Waltz, Jon R(ichard) 1929-2004

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WALTZ, Jon R(ichard) 1929-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born October 11, 1929, in Delta, OH; died of a heart attack, January 9, 2004, in Holland, MI. Attorney, educator, and author. Waltz was a longtime Northwestern University law professor known for his expertise in court procedure and for coauthoring the best-seller The Trial of Jack Ruby (1965). Graduating with honors from the College of Wooster in 1951, he earned a law degree from Yale University in 1954, while also serving as an editor of its law review. He then joined the law firm of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland, Ohio, and was chief prosecutor for the city of Willowick from 1958 to 1964, when he took a post at Northwestern. Waltz would spend his entire career there, including a period from 1969 to 1974 as instructor in medical jurisprudence; he retired as Edna B. and Ednyfed H. Williams professor of law emeritus in 1996. A popular teacher with his students, Waltz was the coauthor of the influential Cases and Materials on Evidence (1968; 8th edition, 1995), as well as many other law publications, such as Criminal Evidence (1975; 3rd edition, 1991) and Evidence: Making the Record (1979; 9th edition, 1999). His knowledge of trial procedures and evidence helped make The Trial of Jack Ruby, written with John Kaplan, a highly regarded study of the inner workings of court cases.



Chicago Tribune, January 16, 2004, section 3, p. 10.


Holland Sentinel (Holland, MI), http://www.hollandsentinel.com/ (March 19, 2004).