Memorial Page for 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
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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
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!
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.
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
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.
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
"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"
We will miss you in the library. We enjoyed your conversations. Your
passion for teaching will be missed. Rest in peace.SCD
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