The University of Miami School of Law mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus George C. Onoprienko, who passed away on Monday, May 11, 2009. Professor Onoprienko taught at the Law School from 1951-1997 before retiring to Jensen Beach, Florida.
Born on January 1, 1925 in Taunton, Massachusetts, Professor Onoprienko received two degrees from the University of Miami – a B.B.A. in 1948 and a J.D. in 1951. He began teaching at the Law School shortly thereafter. His contributions to the School and to the local community were numerous.
As a member of the Dade County task forces on battered women and abused children, he researched and drafted legislation that was passed by the Florida Legislature. He was a past chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Ethics in Family Law, and served as a member of the Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee. His publications included Cases and Materials on Florida Appellate Practice and Procedure: Civil, Criminal, and Administrative and Cases and Materials on Florida Domestic Relations.
At the University of Miami, Professor Onoprienko served as faculty representative to several intercollegiate athletic organizations, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the College Football Association, the Athletic Federation, the UM Intercollegiate Athletic Governing Board, and the UM Liaison Committee of the Dade County Sports Authority. A devoted Hurricane, Onoprienko was an enthusiastic fan of Hurricane athletics and rarely missed a football or baseball game.
Affectionately referred by his students as "The G-Man," Professor Onoprienko approached the classroom with a style that was straightforward, entertaining and insightful. He taught Domestic Relations and Florida Appellate Practice and Procedure. His classes were always filled to capacity and he was extremely popular among the students.
Professor Onoprienko once said before his retirement, "I've had the pleasure of teaching here at the Law School for 40 years, and I enjoy it as much now as I did the first day."
Professor Onoprienko is survived by his wife Doris and his brother John. Condolences may be sent to: Mrs. George Onoprienko (Doris), 188 N.E. Balsam Way, Jensen Beach, FL 34957. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 a.m. at the Aycock Funeral Home, 950 N.E. Jensen Beach Boulevard, Jensen Beach, Florida.