Hiring Carl Monk led Washburn to hire John F. Kuether for the final vacancy that year, and without having to compete with other schools. Like Monk, Kuether was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. He had thought about law teaching, but only at some future time, so he had not attended the AALS annual meeting. When Monk told Kuether he planned to teach at Washburn and that there was an additional vacancy, Kuether applied to fill it. Monk recommended him and he ultimately received an offer. Both Monk and Kuether were 1971 law school graduates, Monk from Howard and Kuether from Virginia. (p. 247-248).
Our decade of minimal faculty turnover ended swiftly and tragically at the end of the fall semester of 1998. John Kuether was to be on sabbatical the following spring semester to do research. He didn’t feel well... A trip to the Mayo Clinic was required to determine he had small cell cancer in the lungs which had spread with lightening speed. Two weeks later he died. (History of Wa