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October 24, 2007

In Memoriam: Professor William A. McCormack Jr., 1951–2007

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William A. McCormack Jr.

Dallas law firm partner taught UT Law course on mergers and acquisitions

Colleagues of William A. McCormack Jr., a Dallas attorney and an adjunct law professor at The University of Texas School of Law who died of a heart attack on October 12, 2007, remember him for his energy, dedication, and intellectual vigor.

“This was the first year Bill taught Mergers and Acquisitions at the Law School. His class was oversubscribed, which was somewhat unusual for a first-time offering,” said UT Law Associate Dean Mechele Dickerson. The course examined the technical and practical issues in structuring, negotiating, and consummating complex merger and acquisition transactions.

“From the time he first expressed an interest in teaching Mergers and Acquisitions at UT until he taught his last class for us, his enthusiasm for the subject and his students never waned. Bill was an incredibly energetic teacher and the students who enrolled in his class have described him as a caring, dedicated teacher,” Dickerson said. “The law school has lost a gifted member of the teaching faculty, and he will be missed by all.”

McCormack received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1977. He began his career as an associate at Crutcher, Hull, Ramsey & Jordan in Dallas, which merged with Hughes & Luce in 1978. His twenty-seven-year career at Hughes & Luce included twenty-two years as a partner. At the time of his death, the fifty-six-year-old McCormack was a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski in Dallas.

For more than thirty years, McCormack specialized in corporate finance, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions work. He advised a number of Fortune 500 companies in connection with a wide range of corporate transactions. He also served on numerous community boards, foundations, and committees. For example, McCormack was a member of the Jesuit College Preparatory School’s board of advisers in Dallas and was general counsel of the Jesuit Foundation.

“Bill lived life to the fullest, always ready with a witty comeback and quick smile,” said Kenneth L. Stewart, the head of Fulbright’s Dallas office. “Bill was a true gentleman whose energy and passion for his work and his family was contagious. He will be deeply missed by his colleagues, but will long live on in our hearts. He was an important part of our team at Fulbright and we extend our deepest sympathy to his family, clients, and friends.”

A news article about McCormack in the October 17 issue of The Dallas Morning News stated that McCormack was “known for his boundless intellectual energy to everything from tackling corporate late issues to supporting civic causes.”

McCormack is survived by his wife, Patty, and their four young children.

A mass for McCormack was celebrated on October 18 at Christ the King Catholic Church and a burial followed at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Anthony Foundation, 8111 Preston Road, Suite 712, Dallas, Texas 75225.