Roger Cramton (1929-2017)
The Administrative Conference of the United States mourns the passing of Roger Cramton, the second Chairman of ACUS, who died on February 3, 2017, at the age of 87. He served as Chairman from December 1970 until President Nixon appointed him in 1972 to head the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice. Professor Cramton’s academic career included teaching at the law schools of the Universities of Chicago and Michigan, prior to his chairmanship, and at Cornell University, where he was also the law school’s dean.
As Chairman during ACUS’s formative years, Cramton established a diverse program of activity, which included both a comprehensive review of the Administrative Procedure Act and more narrowly focused studies of specific government functions, as well as an educational role not necessarily linked to specific recommendations. He also emphasized the importance and value of advising agencies and legislative committees on the procedural provisions of new legislation.