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William Haven King Jr. ’63 (Doctor of Humane Letters)

William H. King Jr.June 9, 2013

WILLIAM HAVEN KING JR., you were given so many accolades upon graduating from Dartmouth that the alumni magazine referred to the senior awards ceremony as "Bill King Day," reflecting your Watson Trophy for Athlete of the Year and Dartmouth Cup for the athlete who reflected the most credit on Dartmouth.

The achievement of excellence and quality of character that distinguished you as an athlete distinguished your academic performance and personal attributes, as well, earning you the Barrett Cup all-around achievement award. The Barrett Cup remains a time-honored prize given to the senior man who by virtue of his integrity, leadership, and scholarship shows the greatest promise of making an impact in the world after graduating. The honorary degree we are awarding you today is a public testament to your undeniable fulfillment of that very promise.

After graduating from Dartmouth, you went on to receive a law degree from the University of Virginia and pursue an eminently successful legal career with McGuire Woods, authoring numerous important articles and lecturing widely, in addition to practicing law. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Association, you have also generously shared your time and expertise by serving on the boards of many local service organizations.

In addition to performing this critical service to your community, you have worked ceaselessly on behalf of your alma mater, taking on key volunteer roles and responsibilities as a member of class, policy, and fundraising committees. After serving on the Board of Trustees for eight years and chairing the presidential search committee that recommended the appointment of James Wright, you were elected Chair of the Board in 1999, and in that role led Dartmouth forward into the 21st century.

Bill, you have been a profoundly thoughtful leader in all aspects of your life, encouraging those around you to work collaboratively to find solutions for complex problems. It is Dartmouth's great privilege to recognize your achievement of excellence and quality of character—yet again—by awarding you the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters.

President Carol L. Folt

Last Updated: 6/9/13