First SMU law dean, a mentor to generations of students, dies at 87

Professor Michael Furmston, the first dean of Singapore Management University's School of Law, viewing a sculpture of Mr David Marshall with the late politician's wife Jean in 2011. Prof Furmston died last Sunday. PHOTO: SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSI
Professor Michael Furmston, the first dean of Singapore Management University's School of Law, viewing a sculpture of Mr David Marshall with the late politician's wife Jean in 2011. Prof Furmston died last Sunday. PHOTO: SINGAPORE MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY

Tributes have poured in for the first dean of Singapore Management University's (SMU) School of Law, Professor Michael Furmston, who died last Sunday. He was 87.

He collapsed at his apartment in Kuala Lumpur and died of heart failure about two hours later in hospital, said his daughter, Mrs Rebecca Machin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 05, 2020, with the headline 'First SMU law dean, a mentor to generations of students, dies at 87'. Print Edition | Subscribe