With the sudden death of Professor David Caron in February 2018, the field of ocean law and policy studies lost one of its most gifted and celebrated leaders. His many contributions to scholarship on oceans issues were only one segment of a large corpus of writings in which he contributed to varied aspects of international and environmental law. All of his major early-career writings, and more than a third of his full corpus of scholarly publications, were in the oceans field. In addition to being a prolific and influential writer, David was a prominent actor in the policy arena, achieved eminence as a lawyer and arbitrator (and most recently, as a judge), and was notable for his accomplishments as an academic institution builder and administrator. One may guess, however, that he would most wish that we should recall that he was a gifted and incredibly dedicated university teacher.