James R. Ahrens, distinguished professor of law, retired from the Washburn University School of Law in 1988 after 40 years of service, longer than any other full-time faculty member in the law school’s history. He joined the faculty in 1948 after serving as special assistant to the U.S. Treasury Department in Chicago and in the Army during World War II. The son of Presbyterian missionaries, Ahrens grew up in India and traveled extensively, cultivating a lifelong curiosity and commitment to learning and teaching. He taught torts and constitutional law and was faculty adviser to the moot court team, which competed in five national finals. He also initiated the annual Law Institute, a forerunner of today’s continuing legal education program. A prominent alumnus established the Ahrens Chair in Tort Law, which provides funds for a faculty member. He earned both a bachelor of arts degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a juris doctor from the University of Chicago. In 1974, he received the Washburn University School of Law Alumni Honorary Life Membership Award.