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Submitted by Pepperdine University
3:20 pm PDT May 16, 2020

Pepperdine University today announced the death of Caruso School of Law Professor Jim McGoldrick.

He was 76.

In a statement, university President Jim Gash, who counted McGoldrick as a longtime associate and former instructor, said the passing "is a profound loss to our community.”

“Jim was one of my favorite professors when I was a law student at Pepperdine and was a beloved colleague during my 20 years of teaching alongside him. His dry wit and easy laugh will be greatly missed.”

According to the statement, McGoldrick died from complications of COVID-19. No other details were provided.

In December 2018 McGoldrick received the Waves of Excellence Award for Teaching, and during his career he was recognized five times with the law school’s Outstanding Teacher Award. McGoldrick was a known scholar in the legal community, and he was invited to serve at several law schools around the country as a distinguished visiting professor.

McGoldrick, a 1966 Pepperdine graduate, is survived by his wife, Jan; his daughter, Julie M. McGoldrick; his son, John T. McGoldrick; and his granddaughter, Sadie B. White.

Service information has not yet been announced.