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College Mourns Death of former Senator, U.S. Attorney General William B. Saxbe '48

August 24, 2010

Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283

William B. Saxbe '48 passed away on Aug. 24, 2010 at the age of 94. He was a former U.S. senator and served as U.S. attorney general under Presidents Nixon and Ford. In 2002, the Moritz College of Law named its auditorium after Saxbe and established a designated professorship in his honor.

Saxbe’s career in public service dates back to his law school days when he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives in 1946 while still a student. He served four terms in the Ohio House, including a time when he was speaker of the House. He was also elected to three terms as Ohio attorney general. He served as a U.S. senator before being appointed U.S. attorney general. He was appointed ambassador to India in 1975 and served until 1977. In private practice, he was a principal in the firm of Chester Wilcox & Saxbe in Columbus.

"William Saxbe’s extraordinary life exemplified the highest ideals of public service," said Alan C. Michaels, dean of the Moritz College of Law. “The scope of his accomplishment in his legal career remains a source of unending pride for his alma mater. He was a true giant in the field, and he leaves a remarkable and inspiring legacy. We at the law school are among the many that benefited from his leadership and generosity."

Over the past eight years, senators, supreme court justices, judges, and a plethora of thought and policy leaders from around the nation have visited the College’s “Saxbe” Auditorium. All of the College’s main events – from orientation to lectures and a final farewell to graduates – are held in the space named for Saxbe. In addition, Douglas A. Berman currently is the William B. Saxbe Designated Professor of Law.

Saxbe holds a bachelor's degree (1940) and an honorary doctorate (1975) from Ohio State and is a longtime supporter of the University. His son, Charles “Rocky” Saxbe is a 1975 graduate of the College and his grandson, Jake, is a 2005 Moritz graduate. Saxbe is originally from Mechanicsburg, Ohio.