Sidebar        College mourns loss of Emeritus Professor Sorensen

Philip C. Sorensen, professor emeritus at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. He was 83. Sorensen joined the faculty at Ohio State in 1973 where he taught until his retirement in 1995. His expertise lay in the area of tax law, but he also taught courses on business associations, torts, legislation, and nonprofits. He is the coauthor of Ascending Liability in Religious and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

During his tenure at Ohio State, Sorensen served not only as a professor, but as an associate dean and director of the Socio-Legal Center, now known as the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies. Under his leadership the Socio-Legal Center grew quickly, sponsoring special programs, developing joint interdisciplinary research projects, and fostering cooperative relationships with other programs.

Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State, Sorensen served as lieutenant governor of Nebraska from 1965 to 1967. He also had experience working as a judicial clerk; partner in a Nebraska law firm; executive director of a foundation; chair of the Project on Corporate Responsibility, Washington, D.C.; and as a college trustee.

Outside of the classroom, Sorensen was a nationally ranked senior tennis player and an accomplished sculptor. His sculptures can be viewed at his website here.

Sorensen is survived by his wife of 58 years, Janice, as well as daughters Rebecca Bowers of Columbus, Karen Sorensen and Josephine Sorensen, both of Portland, Oregon; son Allan Sorensen of Columbus; and five grandchildren. The College offers condolences to his entire family at this time.

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