Longtime UMKC professor Douglas Law died unexpectedly Wednesday. He was 52.
In 1993, Law arrived at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences. He taught undergraduate- and graduate-level anatomy and histology — the study of the structure of cells and tissues in plants and animals — in lecture classes and labs. Students from various schools, including the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy, took his courses.
Law was working out at a gym Wednesday morning when he had a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, daughter and son.
“He was an incredibly popular teacher,” said Theodore White, interim dean of the School of Biological Sciences. “He seriously knew his subjects yet he had a light-hearted approach. Students sought out his classes.”
Any student or faculty or staff member in need should contact the UMKC Counseling Center at 816-235-1635.
A wake will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. April 2 at Muehlebach Funeral Home, 6800 Troost Ave. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. April 3 at St. Peter’s Parish, 815 E. Meyer; respects can be paid starting at 9:30 a.m. A guest book can be signed at the UMKC School of Biological Sciences, 5007 Rockhill Road, Room 114, through April 5. Memorial contributions can be made to the UMKC Doug Law Memorial Fund, UMKC Office of Advancement, 5100 Rockhill Road, No. 229 AC, Kansas City, MO 64110.