Willamettes College of Law Establishes Second Endowed Professorship

Willamette University College of Law has established a new endowed professorship, the Maynard and Bertha Wilson Endowed Professorship, made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Maynard and Bertha Wilson.

The Maynard and Bertha Wilson Endowed Professorship will be used to recruit an outstanding, nationally acclaimed scholar who will lead Willamette's revitalized Law and Government Program. A nationwide search is underway.

Maynard Wilson graduated from Willamette University College of Law in 1940 and practiced law for more than 50 years in Cottage Grove, Ore. He was a hard-working, honorable and dignified man. He was a pillar of his community and gave back to it in multiple ways, including his help in establishing the Cottage Grove Hospital.

As a result of this bequest, the Maynard and Bertha Wilson name will be associated with Willamette and academic excellence in perpetuity. In honoring their memory, this endowed professorship also recognizes the value of the legal careers of many Willamette graduates who lead quiet, productive lives, meeting the needs of ordinary citizens throughout Oregon.

This is the second endowed professorship established at the College of Law this year. The Van Winkle Melton Endowed Professorship is also being used to recruit a nationally acclaimed scholar for the new Law and Business Program, which will begin in the fall 2001.