This endowment supports student initiatives at the Allard School of Law.
Dean Emeritus Curtis was appointed the founding Dean of the law school at UBC in 1945 and served in this capacity until 1971. At the commencement of his deanship, the Faculty had a total budget of $10,000 and existed within the confines of two army huts. Through his vision, energy and perseverance, he literally built the law school into an internationally renowned school that has graduated some of the best legal minds in Canada and the world.
In addition to his unparalleled contributions to the law school at UBC, Dr. Curtis had a long and illustrious legal career touching on scholarship, legal education and practice from local to international levels. In recognition of his accomplishments, Dr. Curtis received numerous awards and honorary degrees. He was named a member of the Order of Coif in 1964 and was the first recipient of the Law Society Award in 1986. In 1995 he was made a member of the Order of British Columbia and in 2003 he received the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal. He was also appointed an officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Curtis passed away peacefully on October 23, 2005 at the age of 99. His passing was a tremendous loss to the Faculty.
In honour of Dr. Curtis’s outstanding contribution to legal education in British Columbia, the George F. Curtis Student Endowment was established in September 2004 in honour of his 98th birthday.
Income generated from this fund is used to partially fund conferences organized by law students and to help law students attend academic events relevant to their studies.
By contributing to this endowment you can help us to honour the memory of Dr. Curtis and support initiatives benefiting Allard School of Law students.