Name: William Dennis HAWKLAND
Birth: 25 NOV 1920 in Maynard, Chippewa Co., Minnesota
Death: 7 NOV 2004 in Baton Rouge, LA
Reference Number: 15595
William Dennis Hawkland
November 14 2004
BATON ROUGE: W. D. Hawkland. Chancellor Emeritus of Law and Boyd Professor known internationally as a pre-eminent scholar and expert on the Uniform Commericai Code and Banking Law - died in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, following an extended illness. He was 83.
William Dennis Hawkland was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Willmar. Minn. He grew up in the small town of Maynard and later moved with his family to Minneapolis, where he graduated from Washburn High School. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota, graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics, and entered Law School.
With the outbreak of World War II, Bill joined the Navy and rapidly ascended to the rank, of Lieutenant. At sea, he served as Navigator aboard the USS Capella (AK-13) in the Atlantic and the USS Southampton (AKA-66) in the Pacific. During his tour of duty he was action at D-day, Iwo Jima and Okinawa among other significant navel operations and engagements.
Like many other GI?s, Bill returned home to continue his education at the conclusion of the war. He received an LL.B. from the University of Minnesota in 1947. At Minnesota, he served as Editor of the Law Review and received the Order of the Coif. Following graduation. Bill took a position with Foundation Press the largest publisher of casebooks in the United States. In only two short years his career blossomed as he rose to the position of Vice President. Despite this success, the academic world called and he enrolled in Columbia University Law School where he obtained an LL.M. in 1949. While at Columbia, two momentous events occurred. He had the great fortune to study under his mentor. Karl Llewellyn, and to meet Rosemary Neal of Shreveport, La. - the great love of his life - whom he would marry Aug. 27, 1949.
With his new bride. Bill next moved to Knoxville, Tenn. to begin his career as an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. His opportunities for advancement grew along with his reputation. In 1951, he joined the faculty at Temple University where he attained the rank of full Professor. Next came positions at UCLA, Rutgers and the University of Illinois. In 1964, Bill decided to try his hand at administration and joined the SUNY law faculty at Buffalo as Dean and Professor. He took on the additional responsibilities of University Provost in 1967 -a position he held until 1971. After seven years in Buffalo, he then returned to a calmer existence at the University of Illinois. There he remained until moving to Baton Rouge in the spring of 1979 to join the faculty and become first Chancellor of the LSU Law Center. Ten years later, in June 1989, Bill retired as Chancellor Emeritus of Law and Boyd Professor.
Besides the positions listed above. Bill served briefly on the faculties of UCLA, University of Texas. NYU and University of Minnesota as a Visiting Professor. Internationally, he similarly served on the Faculte Internationale Pour 1? Enseignement du Droit Compare (Strasbourg, France) and University Catholique De Louvain.
Bill was one of the most accomplished legal educators in the country. This, however, was not all. He worked tirelessly throughout his career at the highest levels to draft, promulgate and generally advance the Uniform Commercial Code, banking and related laws throughout the United States. To this end, he was equally a prolific writer and lecturer over his career.
Beyond his definitive publication (Uniform Commercial Code Series, at 18-volume treatise heralded as ?the single most important work on the UCC in America?), Bill authored more than 18 other books and 75 law review articles. Additionally, Bill wrote many articles and contributed to the books, articles and compositions of others too numerous to mention here.
During his career, Bill received many honors and awards, among the most notable were: Honorary1 Doctor of Laws degree (University of Minnesota), Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree (University of Aix-Marseille, France), Order of the Coif, A.B.A. Scribe, Baily Lecturer (Louisiana State University), Teacher of the Year (University of Illinois), Teacher of the Year (University of Minnesota), Boyd Professor (Louisiana State University), ABA Medal of Excellence, Tucker Lecturer (Louisiana State University) and Louisiana Bar Foundation Distinguished Professor.
Other professional activities during his distinguished career included service as: Director of American Arbitration Association; Adviser, State Department of the United States (on many international commercial treaties); Chief Delegate of the United States to Rome Treaty on Bona Fide Purchasers; Editorial Consultant to Commercial Law Journal; Member of the Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC, Uniform Law Commissioner (State of Louisiana), Member Louisiana State Law Institute, and Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Law School Administration.
Chancellor Hawkland was a long time member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. His two sons, William Jr. and Stephen, survive him along with his daughters-in-law, Julie and Perly; five grandchildren, Renee Livingston, Christopher, Casey, Nicholas and Eric Hawkland; and one great-grandson, Wesley Livingston, all of Baton Rouge. He is also survived by his brother, Douglas F. Hawkland, of Aberdeen, Md.; and his brother and sister-in-law, John D. and Anne Hawkland, of Danbury, Wis., and Sun City West, Ariz.
A memorial service for William D. Hawkland will be held at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. 8470 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, La., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004.
The Rev. Steve Crump will preside.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the William D. Hawkland scholarship and memorial fund at LSU Law Center.
Father: Douglas Francis HAWKLAND b: OCT 1894 in Chippewa Co., MN
Mother: Lola Mae JOHNSTON b: ABT 1895 in Wisconsin
Rosemary NEAL b: 16 JAN 1923 in Witchita Falls, Texas
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