Ruth Ginsburg's Husband, Martin Ginsburg, Dies of Metastatic Cancer

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, laughs with her husband Martin Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, laughs with husband Martin Ginsburg Sept. 12, 2003. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey, File)

(CBS/AP) Martin Ginsburg, the husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a prominent lawyer in his own right, died Sunday from complications of metastatic cancer. He was 78.

The Supreme Court said in a statement that Ginsburg died at home.

Martin Ginsburg was an expert in tax law and taught at New York University, Columbia University and Georgetown University over the course of his career.

His health had been on decline in recent months, and Justice Ginsburg, 77, who has survived two serious bouts with cancer herself, had been juggling her final opinions with hospital visits, USA Today reported.

The Ginsburgs celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary last week. They met on a blind date as undergraduates at Cornell University, and both went on to attend Harvard Law School.

Ruth Ginsburg once described her husband as "the only young man I dated who cared that I had a brain," the Washington Post reported.

When Martin developed testicular cancer in his early 20s, Ruth Ginsburg took notes for him in classes at Harvard and helped him with his studies as he underwent medical treatments, according to USA Today.

Judy Areen, interim dean of Georgetown University Law Center, said Sunday: "Marty Ginsburg was not only one of the most innovative legal thinkers of our time, he was a gifted teacher and respected colleague. He will be deeply missed."

Survivors also include two children, Jane and James.

A private burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery.


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