Wake Forest University has announced that Professor Don Castleman died unexpectedly in Winston-Salem over the weekend.
“We grieve Professor Castleman’s death and extend our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those at Wake Forest who had the opportunity to know him,” the announcement stated.
Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds said, “For a number of us, it is hard to imagine Wake Forest law school without Don Castleman. He loved teaching Decedents Estates and Trusts and all things tax. He loved the practice of law and brought it effectively into his classrooms. He loved playing golf with 3Ls during the 3L picnic. And he was as proud of Tommie (his wife) and his four children as any human could be.”
A graduate of the University of Tennessee law school, Professor Castleman was a veteran and previously taught at Drake University. He practiced law at a firm in Memphis and later as in-house counsel with a large medical construction client. He has visited at the University of Richmond; Jannus Pannonius University in Pecs, Hungary; and at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in Russia.
Don Castleman has been a constant part of the SEALS community for over 30 years. He was the much-beloved czar of our annual golf tournament, lending his always-wry humor to the awards ceremony at the Gala dinner. As SEALS past-President Vince Cardi remarked on hearing of Don’s passing, “It seemed like Don would always be with us.” He will be missed.
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