Maxwell Herron Bloomfield III

August 17, 1931 - April 21, 2017
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Maxwell Herron Bloomfield, III, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends at Jennie Sealy Hospital on Friday, April 21, 2017. He was born on August 17, 1931 and was 85 years of age.

Maxwell attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and graduated Valedictorian in 1948 from Kirwin High School. He graduated with distinction from Rice University in 1952, after which time he was drafted into the Army where he proudly served his country. Using the G. I. Bill, Max received an LL.B degree in 1957 from Harvard Law School.  After working for two years in Houston, he entered the graduate program in American History at Tulane University and received his Ph.D. degree in 1962.  He taught history for four years at Ohio State University during which time he married the love of his life, Helen Lorraine Anderson at Sacred Heart Church in 1965. Max accepted a joint appointment with the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in 1985 and taught courses in American legal and constitutional history in the Law School.

Maxwell and Helen enjoyed entertaining his students in their home in Maryland. He often lectured at the Smithsonian Institute and other universities.  In 1998, he retired from full-time teaching.

Professor Bloomfield has published widely in the fields of American legal and cultural history. He was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, the premier organization of legal historians in the United States.

The Bloomfields retired to their home in Galveston where they are both B.O.I.’s.

Maxwell is survived by his loving wife of 51 years and a host of family and friends.

The family will receive visitors starting at 11:00 am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Friday, April 28, 2017. A rosary will start at 11:30 am followed by a funeral mass at 12 noon.  Interment will follow at Calvary Catholic Mausoleum.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Cheryl Ward and support staff for their care.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish in Maxwell’s memory.



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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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There will be a rosary at 11:30 am.

Service Information

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 12:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church


1302 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, April 28, 2017

Time: 1:00 pm

Calvary Catholic Cemetery


2506 65th Street, Galveston, TX, 77551

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Holy Family Parish

Phone: 409.762.9646

1010 35th Street
Galveston, TX 77550
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Born: August 17, 1931
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Bob Dalton, BA '77 JD '80 posted on 8/15/17

I was very, very saddened to learn so belatedly of Dr. Bloomfield's passing via CUA's alumni network. When I was an undergraduate at CUA in the mid-'70's, Dr. Bloomfield encouraged me to take his graduate-level course in American Legal History to 1877. I was only a sophmore and the only non-history major and non-law student in the class, but he made sure I was able to keep up and I did so well on the final exam that I then took not only the second half of the course (American Legal History 1877 to the present) but I also later took both halves of his course in American Constitutional History. He was a truly superb professor. I attribute much of my success in my legal career to his careful coaching during my undergraduate years. He will always be in my prayers.


charles killebrew posted on 4/25/17

In 1935 Maxwell Bloomfield started kindergarten with Edgar Anderson, Philip Meyer, Ebbie Pye, Richard Tobelman, John Schroeder, and Charles Killebrew. We all graduated together from Kirwin High in 1948. We all had utmost respect for Max because he always maintained the highest grades and almost perfect attendance. He inspired us all and we prospered because of his leadership. In later years, when any of us were gathered, we expressed our admiration of his academic accomplishments. Max was always in good spirits, fun to be around, never any negative thoughts. A good christian person and a great conversationalist. Max has all the qualifications to be a saint. He has my vote!