Frank Tuerkheimer, University of Wisconsin Law School emeritus professor who served as an associate special prosecutor for the Watergate scandal, died Sept. 16, 2023, in Madison; he was 84.

Tuerkheimer, who graduated from New York University School of Law, was highly regarded for his wide-reaching experience.

Frank Tuerkheimer
Frank Tuerkheimer

He served as a legal assistant to the attorney general of newly independent Swaziland (now known as Eswatini), helping to write the country's first constitution.

He served as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin for the Carter administration. 

And he co-authored the book "Forgotten Trials of the Holocaust" in 2014; he also taught a course on the subject, important to him because he was born months after his family fled Nazi Germany.

During his time at UW Law, Tuerkheimer primarily taught courses on evidence and criminal practice. 

"Frank combined practical wisdom with a passion for justice in a way that few other law professors can match," said Dean Dan Tokaji.

In his free time, Tuerkheimer enjoyed biking, travel and especially sailing.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Temple Beth El, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison. It will be streamed at

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Submitted by Law School News on September 28, 2023

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