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OBITUARY

Robert Louis Felix

April 7, 1934March 24, 2020

COLUMBIA - Robert Louis Felix born to Rosalie LeFloch and Camille Auguste Felix on April 7, 1934 in Detroit, Michigan, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended St. Francis de Sales School, Hoffman Elementary School and graduated from Walnut Hills High School where he ran track and played basketball. He attended the University of Cincinnati majoring in English Literature & Philosophy. He ran varsity track and joined Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He obtained his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati and was a member of the Law Review. He served in the Ohio National Guard and with the Army at Ft. Knox before going west to the University of British Columbia. There he met his wife, Judith Joan Grossman. After graduating with a Master of Arts in Victorian Literature, he and his bride headed to Oxford, England. The study of Old English Law at Pembroke College led him to accept a teaching position at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Ford Fellowship then sent him to Harvard Law School where he obtained an L.L.M. He accepted a teaching position at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he specialized in Torts, Products Liability, Conflicts of Law, and Law & Literature. He served as the Chair of the Faculty Senate, three time Chairmen of the Faculty Advisory Committee, a member of the President’s Advisory Group, and President of the Southeastern Law School Association.

During this time, his publications included co-authorship with Patrick Hubbard of THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW OF TORTS, which has been updated annually since its original publication. He co-authored a number of editions of a casebook and treatise AMERICAN CONFLICTS LAW as well as numerous articles in legal journals on Law & Literature.

In 1975-1976, he spent a year in France with his family as a visiting lecturer and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and the University of Brussels.

After nearly 40 years as a fulltime faculty member, he retired but continued teaching some of his favorite classes such as Roman Law, Law & Literature and Conflicts of Law at both USC Law School and Gray’s Inn of Court, London, England.

He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Chairman of Parish Council, President of the Thomas Cooper Society at USC Library, and President of Meadowfield Neighborhood Association. He was also an avid tennis player for many years.

He was predeceased by his son Robert Christopher “Randy”, and is survived by his wife Judith, their children: Danielle Nisbet (Chip), Bridget Kneece (Rex), R. Nicholas Felix (Lindy) and Conan Peter Felix (Ali); and grandchildren: Connor, Marion and Gray Williams; Madelon (Gilly Dotterer), Patrick, Salters and Piers Kneece; Jack, Camille and Lila Felix; and Rosalie Felix.

Due to current circumstances, there is no memorial service scheduled. The family respectfully requests any memorials be made to “USC Foundations”, Robert L. Felix Scholarship Fund, University of South Carolina School of Law Development, 1525 Senate Street, Room 255, Columbia, SC 29208.

In parting, he leaves us with his favorite toast: “May you love greatly and be greatly loved.”

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Jim Bogle

April 4, 2020

Where to begin. Bob terrified me in torts my first year of law school in 1970. But it didn’t take long to realize what a personable man he was, and we became friends when I taught there and after, whenever I would see him. To the family, please accept my sympathies, for a truly wonderful husband and father.
Jim Bogle, Columbia.

Robert Patterson

April 2, 2020

It is impossible to do justice to my friendship of over fifty years with Bob Felix. From our first meeting, it involved our wives, Judy and Ruth, notably on foreign trips, and also our families, especially on vacations at Fripp Island. Bob was an institutional man, intensely loyal to Family, Church, State, The Law School, and The University. I observed some of his best political skills in faculty governance roles we often shared. If you were in one of his circles of friends -- the Wednesday diners, THE ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out) you got to savor some of his best qualities: intelligence, wide interests, and droll wit. He thrived in conversations about literature, history, legal issues, politics, films, and sports -- loved allusions to them by single word, phrase, sentence or "to go down memory lane" by means of them. In conversation he always was more interested in you than in talking about himself. He loved jokes ranging from references to shared experiences to comedic one-liners from the days of Great Radio. He was a fierce competitor in Bridge, Tennis, and Chess, but always gracious in defeat. Bob, with Judy's help, fought against his decline with great courage.

Jim Lawracy

March 31, 2020

Judy I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My memory is of the summer when I built your “garage” so Bob would have a place to exercise.
God Bless
Jim

Aaron Wozniak

March 31, 2020

I'm sorry for your Family's loss. My sincere condolences.

James Underwood

March 30, 2020

Bob Felix was one of our most distinguished scholars and teachers. He was the co-author of a leading national treatise on conflict of laws, and the co-author with our colleague, Pat Hubbard, of the outstanding text on South Carolina Law of Torts. He was a leader in law school and university governance. He was again and again entrusted with important tasks, which he performed in the most exemplary manner. I have many good memories of Bob. I am particularly fond of my memories of the occasion during which Bob, Harry Lightsey and I were persuaded by a graduate student in the drama department to do a dramatic reading of portions of the transcript of the Andersonville trial of the notorious Confederate prison camp commander, Captain Wirz, when he was tried for war crimes near the end of the Civil War. Bob played the prosecutor and Harry Lightsey the defense attorney, and I was the judge. The reading was held in the law school auditorium. Just as the reading reached its dramatic height, I looked out into the audience and saw both our good friend and colleague George Haimbaugh and our daughter Mary Ann, who was probably around 7 or 8 at the time, sound asleep. But it was an interesting experience anyway and one of the many ways in which Bob showed his broad involvement in art and music, as well as law. Bob had a terrific sense of humor and was especially talented at creating puns. For example, consider his pun that claimed that there were small, mystic creatures living in the Paris subway, and they were called Metro-gnomes. He will be greatly missed.

Paul Denman

March 30, 2020

I was very pleased to be able to show Bob photographs of the grave of King Richard III that I took last summer in Leicester Cathedral. We both shared a liking for that much maligned king. Bob was probably the most erudite and intelligent man that I have ever met and I will miss his counsel and wit.

jan middlebrooks

March 29, 2020

Bob was one of a kind and successful in every area of his life. He was blessed to meet his soulmate in Judy and have beautiful children whose successes reflect the love and guidance that was part of their daily family life. Though I did not personally know him as a teacher, I have heard many of his former students say that he was one of their favorites. In my opinion, there is no bigger compliment. My condolences to the Felix family - I know you’ll miss Bob.

George Geckle

March 29, 2020

I knew Bob Felix for many years as a fellow faculty member at the University of South Carolina and as a friend in various social groups. He was one of the most cultured, witty, and highly- principled men I have ever had the privilege of calling a friend.
Bob was one of the very few men I have ever known to whom the words of Shakespeare's eulogy for Marcus Brutus apply: "His life was gentle, and the elements / So mix'd in him that Nature might stand up / And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'"

My heartfelt condolences to Judy Felix and the Felix family.

George Geckle

John & Maureen Lee

March 29, 2020

Dear Judith and Family,
We are saddened at Bob’s passing. We remember enjoyable times with him at various Thomas Cooper Society and other University of South Carolina events. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Sincerely,
John and Maureen Lee

David Waugh

March 29, 2020

A truly remarkable person and friend. All who knew him were, indeed, privileged. How often do you encounter a person so broadly educated in classic literature and the law? And yet so unassuming, gracious and likeable? At home with any group and a vibrant participant. An unequaled conversationalist on virtually any topic. A unique mixture of wit and wisdom.
I count myself among the many beneficiaries of his friendship.

FROM THE FAMILY