Mitchell Hamline alum and Minneapolis attorney Bill Orth ’80, passed away on Dec. 12, 2015, at his home in St. Paul.
An obituary in the Star Tribune remembers Orth as a “crusading” attorney, who gave back as a volunteer, both in the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the world.
“Whether it was seeing a case to the end, helping build a school for AIDS orphans in Tanzania, serving as an extra in an opera production or busing junior high school kids to see an R-rated movie, friends and family members said Orth dove into his passions with stubborn dedication.”
Orth graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1980, and was honored with the school’s Ronald E. Hachey Outstanding Alumni Award in 2011.
Classmate Ray Peterson ‘80 praised Orth as the kind of lawyer others should aspire to be.
“Bill has always been one to put the person ahead of everything else,” Peterson said. “His relationships with his clients, his relationships with other people, and I just respect the way he keeps people in the front of what he does.”
Bill Orth '80 was featured in this William Mitchell School of Law video in 2011.