- October 7, 1935 - June 22, 2013
- Austin, Texas
of Michael's Passing
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“During his first years of teaching, Mike was my professor. He was a mentor to me. I will miss him and remember him.
1 of 32 | Posted by: Louis Sirico - Villanova, PA
“I was stunned to hear of Mike's passing. I was a hallmate of Mike's in his freshman dorm at Antioch and I greatly respected his intellect and wit...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Adelbert (Del) Jenkins - Oberlin, OH
“To the Sharlot Family,My sincere condolences to Susan, Sarah and Matthew,Love Lici Torton
3 of 32 | Posted by: Lici Torton - New York, New, NY
“My sincerest condolences, with so many beautiful memories, i feel a great loss. thinkingof him with great admiration, his life is an inspiration of...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: ina Torton - New York, NY
“Mike was a friend from Antioch, a wonderful and wise personwho we will greatly miss.
5 of 32 | Posted by: richard brook - Bloomsburg, PA
“Dear Sue and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Michael's passing and want to send you all my deepest expression of sympathy at his loss.
Although...Read More »
6 of 32 | Posted by: Dr. Larry Block - Deerfield Beach, FL
“I appreciate the photograph you have chosen for Mike, because what I remember more than anything else about him (other than his tremendous intellect)...Read More »
7 of 32 | Posted by: Sandy Shapiro - AUSTIN, TX
“Our deepest sympathy goes out to Michael's entire family.Please know that our prayers are with you during this difficult time.How very proud you must...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Gary & Linda Lang - Ashland, OH
“On the day I graduated law school in 1972, I introduced my parents to my teacher and squash opponent, Professor Sharlot. He shook their hands, looked...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Murry Cohen - Houston, TX
“So sorry for loss. Wishing your family comfort in your time of sorrow.
10 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine Dietrich - Parma Heights, OH
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.. May the Peace of
Our Lord and Savior be with you.
11 of 32 | Posted by: Jim Geary - Jackson, MS - Friend
“He was a great teacher, man, and law school dean and will be missed by many. My condolences to his family.
12 of 32 | Posted by: Carol Cunningham - Lakeway, TX
“I wanted to express my deepest condolences on the loss of Mike to Sue and the entire family. Dr. Ingram
13 of 32 | Posted by: Wayne W. Ingram, MD - Lakeway, TX
“He loved life as he loved his Sue and family .... With passion
14 of 32 | Posted by: Mark & Tina Davis - Austin, TX
“We are sorry to learn of the passing of Michael, but grateful for his work with the Peace Corps.Our Condolences,The National Peace Corps Association
15 of 32 | Posted by: A friend
“My Condolences. Mike and I sat on Westlake Hills Zoning and Planning together many years ago.
16 of 32 | Posted by: Beverly O'Brien - Westlake Hills, TX
“My condolences. Mike and I sat on Westlake Hills zoning and planning together many years ago.
17 of 32 | Posted by: Beverly O'Brien - Westlake Hills, TX
“Dean Sharlot was not only a brilliant scholar, he was the kindest and gentlest of men. He patiently guided me to see the 'larger picture' when I...Read More »
18 of 32 | Posted by: Polly Husted - Austin, TX
“Michael Sharlot was a joy to know, both as a law school professor and as a friend. We will miss his wit and passion.
19 of 32 | Posted by: Jo Clifton and Roger Duncan - TX
“I was saddened to hear of the passing of Mr.Sharlot. My condolences to you, Mrs. Sharlot and your family. I will truly miss him passing the reception...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Mary
“Just heard this sad news several thousand miles away. Susan, and family, so sorry for your loss. But how nice to know Mike was having a good time...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Deena Mersky - Austin, TX
“Michael and Susan are very special. Their generous nature benefited many people. We are grateful for the opportunity to know both of them.It is said...Read More »
22 of 32 | Posted by: A friend
“Mike Sharlot always paid attention to what was being said, he asked pointed questions and had a twinkle in his eye. My love to Sarah, Matt & Susan.
23 of 32 | Posted by: Lanora Davidson - Austin, TX
“We just got to know you and Susan this past year, but you, Mike, will be missed.Janet & Lester Reed
24 of 32 | Posted by: A friend
“I had the great fortune of being in Dean Sharlot's last class of students. He was a brilliant professor and such a sweet, genuine man. My friends...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Mary Hallman Smith - Fort Worth, TX
“It's been many years, but I remember him so clearly as the witty, bright, engaging law professor. My absolute favorite at the law school. He touched...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Jill Adler
“Susan, the boys, and I fondly remember the pool parties at Mike and Sue's house. Mike was a true mensch. A good friend, he combined a sharp wit...Read More »
27 of 32 | Posted by: Mark Gergen - Berkeley, CA
“Michael's large warm heart and keen and thoughtful mind will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to know him. We will miss him terribly. Our...Read More »
28 of 32 | Posted by: Louise Epstein - Austin, TX
“My thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Professor Sharlot's daughter, Sarah, and to his entire family. He was a gifted teacher who encouraged us not...Read More »
29 of 32 | Posted by: Johncy Mundo - Austin, TX
“My favorite professor at UT Law and a very decent man, took all of his classes.
30 of 32 | Posted by: Jim Baggett
“Professor Sharlot so profoundly impacted my development as a lawyer. He was a remarkable teacher and it was an honor to know him. My condolences to...Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: Eric Galton - Austin, TX
“Our deepest sympathy to the Sharlot family. Dean Sharlot was an enthusiastic and energetic leader at the law school. John and Cynthia Adkins
32 of 32 | Posted by: John Adkins - Houston, TX
Maurice Michael (Mike) Sharlot, former Dean of the University of Texas School of Law and long-time professor of law, died on June 22, 2013 after suffering a stroke while on a cruise in Alaska. Mike was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 7, 1935 to immigrant parents. His father was a carpenter and his mother a homemaker. He grew up in Brooklyn, and in Philadelphia, and the small Pennsylvania town of Delaware Water Gap, where his parents had a boarding house and nobody went away to college. Mike described his life in Delaware Water Gap as very much a Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn existence; a lot of time spent on the Delaware River and the large creeks in the area.
After graduating as valedictorian from Stroudsburg High School, he worked his way through Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was at Antioch that he met and fell "head over heels" (his words) in love with Susan Siegel, who was but 18 when he married her. After the ceremony, the rabbi said he was sorry he had married them because they were so immature he was sure it would never last. Fifty-six years of a great romance have proved him wrong. After getting married, Mike and Sue went to Melbourne, Australia where Mike had a Fulbright Scholarship. He then studied law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law which awarded him a scholarship and stipend, needed to support his already growing family.
When the Peace Corps was barely six months old, Mike joined its legal ranks, ultimately becoming General Counsel. But the best years of his life began when he moved to Texas in 1969 to become a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. His wonderfully irreverent wit was not held against him there -- perhaps it was an asset. He soon became known as an expert in criminal law and evidence. He gave generously of his time in improving the administration of justice in a wide variety of ways. These included his service as one of the primary drafters of the original Texas Rules of Evidence, service on the Texas Punishment Standards Commission, as a Westlake Hills municipal judge and zoning and planning commissioner, and on numerous professional and governmental committees. He collaborated with colleagues to produce a leading casebook on criminal law and a two-volume treatise on the Texas law of evidence.
But Mike's passions were his teaching and his administrative work. In the classroom, he was known for his quick wit and mastery of the Socratic method. A recipient of the Texas Exes' Teaching Excellence Award, Mike had legions of devoted students. They all admired his incisive intellect and wit, which were obvious from the outset. Many of them -- particularly those who faced personal hardships -- also discovered that Mike was a man of enormous compassion and kindness, willing to spend hours talking with them and assisting in any way he could.
Mike was named Dean of the Law School in 1995. He presided as Dean at a turbulent time. Not long after his appointment, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decided the Hopwood case, declaring that the Law School's affirmative action program in admissions was unconstitutional. One of his major contributions as Dean was leading the school's fight to maintain its student diversity.
At the end of his term, Mike returned to full-time teaching and remained a valued colleague until his retirement in 2007.
Despite his brilliance and renown as a legal scholar and Dean, he is perhaps best remembered for his personal qualities – he had a great heart for friendship and a complete generosity of mind and spirit. He balanced wit and compassion and rigor of thought with what amounted to perfect pitch. As a result, a community naturally formed around the Sharlots that made room for everyone – whether you were Ann Richards or Molly Ivins or a timid newcomer who needed a welcome – you found a place set for you at their huge and well-used dining room table. Their summer pool parties were legendary for hospitality, kids and the best conversation you can have in a wet bathing suit. And ping-pong, too.
Finally, it is only fair to note that Mike's boundless charisma was doubtless aided by his movie-star good looks, his attention to wardrobe, and his courtly manners – he cut a dapper figure in a three piece white suit.
Mike considered himself the most fortunate of men. In addition to his family he had many lifelong friends who were near and dear to him. With them, he explored Texas and the world of conversation, laughter, and the love of argument. To say that Mike will be missed by his family and friends does not do justice to the sentiment.
He was predeceased by his parents Sam and Helen Sharlot and his in-laws Isadore and Julia Siegel. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Susan Siegel Sharlot, his sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Fred Zusman, his daughter Sarah Sharlot Dietrich and husband Fred Dietrich, his son Matthew Sharlot and wife Karen Keohane Sharlot, his nephew and niece and their spouses, Robert and Tia Zusman and Rosanne and Bob Jacobs, and his adored grandchildren Sam, Max, and Julia Dietrich. Mike felt enormously lucky in his family and took great pleasure and pride in them all.
Mike was a true original, no substitutes possible. His many friends found him to be an inspiration on how to live life and extract its joy to the very end.
A memorial service will be held at Weed-Corley-Fish South Congress, 2620 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. If you would like to make a contribution in Mike's memory, please consider the University of Texas Law School Foundation at www.utexas.edu/law/about/foundation/ or the University of Texas Butler School of Music at www.music.utexas.edu/development/make_a_gift/.