Alfred C. Emery, 83, former University of Utah president and emeritus law professor, died Sunday, March 17, 2002, in Salt Lake City after being hospitalized for nearly three weeks with various ailments.

He served as U. president from 1971 to 1973 in a career at the school that spanned 40 years. He was also a distinguished professor emeritus of law at the university's S.J. Quinney College of Law.

"Fred was absolutely committed to the welfare of this law school and university," said Scott M. Matheson Jr., dean of the law school. "He provided great service and leadership to both. He gave invaluable counsel and advice to students, faculty and administrators right up to his passing. He was a model of integrity."

Professor Emery received both bachelor's and J.D. degrees from the U., where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Order of the Coif. He had taught contracts, trusts, estates and gift tax classes. He had also served as acting dean of the College of Law from 1961-62, as vice president for academic affairs from 1965-67, as provost from 1967-69, and he received his emeritus appointment at the College of Law in 1989.

"Professor Emery was a stalwart of the university, having helped to build its academic reputation and the modern campus," said John J. Flynn, the college's Hugh B. Brown Professor of Law. "Fred was instrumental in insisting on faculty governance, the reform of the University Senate, and the protection of academic freedom on the campus during the times of controversy."

He also supervised the design and construction of the current College of Law building.

Flynn also said Professor Emery was a defender of academic integrity and among students was known as a kind and caring professor who was willing to go to great lengths to assist them.

The 1901 classroom building northwest of the Park Building on Presidents Circle was named for Emery in 1980.

Funeral arrangements are pending.