Husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies
Martin D. Ginsburg, 78, a Georgetown University tax law professor whose blind date more than a half-century ago with a quiet undergraduate named Ruth Bader blossomed into an enduring marriage, died June 27 of complications from metastatic cancer at his home in Washington.
Mr. Ginsburg joined the Georgetown faculty about 30 years ago and was one of the nation's preeminent tax law experts. He was also the doting husband of history's second female Supreme Court Justice, playing the roles of sounding board, moral supporter and intellectual sparring partner.
The couple celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on June 23. The foundation of their relationship, they both said, was mutual respect and equality.
Soon after their wedding, young Army lieutenant Ginsburg was assigned to an artillery unit at Fort Sill, Okla. One night, Mrs. Ginsburg presented her husband with a dish he immediately deemed inedible.
"What is it?" he asked.
"It's tuna fish casserole," she replied.
From then on, Mr. Ginsburg took over dinner duties, finding inspiration in an English translation of an Escoffier cookbook that had been a wedding gift.
"As a general rule," Mr. Ginsburg told the New York Times in 1997, "my wife does not give me any advice about cooking, and I do not give her advice about the law. This seems to work quite well on both sides."
In addition to his wife, survivors include two children, Jane Carol Ginsburg, a law professor at Columbia University, and James Steven Ginsburg, founder and president of the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation; and four grandchildren.
A full obituary will follow.
UPDATE: In a statement, Judith Areen, interim dean of Georgetown's law school, said Mr. Ginsburg "was not only one of the most innovative legal thinkers of our time, he was a gifted teacher and respected colleague. He will be deeply missed."
--T. Rees Shapiro
June 27, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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