Thomas Scheuer ’53 was a widely respected, highly skilled attorney and an active member of the Columbia Law School alumni community. He passed away on July 27, 2013, at the age of 85.
Scheuer was born in April of 1928. He studied economics as an undergraduate at American University in Washington, D.C., earning a bachelor’s degree in 1950. Three years later, he graduated from Columbia Law School.
Scheuer served as a private practice attorney for 21 years, including time as a partner at both Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, and Bernstein & Scheuer, before beginning a fruitful and productive period of work as director, vice president, and general counsel at the Louis Dreyfus Holding Company, part of the Louis Dreyfus Commodity Group—a commodities merchandising and trading conglomerate. Scheuer served in that capacity from 1976 to 1996. Thereafter, he took on the role of senior counsel at the company for the next 13 years, before retiring in 2009. During his career, Scheuer also served as chairman of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, a political organization that seeks to elect progressive candidates to Congress.
Scheuer stayed close to his roots at Columbia Law School throughout his life. In 1987, he established the Thomas Scheuer Scholarship, which was given annually to outstanding Law School students. He also founded the Thomas Scheuer Human Rights Internship in 1998. Scheuer served as a member of the Columbia Law School Association Board of Directors for more than 30 years, and was a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors for nearly 20 years. In 1999, the Columbia Alumni Association honored Scheuer with its Alumni Medal, which recognizes graduates for distinguished service to the University.
Scheuer is survived by his wife, Ann; his children, Todd, Gwenn, and Chris; his stepchildren, Carl, Rindy, and Jerry; and 11 grandchildren.