By Fritz Theyer
On January 22nd, one of the coldest days in recent Washington, D.C.’s history, the latest addition to the Club Rowing Committee (CRC) fleet was delivered by Alex Selvig of Elite Rowing to PBC. A brand-new Filippi mid-weight quad arrived wrapped up in “Filippi” and “Made-in-Italy” plastic covers (see pictures) dusted with salty residues from the road. This new hull will be named Stuart C. Law, following a suggestion of Joe Ledvina, one of PBC’s younger members and a participant in the elite Open Scullers program. Joe’s suggestion beautifully bridges ages and deservedly honors one of PBC’s oldest former members who, at age 79, died doing what he liked best — rowing and competing. As soon as the weather cooperates again, the Stuart C. Law will be the third CRC quad — joining the Citius and Spirit of 1869 — made available to senior members. May you all enjoy this new member of the fleet for years to come!
Below follows a quote from an obituary that appeared in the Pittsburgh TribLive. It summarizes Stuart’s illustrious life and his many interests and achievements.
“Stuart Charles Law, 79, of Bowie, Md., and Mystic, Conn., died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, while participating in the Head of the Ohio Rowing Regatta in Pittsburgh. He was born in 1929, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of the late Stuart and Gertrude (Hoskins) Law. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale in 1950 and graduated from Yale Law School in 1953, where he earned the distinguished position as an editor for the Notes and Comments of the Yale Law Journal. He worked for General Dynamics, the Securities and Exchange Commission and was a professor at George Washington University Law School. Mr. Law was a partner in the law firm of Law and Murphy for many years and was currently practicing maritime law in the Washington, D.C. area. He was involved in many high-profile cases. He was a member of the Potomac Boat Club and was on the board of the Washington Area Marine Dealers Association. An avid athlete throughout his life, Stuart won many races including the 1989 Grand Masters Single men’s Sculling Competition National Title. He ran over a dozen times in the Marine Corps Marathon and was a skier and boater. In 1956, he finished fourth in the Olympic Sculling trials. In the early 1960s, he coached the Howard University Crew. Mr. Law added mountain climbing to his adventures in the early 1980s and his numerous treks included Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Everest and Mt. Rainier. His newest endeavor was flying. He obtained his pilot’s license at age 72. He had a love for bluegrass music and played many instruments including the banjo, guitar and harmonica. Mr. Law was a history buff who had an encyclopedic memory of war history.”
(Stuart C. Law obituary, Pittsburgh, Ohio, TribLIVE, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “Law, Stuart C., 79, Bowie, Md., and, Mystic, Conn.”, n.d., Web, January 24, 2014.)
The full obituary can be read here: http://obituaries.triblive.com/listing/141096/Stuart-C-Law/