In 1932, with his eyesight failing, Vollmer retired from the Berkeley Police Department. Continuing to teach at the University in 1937 he then founded the American Society of Criminology and 1941 and served as its president. In the early 1950s he contracted cancer of the throat as well as Parkinson's disease. He chose to take his own life at the age of 75 on November 4th, 1955. Even in death Vollmer seemed to do the extraordinary things by donating his body to the University of California and all his books to the Police Department. Such a stellar career in Law Enforcement should be celebrated. He truly was a legend in every sense of the word.