In Memory of Professor George Nock

George NockSeattle University School of Law is deeply saddened by the sudden death of George Nock, a beloved professor at the law school from 1974-1997.

Professor Nock taught in the areas of administrative law, criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, law and religion, professional responsibility and property. He earned a B.A. with Distinction from San Jose State University in 1961; J.D., Hastings College of Law in 1966; Editor in Chief of Hastings Law Journal; and Order of the Coif.

From 1966-72, Professor Nock was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. In that capacity, he represented the state in criminal appeals and state correctional officers in post-conviction relief actions and Civil Rights Act suits. He practiced before California courts at all levels, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1972-74, he served as a senior deputy district attorney of Marin County, California, heading the Appeals and Law & Motion Division of the District Attorney´s Office.

Professor Nock´s publications include contributions to the University of Puget Sound Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Brigham Young University Law Review, Connecticut Law Review and Criminal Law Bulletin.

He is remembered fondly by the thousands of students whom he taught at the law school, as well as by his faculty and staff colleagues, past and present. Professor Nock inspired us with his passion and his intellect, and he made us laugh at his outrageous puns. We will miss him.


Born November 22, 1938 in Boise, Idaho, died September 23, 2005 in Tacoma. George taught law at the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law) for 23 years. George loved teaching, loved his students, and was known far and wide for his sense of humor, bad jokes and puns, warmth and generosity. Some of his fondest professional memories besides teaching included arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and serving as Editor in Chief of the Hastings Law Review. Before that, George was a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Marin County, California, and a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California.

George leaves his love and best friend, Merry Kogut, with whom he enjoyed traveling, fine dining, talking for hours, and singing Cole Porter songs; his beloved family, son Robert Nock, his wife Susan and their daughter Julia; daughter Pauline Nock; and daughter Mary Mannering, her husband Scott, and their children, Halla and Lucia; former wives Marilyn and Marnie; and many other relatives and friends in the U.S. and Canada.

The family would like to thank the wonderful Tacoma firefighters and EMTs, wonderful staff in the ICU at St. Joseph’s Hospital, and George’s wonderful and caring doctors, Dr. McCowen, Dr. Krick, and Dr. Di Re and their staff.

A celebration of George’s life was held at the Tacoma Club on Saturday, October 1. Please feel free to read and add to the online guestbook for George.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the George R. Nock scholarship, c/o Dean Kellye Testy: School of Law; Seattle University; Sullivan Hall; 901 12th Avenue; Seattle, WA 98122.

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