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William A. Gaus, distinguished attorney, faithful husband, and beloved father of six, died September 21, 2012 at age 67. He was married to Therese B. Gaus for 34 years.
Bill, a partner at Dillingham & Murphy LLP in San Francisco, was born June 2, 1945 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Arthur and Laura Sheerin Gaus. After graduating from Beloit College in 1966, he served in the Peace Corps as a math teacher in the Philippines. In 1971, he completed his law degree from Southern Methodist University, where he was a member of Law Review and Order of the Coif. He taught at University of Michigan Law School before beginning his practice as an appellate lawyer with the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. In 1974, he was hired by Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro in San Francisco, where he met his wife Therese. In 1978, they married and settled in the Haight-Ashbury. Thereafter, Bill became a partner of Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro.
In his employment law practice, Bill was a leading trial lawyer who successfully argued precedent setting cases before the California Supreme Court and the National Labor Relations Board. Among other distinctions, he co-authored Defense of Equal Employment (McGraw-Hill, 1982) and was named Employment Lawyer of the Year in 2000 by California Lawyer. Through his litigation, trials, publications, and ongoing counsel, he left a considerable mark on employment law both in California and nationally.
A longtime parishioner of St. Agnes Church, Bill sat on the board of Catholic Charities and served his community most memorably as the coach of CYO basketball and baseball teams.
Bill was adored by his children, who especially enjoyed attending baseball games with their father, a longtime Giants season ticket holder. His wry good humor, wisdom, and humble generosity will be dearly missed.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Therese, children Joe, Arthur, Ann, Edward, Paul, and William, brothers Andy and David, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and in-laws.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 1st at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, 1025 Masonic Ave., San Francisco, CA. 94117. Donations may be made to St. Agnes Church in memory of William A. Gaus
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from September 27 to September 30, 2012