An “in memoriam” for W. Reed Quilliam, Jr. was in the December 2008 issue of The Texas Bar Journal. Reed Quilliam was a law professor of mine when I attended law school from 1983 to 1986.
Professor Quilliam was, without a doubt, the number one reason I practice estate planning. He took a subject that, for some, is dull as dirt, and made it so interesting, I could not fathom practicing outside of this field. Professor Quilliam was not only an excellent teacher, he was a very gracious man.
So for this blog entry, I hope that you will indulge me for re-printing the obituary of this man from The Texas Bar Journal.
Quilliam, 79, of Lubbock, died July 14, 2008. He received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1953. He was a private practitioner. He served as a state representative for four terms, representing Lubbock County. He was a professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law from 1969 until his retirement in 1995. He was an associate dean of the law school and a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University and Pepperdine University schools of law. He served for a year as executive director of the State Bar of Texas.
He wrote a history of the Texas Tech Law School, which was published in 2006. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953 to 1955.
He is survived by his son, W. Reed Quilliam III of Lubbock; a daughter, Kathryn Quilliam Reeves of Lubbock; and three grandchildren.