William and Mary Law School

Professor Charles H. Koch, Jr., Honored with John Marshall Award

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    Professor Koch was honored with the John Marshall Award at graduation. Denise Koch accepted the award from Dean Douglas on behalf of the Koch family.
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Denise Koch, wife of Professor Charles H. Koch, Jr., who died in February 2012, accepted the John Marshall Award in honor of her husband during the Law School's graduation ceremony on May 13.  The award is given each year to a member of the Law School faculty or staff who has demonstrated "character, leadership, and a spirit of selfless service to the Law School community."

In his remarks, Dean Davison M. Douglas noted that Koch had been a "stalwart on our faculty" for 33 years and was respected as both a mentor and a voice of "wisdom and pragmatism" by his William & Mary colleagues.  While he was familiar to many scholars and students as one of the nation's foremost authorities on administrative law, his areas of expertise also included comparative constitutional systems, electricity, the European Union, and federal courts.

"We will miss his leadership," Douglas said. "We will miss his wisdom.  And, we will miss his friendship."

The award honors the achievements of John Marshall (1755-1835), the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. Marshall was among the first students to study law under the tutelage of George Wythe at William & Mary.

Editor's Note: At his family's request, the Charles H. Koch, Jr., Memorial Fund for International Studies has been established at the Law School. Gifts to the fund may be sent to William & Mary Law School, P.O. Box 3527, Williamsburg, VA 23187-3527.  For more information, call (757) 221-3795 or email [[w|lsdevl]].