Stanford Law School Mourns the Loss of Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, Alumna and Former Trustee


Publish Date:
September 29, 2011
  • Kathleen J. Sullivan
Stanford Law School


Judge Pamela Rymer (photographed by Lisa Romerein)

Rymer, a member of Stanford’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2001, received the Stanford Medal in 2010 for her impressive and lengthy record of volunteer service to Stanford. Two new scholarships have been established in her name.

Judge Pamela Ann Rymer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a Stanford alumna who served on Stanford’s Board of Trustees for a decade, died on Sept. 21.

Rymer, who was 70, died with friends at her bedside, according to an announcement by the federal court. The press release said Rymer, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, had been in failing health in recent months.

Rymer, who served on the federal bench at both the appellate and trial levels for more than 28 years, earned a law degree at Stanford in 1964.

“Pam Rymer was an extraordinary judge – brilliant, thoughtful, dedicated to the craft of doing justice within the law,” said Larry Kramer, the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School. “She was an active and engaged alumna whose counsel benefited countless students and faculty … and deans. But above all, she was a wonderful person, quick to laugh and to smile.”

Read the complete Stanford University In Memoriam.