Tribute to Christian B. Peper, LLB ’35

Christian B. Peper, LLB ’35, a distinguished attorney and longtime supporter of the law school, died on July 11, 2011. He was 100. Peper taught as an adjunct at the law school for many years (commuting from his downtown office by streetcar), established an endowed scholarship, and was instrumental in the funding of the Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel and Hetlage classroom. He received the law school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1984.

In 1941, Peper and two other attorneys founded the St. Louis law firm of Martin Peper Martin. Today known as Husch Blackwell, it is now Missouri’s largest firm. Among his civic involvement, Peper was a great supporter of the St. Louis Art Museum, where he served as chief counsel for many years. He often donated art from his own collection and assisted with the purchase of other works.

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