Class of ’39 Alum Leaves a Legacy Through Bequest

Posted Mon, 02/12/2018 - 09:44

USF School of Law received a $50,000 bequest from the estate of Noel Dyer BA ’36, JD ’39, who was the law school’s oldest living alumnus before he died on July 22, 2016.

“The law school is grateful for Noel’s generosity to USF during his lifetime and through his estate. Bequests of all sizes have an impact on the programs we offer our students and the experiences they have during law school,” said Assistant Dean for Development and Alumni Relations Michelle Sklar. “He gave his time during his life, as well, in his leadership roles as counsel for the university, on the Board of Counselors, and as president of the USF Law Society.”

Throughout Dyer’s 40 years practicing law, including in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in San Francisco as a partner at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, he made an impact in a range of legal matters, including those involving water issues, intellectual property, the pharmaceutical and airline industries, and public agencies such as the Public Utilities Commission and the Federal Communications Commission. He was also a member of the Bohemian Club.

In a video interview as part of the USF School of Law’s centennial celebration, Dyer encouraged current law students to “keep on plugging and keep your spirits up.”

He saw similarities between his graduating class in 1939 and the current legal climate. “A lot of these young lawyers are going to have to practice on their own with two or three other people, and that wasn’t at all uncommon when I got out of school,” he said. “With this education we had at USF, we were able to contest against lawyers from Harvard and Yale and Cornell, and a lot of us were able to do well.”