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Release: Jan. 24, 2000
Law professor is named to endowed chair in income tax law
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa College of Law Professor Larry Ward
has been named the first holder of the Orville L. and Ermina D. Dykstra Chair
in Federal Income Tax Law. The new endowed faculty chair was made possible
by a major stock gift to the college in 1997 by the named benefactors, who
live in Walnut Creek, Calif.
Ward has taught income tax courses regularly at the college since joining
the law faculty in 1972. He has served as the college's Aliber Professor of
Law since 1986.
"Naming Larry Ward to the Dykstra chair is an appropriate way to recognize
his many accomplishments as a teacher and a scholar of income tax law,"
says N. William Hines, dean, UI College of Law.
"Professor Ward has had a distinguished career at Iowa as a federal
income tax teacher and scholar. He has also had a long and productive relationship
with the Tax Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and has helped provide
high quality continuing education in tax law for Iowa lawyers," Hines
Orville Dykstra graduated from the Iowa law school in 1936, and he specialized
in income tax law with the firm of Dykstra, Swift and Brown in Des Moines
from 1942 to 1957. He left Iowa to serve as financial vice president and treasurer
for San Francisco-based Utah International Inc. before retiring in 1971. During
the 1940s and 1950s, Dykstra was a leader in organizing the annual Tax School
sponsored by the Iowa State Bar Association.
When the Dykstras created the endowed chair in the law school, Orville Dykstra
said he'd always "felt an obligation to give something back to the UI
College of Law, because I owe my accomplishments and success to my legal education."
The Dykstra's gift is one of the largest leadership gifts received to date
for the college's $25 million endowment campaign, according to the Iowa Law
The Iowa Law School Foundation is the preferred channel of support for private
gifts to the UI College of Law. The Law Foundation works with alumni, friends,
law firms and corporations to assist them in providing support to the college's
students, faculty and programs.
The University of Iowa Foundation, the UI's campus-wide fund-raising organization,
serves as the channel of support to the Iowa Law School Foundation by providing
professional and technical support services.