Donald Howard Wollett (1919 - 2014)

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1919 - 2014
Donald Wollett died at age 95 on September 23 at his residence on Whidbey Island, Washington. He was born on July 5, 1919 in Muscatine, Iowa and grew up in Peoria, Illinois. Don attended Bradley University and law school at the Universities of Chicago and Indiana. Upon receiving his law degree, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942, and became a "90 day wonder," a reference to his training as a Midshipman, which eventually earned him a Lieutenant's rank. Don was assigned to small anti-submarine craft chasing Nazi subs in the Gulf of Mexico. At age 25 he took command of his own ship, a SC511.

Don taught labor law and constitutional law for many years at the universities of Washington, New York, Harvard, Louisiana State and McGeorge School of Law. In 1959 Don accepted a position on the faculty of New York Sch0ol of Law. He became the first director of the Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Program designed to educate students, attorneys and the public on constitutional issues. Don was a partner at the New York firm of Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler and represented the National Education Association for ten years bringing bargaining rights to public school teachers. In 1975 he accepted a position as the State Director of Employee Relations for Governor Hugh Carey. Don returned to California a few years later to teach at McGeorge. He also found time to arbitrate more than 3,000 labor grievances.

Don retired to Whidbey Island in 2000. He wrote Getting on Base, based on his love of baseball and his time as a baseball salary arbitrator and player advocate and an autobiography, Dog Law, co-authored with Susan Crowell. Two daughters, Jenny Campbell and Penny Wollett, and his only sibling, Joan Carrel, predeceased Don. He is survived by his son Fritz, of Seattle, granddaughter Dylan, grandson Brent Campbell of Sacramento and granddaughter Jenny Kay of Las Vegas. A memorial service will be held on October 18 at the Universalist-Unitarian church located at 20108 SR 525, Whidbey Island, Washington.
Published on NYTimes.com from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2014
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