College of Law

University community mourns death of Jonathan Rohr

Posted July 16, 2018

The University of Tennessee community mourns the death of Jonathan Rohr, an assistant professor in the College of Law. Rohr, 35, died in his home July 13, 2018.

“Jonathan was a wonderful colleague and friend. He was already a brilliant scholar and a cherished teacher,” College of Law Dean Melanie Wilson said. “We will deeply miss his vibrant personality. It was contagious. In his all too short life, he touched so many and made a tremendous impact on our community and on the world.”

Rohr began teaching at the University of Tennessee in 2017. His course topics included business associations and securities regulations, and his expertise extended to corporate law and contracts. His research interests focused on the role of private ordering in business associations.

Prior to entering academia, Rohr practiced law for several years, primarily in the New York office of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

He graduated in 2009 as valedictorian of his class at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University and later returned to teach at the school as a visiting professor. He also was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Eastman School of Music, where he studied opera.

Cardozo School of Law Dean Melanie Leslie knew Rohr as a student, a legal professional and then as a colleague.

“It sounds cliché, but he was truly a credit to the profession,” Leslie said. “He was a person of the highest moral character, a beloved member of our community, a brilliant student, a first-rate person, a wonderful colleague, a fabulous teacher, and everyone loved him.”

A memorial service is planned for Friday, July 20, 2018, beginning at 3 p.m. at Bass Smith Funeral Home, 334 Second Street, N.W., Hickory, North Carolina.