Louis Herbert Swartz, Ph.D., of Amherst, an emeritus associate professor at the University at Buffalo's Law School and School of Social Work, died June 9 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.
Dr. Swartz was internationally renowned for his expertise in the area of law and human sexuality, especially in regard to gender changing and legal recognition. He published numerous scholarly papers and articles on the topic.
Born in Manhattan, he attended Cooper Union Engineering School and Harvard University, then served in the Army infantry during World War II. After his discharge, he studied history at Oberlin College and earned his law degree from Cornell University in 1950.
Working as an associate attorney in New York City, he went on to earn his master's degree in law from Columbia University in 1957. Twenty years later, he received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia. He also earned a nursing degree cum laude from UB in 1983.
Before coming to UB in 1966, he was a professor of law and social work at Rutgers University and a law professor at Columbia. He served for two years as a research sociologist at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City and was a special consultant to the American Law Institute Penal Code Project at Columbia.
At UB, Dr. Swartz was a key figure in the design and coordination of a dual degree program with the schools of Law and Social Work. He was co-chairman of a symposium on matrimonial law at UB. He also was a member of the advisory committee for the Erie County Department of Social Services Adoption/Mental Health Round-
A member of the UB Faculty Senate from 1997 to 2003, he served for four years on the Senate's Executive Committee. He retired in 2006 and was among 12 retired professors honored by the UB Law School last month.
Dr. Swartz also was a member of the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociology Society, the Harry Benjamin International Gender Dysphoria Association, the International Academy of Sex Research, the Polanyi Society and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. The Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas includes him in its Hall of Heroes.
Surviving are his wife, Calista O'Brien; a son, William K.; a daughter, Zoe Swartz Koston; and a brother, Robert G.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave.