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William Ray Forrester

William Ray Forrester (January 14, 1911 – February 16, 2001) served as the dean of three law schools: (1) Vanderbilt University Law School; (2) Tulane University Law School; and (3) Cornell University Law School.[1][2]

William Ray Forrester
William Ray Forrester.jpg
Forrester pictured in The Jambalaya 1953, Tulane yearbook
Born(1911-01-14)January 14, 1911
DiedFebruary 16, 2001(2001-02-16) (aged 90)
Known forTulane University Law School dean
Vanderbilt University Law School dean
Cornell University Law School dean
Scientific career

Forrester was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School.[1]

Forrester served as Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee from 1949 to 1952, at Tulane from 1952 to 1963, and at Cornell University Law School in Ithaca, New York from 1963 to 1973.[1]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Paul William Brosman
Tulane University Law School Dean
1952 – 1963
Succeeded by
Cecil Morgan


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  2. ^ Cramton, Roger C.; Curtiss, W. David; Roberts, E.F. "William Ray Forrester January 14, 1911 — February 16, 2001" (PDF). Cornell University. Retrieved 2019-01-24.