Boston University School of Law

October 25, 2007

Reuben and Bill Landau at 2006 BU Law Commencement

BU Law mourns the passing of Reuben Landau (’26)

One of the oldest practicing lawyer in Massachusetts, Rueben Landau (’26) delighted many when he spoke at the BU Law commencement last year, without needing the support of a cane, hearing aid, or even so much as a pair of glasses. Honored for lifetime achievement eight decades after his own graduation from the School, Landau remained sharp-witted and healthy up to the very end. 

Landau practiced law in several Boston locations for over 75 years, until he moved his practice—which focused on estates, estate planning and trusts—into his Cambridge home several years ago.  He has worked with his son, Bill Landau (’59), for as long as the two have both been lawyers, and together the father-son team started the firm Landau & Landau.  The senior Landau continued to review documents a few hours each day from his home until finally falling ill less than three weeks ago, according to an October 23 Boston Globe article commemorating the lawyer.

As the oldest child of eight, Landau began his family’s legal tradition when he started attendance at BU Law in 1923 at the age of 19.  Following in his footsteps, five of his siblings also became lawyers, two of whom earned their law degrees from Boston University.  To recognize the great support of the Landau family over the years, in 1986 BU Law honored the seven Landau family members who graduated from the School with the Silver Shingle Award, the highest alumni honor bestowed by BU Law.

“Reuben had a relationship with BU Law for more than 80 years.  His love for the law school was passed on through his family members,” said Dean Maureen O’Rourke.  “He will be greatly missed.” 

Landau passed away with his son and daughter-in-law by his side. Along with these loving family members, a grandson also survives Landau, whose graveside service was held on October 24 in the City of Cambridge Cemetery.

>>View Reuben Landau’s Boston Globe obituary

Reported by Elizabeth Ress