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William Tetley, maritime law expert, Tulane friend, dies in Montreal

July 03, 2014

William and Rosslyn Tetley in their home for 53 years in Montreal, May, 2008. (Gabriella Goldberg, Journal de Mont-Royal)

William and Rosslyn Tetley in their home for 53 years in Montreal, May, 2008. (Gabriella Goldberg, Journal de Mont-Royal)

Professor William Tetley, a world-renowned authority on maritime law and devoted friend to Tulane Law School, died July 1 in Montreal. He was 87.

Tetley, who taught at Canada's McGill University from 1976 to 2012, is widely familiar at Tulane for the annual maritime lecture series named for him and also for the 14 years that he taught mini-courses on a range of admiralty topics.

"Bill Tetley was a towering figure in maritime law and a great friend of Tulane Law School. Colleagues and students alike looked forward to his annual visits to Tulane, and he was very much a part of the Tulane family," Dean David Meyer said.

"The faculty expressed its respect and affection for Bill Tetley by naming Tulane's annual maritime lecture series in his honor, and he returned the gesture in 2011 by making a gift to endow the lecture series. He left a lasting mark on Tulane Law School and on the lives of students and faculty here."

Tetley's long and distinguished career included 18 years practicing commercial and maritime law and eight years as a member of the Quebec National Assembly.

Services are scheduled for July 8 at St. Peter's Anglican Church in Mount Royal, Quebec.

 
   


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