Requiescat in pace, Professor Brooke Overby.
Tulane Law School Professor Brooke Overby passed away unexpectedly Wednesday night, August 5, 2009. It is a tragic loss.
Professor Overby was a nationally-recognized expert on commercial law, with a particular expertise in banking, and she was a leading voice on the recent mortgage meltdown. She was an outstanding scholar, she was a much loved and respected teacher, and she was a sage on issues of faculty governance. She was the consummate academic, and her love for her job was reflected in the quality of her work.
In addition, she was just a fabulous person. Indeed, while Brooke had a stellar professional resume, she also had an awesome personal resume. For example, Brooke was fearless traveler who regularly crossed the globe. She often sent me e-mails from locations I could not immediately place on the map. Average travelers go to Paris; Brooke went to Tunisia. Average travelers stay in hotels; Brooke camped in the middle of the wilds. And Brooke was not afraid to squeeze fun into narrow windows. She had no qualms about taking a five day trip of which three days were spent flying to her destination and back. Brooke embraced the “carpe diem” theory of world travel.
Brooke and I became good friends in part due to our bonding while serving together as Tulane Law School representatives to the University Faculty Senate. I never thought I would say “I am grateful for the time I had on University Faculty Senate,” but now I am saying exactly that.
Brooke was young, both in age and spirit, and I am stunned that she is gone. Her passing is a loss for the Law School, for the University, for the academic community, for her family, and for those of us who were lucky enough to consider her a friend. A colleague accurately characterized those of us who knew Brooke well as “bereft.” Bereft.
If you knew Brooke, personally or professionally, and you would like to post in the comments or via e-mail to me your reflections about her, I will pass them on to her family.
Requiescat in pace, Brooke.