MONTGOMERY, AL - On Sunday, July 24, 2016, Faulkner Law Professor John Garman left this world to be with his Lord. Garman's passing ended a long fight with lung and brain cancer during which he never lost his joyful spirit. Garman is survived by his wife Rhonda Mayse Garman.
Prior to joining the Faulkner Law faculty in the fall of 2000, Garman practiced law in Nashville, Tennessee. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Lipscomb University in Nashville while in private practice. Before entering law practice he received his Juris Doctorate at Vanderbilt University School of Law. He also received an LL.M. in European Comparative Law from the Université de Droit, d'Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille in Aix-en-Provance, France.
"Professor Garman was one of those rare people who truly loved his students and they loved him in return," said Faulkner Law Dean Charles Nelson, "He was devoted to their learning and took great pride in their success."
In addition to being an outstanding classroom teacher, Garman was a dedicated and student-focused servant in the law school community. He served as faculty advisor to the Black Law Students Association, and helped establish Faulkner Law's annual Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium. Garman also served as the founding faculty advisor to the Faulkner Law chapter of the American Constitution Society. Faulkner's ACS Chapter has been recognized on multiple occasions as one of the most active chapters in the nation. Garman served as moot court advisor to many of Faulkner's prestigious advocacy teams, including Faulkner Law's first national finalists in the ABA's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Garman published multiple articles and essays in national law journals.
In 2013, shortly before his diagnosis, Garman was awarded the Professor of the Year award by the Faulkner Law Student Bar Association. He also received the award in 2002 and 2008. He was known as a caring, joyful, energetic, humorous, and kind mentor, advisor, colleague, and friend. Students also knew him as the sequined-gloved upright bass player of the Goat Hill String Band and the tireless promoter of Pattypalooza, an annual music festival in Lascassas, Tennessee. Garman's enthusiasm for life and his love of the law made him an exceptional member of the law school community.
Visitation services will be conducted on Tuesday, July 26, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home, 320 W. Seventh Street, Columbia, Tennessee. Funeral services will also take place at Oakes and Nichols on Wednesday, July 27 at noon. Burial services will follow at Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Tennessee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of John Garman be made to either LUNGevity Foundation, 228 S. Wabash Ave. #700, Chicago, Illinois, or to Drum Corps International, 110 W. Washington Street, Suite C, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204.