5K run honors law school dean

Law students organized
the memorial to Tim Heinsz
because he loved to run.
Thursday, April 7, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:11 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

Students wanting to remember and honor the late Tim Heinsz have decided to do something the former MU Law School dean loved to do: run.

The MU Student Bar Association will sponsor the inaugural Tim Heinsz Memorial 5K Run/Walk on April 16. Heinsz, Earl F. Nelson law professor and director of the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, died July 2 at 56 of a heart attack.

He had been running on the MKT Trail. All proceeds from the race will benefit the Timothy J. Heinsz Memorial Fund. Participants will receive a T-shirt and refreshments at a post-race gathering.

“It’s a perfect way to honor him,” said Larry Dessem, dean of the law school. “It’s hard to think of him sitting quiet and still. There was an energy in him.”

Heinsz, an avid runner, ran every morning regardless of the weather, said Bob Bailey, Heinsz’s best friend and assistant dean of the law school. Bailey said Heinsz ran at home, on sabbatical and on vacation, covering the city streets of locations such as New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Students and faculty members of the law school also honored Heinsz by donning his trademark bow tie on Sept. 1 at the first Tim Heinsz Bow Tie Day. A few faculty members held a bow tie tying clinic the day before in an effort to teach others how to properly secure them.

“It was not a pretty sight,” Bailey said. “We were not quick studies.”

Bailey has been working with the Student Bar Association to coordinate the event and said registration forms are coming in from across the campus, community and state. Heinsz’s wife and youngest daughter will attend the event.

“He’d be absolutely pleased as punch,” Bailey said.

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