|Caleb Foote, 88, Penn Law Professor, Activist and Scholar
BY ANDY GREENBERG
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CALEB FOOTE L’53, former Penn Law professor who served 18 months in prison rather than violate his pacifist ideals, died last March at the age of 88. From an early age, Foote’s career was shaped by an unswerving devotion to peace and justice, whether in political activism or in academic scholarship.
After graduating from Harvard with a master’s degree in economics, he founded the Northern California branch of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, a pacifist organization. During World War II, he applied for non-religious conscientious objector status, was denied, and served six months in prison. Undeterred, he continued after his release to organize conscientious objectors. He was also a vocal opponent of the internment of Japanese-Americans and in 1943, he worked with photographer Dorothea Lange to produce Outcasts, a pamphlet on that subject. In 1945, Foote was again arrested for draft violations. Unwilling to engage in even noncombatant service for what he deemed an unjust cause, he returned to prison for a year before receiving a pardon from President Truman.