Edwin M. Zimmerman ’49 LL.B.
October 6, 2012
Edwin M. Zimmerman ’49 LL.B. was an antitrust law expert who served as head of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust division in the late 1960s. He passed away on October 6, 2012, at the age of 88.
Zimmerman, a native New Yorker, graduated from Columbia College in 1944. He served in the U.S. Army as a radio officer during World War II before enrolling at Columbia Law School. After graduating in 1949, Zimmerman worked as a law clerk for Judge Simon H. Rifkind ’25 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stanley F. Reed one year later.
Zimmerman focused on antitrust law as part of the litigation group at Sullivan & Cromwell before accepting a faculty appointment at Stanford Law School in 1959. In 1965, he took a leave of absence from Stanford to become director of policy planning for the antitrust division of the U.S. Justice Department. Later that year, he was promoted to deputy assistant attorney general, and, in 1968, he was chosen to lead the division.
Moving back into private practice, Zimmerman became a partner at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., in the late 1960s and continued to specialize in antitrust law. Outside of his legal practice, Zimmerman held a wide range of interests. He was a published poet, and his work has appeared in various journals. His collection, A Piercing Happiness, was published in 2011. Zimmerman was also a dedicated rug collector, and he served as president of the board of trustees of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.
Zimmerman is survived by his wife, Caroline; his two daughters, Sarah and Miriam; his son, Lyle; and his granddaughter, Rebecca.