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Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Centennial Professorship in Humanities

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The Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Centennial Professorship in Humanities was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 17, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Liberal Arts. Gift funds were provided by Mr. Thos. H. Law, 1942 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin School of Law. The endowment honors Dr. Robert Adger Law of Fort Worth, Texas.

 On June 17, 1983, The University of Texas System Board of Regents established the Robert Adger Law and Thos. H. Law Centennial Professorship in Humanities with gift funds provided by Mr. Thos. H. Law, J.D. ’42. Centennial matching funds prompted by the gift createdthe Thos. H. Law Centennial Professorship in Law.Both professorships draw talented faculty to these renowned programs.

Thomas Hart Law (known by family tradition as Thos.) was the son of longtime UT Austin English professor Robert Adger Law.

In a note regarding these endowments, his wife Jo Ann wrote of how the gifts, that benefit both law and the humanities, reflected his life and spirit
  “My husband and I have long wanted to do something for the university that did so much for us…Tom was a talented writer who could express himself and what he wanted to say better than anyone I have ever known. He was anxious to help improve the writing skills of others. He had an advantage because his father…taught English and Shakespeare for over 50 years at the university.”

Mr. Law expressed his gratitude to the Forty Acres community with energy and dedication. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus twice, once in 1977 and again in 1992. Mr. Law served as a UT Regent, President of the UT Foundation, and a member of the Centennial Commission, the Development Board, the advisory council for the College of Communication, and the Astronomy Board of Advisors. A world-renowned numismatist, Mr. Law bequeathed his collection of rare English gold coins to the Harry Ransom Center. He passed away in 2006 at age 88.

Few individuals give so freely of their time, personal resources and counsel during a lifetime, or provide so generously for future generations, as Tom Law did.

Thomas and Jo Ann Law
Thomas and Jo Ann Law

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