Professorship Named for Retired Justice Dolliver

“The University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees has approved the naming of a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship for James M. Dolliver. Dolliver is a retired Washington State Supreme Court justice who served on the UPS board for 30 years, retiring last May.UPS Board Chairman William T. Weyerhaeuser said Dolliver embodied the values inherent in a liberal arts education.“Jim Dolliver vigorously championed academic rigor and the importance of a thorough grounding in the arts and sciences as the best preparation for a career,” Weyerhaeuser said. “His own experiences combined with a wealth of knowledge from literature, history, philosophy and music fostered both a deep wisdom and a strong ethic which he constructively brought to bear on all the issues the board addressed during his tenure. He is a Renaissance man and clearly deserving of this honor.”Dolliver joined the Washington State Supreme Court in 1976 and retired in 1999. As a justice of the court, he was considered to be an intellectual, a prodigious worker, and one of the more politically attuned justices. He served as chief justice from 1985 through 1987.The National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Professorship was established at UPS in 1997. Through the program, every three years a UPS professor is awarded the distinguished professorship to hone his or her teaching skills. English Professor Rob Garratt currently holds the professorship.”