In Memoriam
David  Scalise

David Scalise

1944 - 2013

Professor David Scalise was a highly esteemed educator and researcher, and a much-loved colleague and instructor. He earned his law degree in 1973 from USF, and this began a forty-one year career at the University. His identity as "Professor Dave" was extremely important to him. He was known within USF's community as a warm and dedicated instructor who loved his students and sought to cultivate great minds wherever he found them. In turn, he was beloved among the students, who presented him with teaching awards and repeatedly elected him USF Professor of the Year. Professor Scalise felt that mentoring the next generation of leaders was essential, and he let his work with students guide his various other academic explorations; research, papers and widely-read guides to MBA and law school entry exams.

All in all, Dr. Scalise developed curriculums for and taught more than 25 different courses for undergraduate and graduate law students. His teaching and research spanned a number of academic disciplines, including corporate law, applied mathematics and statistics, ethics and mediation. On June 30, 2013, he was honored by the City of San Francisco in a proclamation that declared him to be "an individual who has demonstrated the highest standards of all a professor should be."

Professor Scalise's research led to a prolific publishing career directed at readers from LSAT and GMAT candidates to leading legal theorists, in areas of pressing current interest such as trademark protection and medical disclosure. His last areas of focus included trademark and trade dress law, mediation and dispute resolution.

Professor Scalise passed away in July 2013 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a much-loved member of the USF community and is greatly missed. Michael J. Webber, then Dean of the School of Management, said "Dave was a gracious and caring individual who was passionate about teaching, and numerous alumni would testify to the profound impact he had on their lives. He touched the lives of many faculty and staff over the years."