Spencer L. Kimball, 85, a world-renowned scholar on insurance law and regulation and the oldest son of the late Spencer W. Kimball, 12th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003, in Salt Lake City.
At age 31, in 1950, he was the youngest dean of the University of Utah Law School. As an insurance lawyer and scholar, he was one of the co-founders of the AIDA, an international insurance law association. Much of his work in insurance law remains a model for insurance codes today.
Born in Thatcher, Ariz., he received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and graduated first in his class. He also served as a lieutenant aboard the U.S.S. Franklin as a Japanese translator and interpreter in World War II. After the war, he enrolled in the U. College of Law and was an academic standout. He continued his legal studies for two years at Lincoln College in Oxford, England, on a Rhodes scholarship, where he earned a B.C.L. degree.
Mr. Kimball was appointed associate professor of law in 1949 at the U. and named the dean a year later. He joined the University of Michigan Law School in 1957 and taught there until 1968.
He was then appointed dean and professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1972. He next was a Seymour Logan Professor of Law at the University of Chicago until his retirement in 1988.
Mr. Kimball had also served as executive director of the American Bar Association Foundation in Chicago. He was also director of the Wisconsin Statutes Revision project. He returned to Utah in 1993 and rejoined the U. as a research professor.
He also helped found the ACLU in Utah in the 1950s.