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Alfred W. Blumrosen

Alfred W. Blumrosen, 86, the Thomas A. Cowan Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus, at the School of Law–Newark, and one of America’s foremost scholars on employment discrimination law, passed away July 23, 2015, in Bonita Springs, Fla., following a long illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. July 29 at the Fuller Funeral Home, Naples, Fla.

Blumrosen taught at the School of Law–Newark from 1955 to 2002, specializing in labor and employment law, and was the school's acting dean in 1974–75.

He is survived by his sons, Alexander and Steven; Alexander's wife, Laure, and granddaughters Erica, Charlotte, and Victoria Blumrosen.

For years until her death in 2004, Blumrosen collaborated closely with his wife, Ruth Gerber Blumrosen, an adjunct professor at the school, most notably on well-regarded research in the field of employment discrimination.

Beyond academia, his activities included a role in shaping the 1965 organization of the EEOC, where he served as the commission’s first chief of conciliations and director of federal-state relations; work as a special attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice; and service as an adviser to the U.S. Department of Labor, for which he developed research contradicting an often popular belief that so-called reverse discrimination was common in cases where affirmative action was applied.

Those wishing to contribute in his memory are directed to the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

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