ALLEN--William Hayes, beloved father of Edwin, Neal and Kent, cherished father-in-law of Wendy Allen and Karen Tanner Allen, adored grandfather of eight, died on Saturday, October 11, 2014, of pulmonary fibrosis at his retirement home in Washington, DC, eight days short of his 88th birthday. His late wife, the former Joan Webster Emmett, predeceased him in 2005 after a marriage of 55 years. A brilliant lawyer, graduating first in his class from Stanford Law School in 1956, he served as chief law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren. His decades-long career encompassed both the practice of law as partner at Covington & Burling and teaching at Stanford, Cornell and Howard Law Schools as well as his beloved Deep Springs College - which he also served as chairman of its board of trustees - in the high desert of his native California. He drafted the first open housing act to be enacted south of the Mason-Dixon Line and argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court. His keen mind, gentle curiosity and humility all defined his life. He will be profoundly missed by family, friends, and generations of former students and colleagues. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Contributions in his memory can be made to Deep Springs College; HC 72 Box 45001; Dyer, NV 89010-9803.
Published by New York Times on Oct. 14, 2014.