Jeffrey Bates

Jeffrey Cauthorn Bates

Wednesday, June 29th, 1949 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Bates, Jeffrey C. of Cambridge passed away on May 7, 2020 after contracting the Covid-19 virus. Mr. Bates, age 70, was admired for his innovative solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts and problems in the fields of international and environmental law. He was a global citizen, an avid sailor, and a lover of Plato’s works and the Maine coast. He is survived by his wife Susan Cooke, his daughters Melissa and Meredith Bates and their mother Elizabeth MacGregor Bates, and his brothers Gregory and Thomas Bates and sister Susan Lowder. Those wishing to make a donation in his memory can contribute to the Delta Education Collective at; a nonprofit inspired by his ideas and suggestions to advance primary school education in Uganda through collaborations between parents, teachers, students, and community leaders. Arrangements are private and under the care of DeVito Funeral Home of Watertown. Please visit to view an online guestbook.
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Brian Tauscher

Posted at 02:40pm
I fear a few words cannot do Jeff justice. We worked closely together for over a decade. He was a thinker and a problem-solver unlike most others, but approached everything with good grace and humor. He could silence a room with a few well-chosen, quiet words. He would reduce a day’s discussion to a few notes in a pocket notebook, then tease entire complex solutions from his scribbles. He loved good food, good wine, the odd grasshopper, Pimms cups, and sharing funny stories. He knew a lot about everything, and loved learning more.
Jeff, I was honored to be your colleague and friend. Rest easy now.

Sylvia Zurlo

Posted at 09:35pm
With the fondest memories of my mentor and dear friend, Jeff Bates.
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Peter Guild

Posted at 12:22am
Jeff - I enjoyed teaching you how to sail. I'm always impressed greatly by your classic yachts. RIP.

Pat Hager

Posted at 06:21pm
Such a kind and gentle man. As your secretary for 35 years, I never saw you raise your voice or lose your cool. You were the definition of class. You will be sorely missed.

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