Archive for Monday, April 23, 2001

Paul E. Wilson

April 23, 2001


No services for Paul E. Wilson, 87, Lawrence, are planned. Inurnment will be in Pioneer Cemetery, Lawrence.

Mr. Wilson died Sunday, April 22, 2001, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born Nov. 2, 1913, near Quenemo, the son of Dale Edwin and Clara (Jacobs) Wilson.

He attended public schools in Osage County and graduated from Kansas University and Washburn University Law School.

Mr. Wilson was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1940 and was licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He practiced law in Ashland and Lyndon. He was Osage County attorney and assistant attorney general of Kansas. In 1957 he was appointed to the faculty of the KU School of Law, where he later became John M. and John L. Kane Distinguished Professor. He retired in 1981.

Mr. Wilson was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Lawrence. He also was a member of the American Bar Assn., Kansas Bar Assn., American Law Institute, Fellows of the American and Kansas Bar Foundations, and the Kansas and Douglas County historical societies.

In 1987 he was cited for distinguished service by the Kansas Bar Assn.; in 1992 he received the Kansas Supreme Court Justice Award; in 1998 KU established the Paul E. Wilson Distinguished Professorship in the School of Law; and in 1991 he served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society.

Mr. Wilson was an Army amphibious engineer during World War II. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1973 with the rank of colonel.

He married Harriet E. Stephens June 16, 1941, in Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three daughters, Betsy Marvin, Atlanta, Polly Orbin, Powell, Wyo., and Eileen Unruh, Lawrence; a son, David, Springville, Utah; a brother, Morris, Ottawa; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service may be announced later.

The family suggests memorials to the KU School of Law, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

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