, where we congregated on many occasions to discuss our classes.

Our professors were outstanding, namely Anderson, Bauer, Romiti, McCabe, Buckley, Ward, and the larger-than-life Dean Harry Taft. They set high standards for us, and because of this, the dropout rate was high, but that also set the tone for our later professional life as lawyers and judges.

Our class was one of achievers not only in law school but also in later careers. Members of our class became Illinois Supreme Court justices, a Chicago mayor, a Cook County state’s attorney and numerous Cook County judges, as well as lawyers, bankers and major building developers. The remainder of our class practiced law not only in the Chicago area, but also around the country. Their scope was endless, even arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court.

I was part of a study group who met on a regular basis to review the case law as well as argue what the law was—it was amazing to find so many different interpretations. Our heated arguments helped us understand that the law was constantly changing, even as we studied the decisions in our numerous courses. Of the eight members of our group, all finished school, with several receiving honors for being at the top of our class.

I made lifelong friendships as a result of attending DePaul, and these continue to this day. Three of us, along with our spouses, meet regularly to talk about DePaul and where our respective careers took us.

As a result of my education at DePaul, I was able to practice law both in Illinois and in Florida for over 55 years in a moral and ethical way, and was successful in my endeavors. It also opened up other avenues in the business world in my later years that proved rewarding.

DePaul holds many fond memories for me—of my professors, instructors, librarians, fellow students, and the deans who helped us make the transition from students of the law to practicing lawyers in a vibrant community.