Maryland Carey Law Mourns the Loss of Joel Fedder ‘58.
Joel Fedder ’58, a passionate environmentalist, philanthropist and friend of Maryland Carey Law’s Environmental Law Program, died Saturday, April 18, after a long illness. Fedder was a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors and of counsel to the Baltimore firm Fedder and Garten, where he practiced tax law and real estate law for 27 years before ultimately retiring to Florida.
A week-long trip with the Sierra Club to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska proved to be transformative for Fedder: He returned and immersed himself in learning more about ANWR’s Wildlife, Native American population and climate change, an issue about which he frequently lectured. His lecture about that trip, given to Maryland Carey Law students, sparked a partnership that will benefit future generations of environmental law students.
Fedder and his wife, Ellen, established the Fedder Environmental Scholars Endowment at Maryland Carey Law. Their goal for the Endowment was to help train the next generation of environmental lawyers “to fight the good fight”. The Endowment supports annual lectures by prominent environmental scholars, and provides opportunities for law students to participate in environmental law conferences across the globe.
“I wanted to help attract the kind of people to the school who are keen to take advantage of those opportunities and make a difference. I also felt I owed something back to the law school. The school enabled me to build my career in law,” Fedder said when he initially made his gift.
”The entire Maryland Carey law community is saddened by the loss of a member of our family” said Dean Donald Tobin of Maryland Carey Law. “Joel has been steadfast in his support of the law school and its environmental law program. We will miss his energy, intelligence, passion, and the difference he made in our community, especially in the lives of our students. We have lost a great man and a great friend. He will be sorely missed.”
In 2014, the Fedders increased their support of the Environmental Law Program by pledging $1 million to endow the Fedder Lecture and the Fedder Scholars Program, and to support senior attorneys in the law school’s Environmental Law Clinic.
“Joel’s work as an advocate for the environment and our law school is inspiring. His support of the Environmental Law Program is an honor,” said Robert Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program.
Understanding the long-term importance of addressing climate change, the Fedders sought to inspire, support and make a difference in the career paths of Maryland Carey Law students committed to working on environmental issues.
As Joel Fedder put it, “success is best when shared.”
“We are truly thankful that Joel shared his success, and passion for the environment, with our law school and our students,” said Dean Tobin.
Services for Joel Fedder ’58 were held on Tuesday, April 21 at the Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Pikesville, MD. Contributions can be made in Fedder's honor to the Fedder Environmental Scholars Endowment Fund.