Law School Says Good-Bye to William Douglas Kilbourn Jr.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2012—William Douglas Kilbourn Jr., a Law School faculty member for more than 25 years, died at his home in Center Sandwich, N.H., on Sept. 9, 2012, at age 87.
Kilbourn served in the Ordnance Overseas Maintenance Modification Detachment in the U.S. Army during World War II, calibrating artillery that had gone through the sandstorms of the North African Campaign. After his discharge, he put a scholarship to Yale University to use and completed his undergraduate degree in 1949. In 1953 he completed his law degree at Columbia Law School.
He began his teaching career as an assistant professor of law at the University of Montana, then was an associate professor at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In the 1960s he taught at Boston University, where he established and directed the Graduate Tax Program. During the summers he practiced at Palmer, Dodge, Gardener and Bradford.
In 1971 Kilbourn was recruited to join the Law School and taught a variety of subjects over the next 27 years, including corporations and tax law, before taking emeritus status 1998. He also was a visiting professor at Duke University, the University of Texas, and Washington University in St. Louis. He practiced with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in St. Paul until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Neff Kilbourn, in 2000. He is survived by son Jonathan, daughter Katharine, and four grandchildren.