March 29, 2006 15:44 Age: 8 yrs

Professor William D. Ferguson 1928 -2006

William D. Ferguson, beloved colleague and professor of law at Emory University School of Law for 35 years, passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2006 after a courageous battle against cancer.

Professor Ferguson, or “Ferg” as he was affectionately called, joined the Emory Law faculty in 1963.  He taught in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, remedies, conflicts, legislation, insurance, torts, agency-partnership and corporations.  A graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Cornell Law School, Professor Ferguson earned his Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) from the University of Virginia in 1975.  

In addition to his teaching and scholarly research, Professor Ferguson was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and was a highly respected arbitrator having written numerous arbitration opinions.  He also directed Emory Law’s highly respected Trial Techniques Program from 1991 until his retirement in 1998.

In 1979, Ferguson was awarded the Emory Williams Teaching Award, a University-wide award that recognizes excellence in teaching.  He was the first Emory Law faculty member to receive this important Emory award.

Bill Ferguson taught 35 years of Emory Law students.  He was a beloved and respected member of the Emory community and his wisdom and calm strength will be sorely missed by students, alumni and colleagues. Devoted to Donna, his wife of 50 years and to their children, Kim, Karen and Dean, he is survived by Donna, Karen and Dean, daughter in law, Ramona and grandchildren, Marissa and Daniel.

The Memorial Service for Professor Ferguson will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 pm at Christ Church Episcopal, 400 Holcomb Bridge Road, Norcross, Georgia 30071  770 447-1166.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be sent to the American Lung Association.  Donations can be made one of two ways, by phone and via mail. Click here for the form.

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