Dear Alumni and Friends, The picture that graces the cover of this magazine is of a legendary professor known to most of us as “Mr. Willamette.” Indeed, Professor Emeritus John C. Paulus is a towering figure in the history of the College of Law. He taught at Willamette for 36 years, from 1949 to 1985. I emphasize the word taught because, throughout his long career, Paulus was the quintessential model of a teacher. An entire generation of Willamette students benefited from his enormous talent and dedication, as well as his mastery of the law, particularly in property law and trusts and estates. He was a wonderful mentor — not only to his students but also to his younger colleagues, many of whom continue to serve on the faculty today. Their reflections Dean Symeon C. Symeonides
on Paulus, along with those of his former students and friends, can be found on pages 5–7 of this magazine. As one of his former students noted so eloquently, “he lives in the hearts and minds of all of us that he taught.” He always will hold a special place in the history of this school. Alex L. Parks LLB’49 was another popular professor who taught at Willamette until his death in 1988. In honor of his memory, his daughter Penny Parks Knight and her husband Phil Knight have pledged a gift of $5 million to establish the Alex L. Parks Distinguished Chair at the College of Law. (See page 3.) This magnificent act of generosity is also a tremendous investment in the financial future of our 125-year-old school. It will produce a spendable annual income of about $250,000, which we can use for student scholarships. For a school like ours, this gift would be heartwarming under any circumstances, but in these challenging times, it is nothing short of inspiring. Professor Parks taught many students at Willamette, and he taught them well. This gift, which so appropriately bears his name, ensures his association with Willamette lives on, while also enabling us to provide outstanding legal education to future generations of law students. On their behalf and that of so many others who will benefit from the generosity of Penny and Phil Knight, I thank these two noble philanthropists from the bottom of my heart. With the Knights’ gift, the school has exceeded the goal set for our First Endowment Campaign for the College of Law, which was to raise $15 million. This was a very ambitious goal, especially considering that in the previous 118 years combined, the law school had raised only $5.4 million in endowment funds. So far, this campaign has added $18.7 million to the school’s endowment. This remarkable accomplishment is due exclusively to the generosity of our alumni and friends. Once again, I wish to express our deep and abiding gratitude to each of you who invested so meaningfully in our school. With my best regards,
Symeon C. Symeonides
2 | Willamette Lawyer
Remembering Paulus: The College of Law community mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus John C. Paulus, a master teacher and member of the...