Memorial Page for Professor Anthony Palasota

Professor Anthony Palasota

Professor Anthony Palasota, Director of the Center for Legal Pedagogy and beloved Legal Writing Instructor, has died at the age of 65, after a brief illness. A native Houstonian, Professor Palasota earned a baccalaureate and master’s degrees from local universities, St. Thomas and he earned his Ph.D. from Rice. Professor Palasota also earned a Master’s in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.

Professor Palasota worked at Thurgood Marshall School of law for 25 years. Anthony was a true renaissance man, and a true lover of life. Anthony was an art expert, civil liberties advocate, philanthropist, philosopher, scholar, teacher, and teacher of teachers.

Houston-based weekly arts e-journal “Glasstire” stated that “Anthony was a tireless Houston arts supporter. Familiar to everyone as a fixture at Houston openings, for years he religiously put together a weekly email [About Art & Other Events] of art-related happenings in the city. Beginning in June, 2009 with the tweet “Looking for Art,” Palasota logged 1421 messages on art events by February 13, 2012.” Dean Holley noted that “Anthony made all of the contributions identified in the proceeding paragraphs and much more.” We made several national presentations on the art of teaching and academic assessment. He was unfailingly willing to take on and sustain academic initiatives. Professor Palasota was a true believer in the art of the possible, progress by measured steps, and good humor and perspective all along the way. He was a wonderful friend of the law school, its students, alumni, faculty, staff, and a great personal loss. He will be remembered.

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    -Anne Bradley Machen
My condolences to the Palasota family. Professor Palasota will be greatly missed. Anne Bradley TMSL Class of 2003

    -Addie Johnson
My prayers and condolences to the family. You will be missed.

    -Cheryl Love Hanks
My condolences to the faculty, staff, students,alumni, as well as his family, on the passing of Professor Palasota. I knew him during my term as Director of Admissions/Asst Dean for Admissions during the nineties, and I am so sorry to learn of his passing. To many, I know, he was not only a colleague and professor but a friend, and he certainly will be missed!

    -Milesha Elumogo
My condolences to the Palasota family. Professor Palasota, you were a shining light around the law school. You were attentive to students' needs and you always shared a smile in the hallway. You are missed. -Ms. Elumogo, Class of 2014.

    -Trina Leach
What a kind, passionate soul!! Enjoyed the many conversations about art and Italy. I will truly miss your words of encouragement and laughter! Rest in peace! Trina

    -Shantia Shah
Rest in peace Dear professor Palasota you will be dearly missed.

My sincere respect and condolence to the family and loved ones of Professor Palasota. Rest in peace sir.

    -Crystal Taylor
You will be dearly missed. Thank you for all of your time, help, and energy. Hopefully we will all make you proud. -Crystal

    -Richelle N. Jones
My sincere condolences and prayers to the family of Professor Anthony Palasota and TMSL. TMSL was blessed to have Professor Palasota and it will never be the same. Rest in Peace. -RNJ, TMSL Class of 2012

    -Judi Strotkamp
"If I go before I say to everyone in my ballet Let me take this chance to thank you for the dance If I run out of songs to sing to take your mind off everything Just smile, sit a while with the Sun on your face and remember the place we met Take a breath and soon I bet you'll see Without you I would never be me You are the leaves of my family tree Sing together If you knew me from the very start, Or we met last week at the grocery mart Just sing together It's the least that I can do My final gift to you When I'm past the pearly gate, I will find some real estate Where we can settle down and watch the world go round We'll send down all the love we got and let them know we got a spot For them to be and it's all free, The sun on your face and remember the place we met Take a breath and soon I bet you'll see Without you I would never be me You are the leaves of my family tree Sing together If you knew me from the very start, Or not at all you're still a part, just Sing together It's the least that I can do My final gift to you"

    -S. Clark-Davis
We will miss you in the library. We enjoyed your conversations. Your passion for teaching will be missed. Rest in peace.SCD

    -M. Lopresti
To the loved ones of Professor Palasota, I extend my most sincere and heartfelt condolences for your loss. I greatly admired his intelligence and warm nature. I will miss seeing him with a coffee mug in hand and hearing his laughter fill the hallways. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Sincerely, M. Lopresti

    - B. Williams
My sincere condolences to the family of Professor Palasota and all of our TMSL family as well. My thoughts and prayers are with you. BDW

    - L. Darnell Weeden
Professor Palasota was an engaging intellectual who enjoyed sharing information regarding Legal Pedagogy. Tony I will miss your gentle and kind spirit as a respected colleague. Larry


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