In Memoriam: Wesley Pue


Dr. Wesley Pue

We are saddened to share the news that our friend and colleague Wes Pue, who had been living with cancer for several years, died last week. Wes joined the faculty as the inaugural Nathan T. Nemetz Chair in Legal History in 1993. His scholarship and his work as a community builder at the Law School and the University have made a lasting impact in myriad ways. He nurtured our research graduate programs and invented our LLM Common Law degree. He mentored two generations of legal historians and scholars of legal education and the legal profession in Canada and the around the world.  We shared Wes with the broader UBC community where he served as Vice Provost in Vancouver, and Provost in the Okanagan. Among many accomplishments, Wes established and edited the UBC Press Law & Society book series, now with more than 100 books and growing, and an unquantifiable impact on law & society scholarship. We have lost Wes far too soon, but his optimism, his energy, his boundless curiosity, his belief in others, and his ferocious intellect continue to inspire us.

Catherine Dauvergne
Dean and Professor

Learn more about Professor W. Wesley Pue on the Allard School of Law History Project website