Beverley J. Pooley died at the age of sixty-seven on August 23, 2001, of kidney failure due to complications from pancreatic cancer. His death came shockingly fast, for he had only learned how seriously ill he was the week before. The bare facts about Bev's life cannot begin to describe what he was to the local community, the University of Michigan, and the law school world. Born in England in 1934, he earned B.A. and LL.B. degrees from Cambridge University; and LL.M., S.J.D., and M.A. in Library Science degrees from the University of Michigan. During that time he served in the Legislative Research Center at the Michigan Law School and as a lecturer at the University of Ghana for two years. In 1963 he was appointed assistant professor (later promoted to associate and then full professor) at the Michigan Law School, where he succeeded Hobart Coffey as director of the law library in 1964. From 1984 to 1996 he served as associate dean for the law library after I became its director. In 1998, he retired from the law school.
Leary, Margaret A. "Memorial: Beverley J. Pooley (1934-2001)." Law Libr. J. 94, no. 1 (2002): 177-9.