John M. Payne, Active Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on June 16, 2009. Professor Payne was a member of the Law Department.
A private memorial will be held at the Paynes' home.
John M. Payne, 67, a Board of Governors distinguished service professor and Justice Frederick Hall scholar at Rutgers Law School, Newark, died on June 16, 2009, of brain cancer. Mr. Payne was a native of Yonkers, N.Y. He attended Yale and married Edith Kaar in 1966. Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Mr. Payne served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy with tours in the United States and Sasebo, Japan. In 1971 he joined the faculty at Rutgers Law School, where he taught until his illness. He was awarded tenure in 1978 and served as the associate dean for nine years. Mr. Payne taught many courses, but most frequently taught constitutional law and land use. He co-authored a textbook in land use law with Daniel Mandelker and others, and was the author of many law review and other articles. Mr. Payne was well known for his tireless work in support of affordable housing rights in New Jersey through the Mount Laurel cases and other work. Although Mr. Payne was trained and practiced as an attorney, his true passion was architecture. He devoted countless hours of service preserving history with the organization Preservation NJ, as well as serving as a member and president of the board of directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. He was always apt to notice the subtle points of a street scene. Mr. Payne lived one of his life's dreams when he purchased Wright's Stuart Richardson house in 1996. As a Wright homeowner and preservationist, Mr. Payne and his wife, Edith, worked tirelessly and with great joy to restore their residence to its earlier glory. Mr. Payne is survived by his wife; his brother, Jeff; his sons, Adam and Matthew; his daughter-in-law, Kelley O'Dell, and his granddaughter, Sydney.
John would appreciate that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made either to the Rosary Hill Home, 600 Linda Ave., Hawthorne, N.Y. 10532, the hospice that cared for him for the past six months, or the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy at savewright.org.
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