After nearly parallel careers for the last 76 years, Joseph Henry Beale '82, Royall Professor of Law, and Samuel Williston '82, Dane Professor of Law, the two senior members of the Law School Faculty, have announced their resignations, effective next September.
Born within a month of each other in Greater Boston, they were both appointed to the Law School in 1890. The professors have since attained international recognition as leaders in the legal profession, especially for their treatises on subjects ranging from innkeepers to the Regulation of Railroad Rates.
Professor Williston received the first Gold Medal of the American Bar Association for "conspicuous service to American jurisprudence" in 1929, but Professor Beale has six citations as honorary Doctor of Letters, from Harvard, Wisconsin, Cambridge, Chicago, Boston College, and Michigan, to his colleague's three L.D.'s.
In 1902, while still on the Law Faculty, the two professors helped to found the University of Chicago Law School. Both are Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and have been reporters for the American Law Institute.