Dygert Jerry G. Dygert, 64, passed away peacefully at his Minneapolis home on June 30, 2005 after a courageous 14-month battle with pancreatic cancer. A memorial service will be held at Lakewood Chapel of Lakewood Cemetery, 3600 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, at 2:00 p.m., July 28, 2005. The only son of Robert and Kathryn Dygert, Jerry was born in Minneapolis on August 21, 1940, and educated in the Minneapolis Public School System, graduating from Washburn High School in 1958 with highest honors. Jerry attended the University of Minnesota, where he was tapped for Phi Beta Kappa in June of 1961 and received a bachelor of arts degree, magna cum laude, in 1962. By taking part in an accelerated program that allowed him to enroll in Law School classes while still an undergraduate, he completed the law program a year early and received a bachelor of laws magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota School of Law in 1964. While in Law School, he served on the Editorial Board of the Minnesota Law Review in 1963- 1964, was awarded membership in the Order of the Coif for high attainments in the study of law, and was elected to Phi Delta Phi, the honorary legal fraternity. Jerry began his legal career at the Wall Street Law Firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton and was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of New York in March 1966. Later, after serving on the faculty of Rutgers University School of Law, Camden, NJ, as an Assistant Professor, he returned to Minneapolis to join his father in the private practice of law. Jerry specialized in probate and trust law, fields in which his expertise came to be widely acknowledged. He was a member of the Ramsey County, Minnesota, and American Bar Associations; a member and chair of the Legislation Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section; a member, secretary, Vice Chair and Chair of the Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section; and a Member of the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Probate Forms Committee. He frequently taught continuing legal education seminars and was Content Editor of the Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Probate and Trust Law Deskbook. Jerry was pleased to be elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council in 1990 and honored to receive the Eugene P. Daly Award in Recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Practice of Law in the State of Minnesota. In recent years, Jerry's intellect coupled with his broad and expansive view of the World, allowed him to play a crucial role as Global Legal Advisor in his partner's fund management expansion. He possessed a well honed capacity to absorb seemingly unlimited doses of complex clauses and considerations and to compose an impeccable international legal agreement. In one massive session, he drafted an agreement with the Indian Government's Centre for the Development of Advanced Computing to bring the first Indian supercomputer to Singapore that, with only minor amendment, was accepted by all parties and governments involved. Jerry will be remembered for his brilliant mind, his keen wit, and his love of fine music, art, good food and friends. At home in many parts of the world, he was always a gracious and generous host. He loved walking-- both in the Twin Cities and in his winter home at Melbourne, Australia-- travel and wine; and, thanks to a discerning ear, he could debate the fine points of a classical music performance with the expertise of a professional. Jerry is survived by his partner of 35 years, Donald Drapeau; his sister, Jean Dygert Emlet, and her husband Jerry of Manchester, Iowa; his brother-in-law, Kurt H. Jensen, and wife Gerry, of Minnetonka; in-laws Raylene Kopp and husband Dean, of Colchester, Connecticut: aunt, Betty Dygert Swanstrom of Bloomington; nephews, K. Andy Jensen, of Waupaca, Wisconsin, Jesse Emlet, of Iowa City, Iowa, Kevin Kopp, West Hartford, Connecticut, and nieces Kim Jensen Drath, Altura, MN, Jolaine Emlet Mast, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Melinda Jensen of Chicago, IL, Rebekka Jensen, of Minnetonka, MN, and Wendy Lee Kopp, of Colchester Connecticut. He is also survived by many cousins and 7 great nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed by all his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Kathryn Dygert, his sister, Marilyn Dygert Jensen and his grandparents, Andrew and Wava Dygert and Walter and Elsie Bleecher. Memorials may be made to: Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 1869, Merrifield, VA 22116-9644.

Published on July 7, 2005


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