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Honoring R. Allan Paul

I am saddened to inform our Vermont Law School community of the passing of R. Allan Paul, a former president and member emeritus of the VLS Board of Trustees.

Mr. Paul served on the board from 1994 to 2004, and as its president from 1995 to 2001. He received an honorary degree from VLS in 2006.

His extensive resume of civic and professional contributions includes service as a member of the boards of Banknorth Group, Inc.; the Vermont Business Roundtable; and the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation. He served as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Vermont from 1976 to 1982 and again from 1984 to 1990, and was chair of the board from 1981 to 1982. He was a member of the Vermont Racing Commission (chairperson 1977 to 1989) and served as president of the National Association of State Racing Commissioners (1981 to 1982), and he served as a member of the City of Burlington Board of Aldermen and City Council (1965 to 1969). He was honored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce as its Citizen of the Year in 2006.

Mr. Paul received his A.B. degree from the University of Vermont in 1953, and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1956.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elsie, daughters Karen Paul (Mark Saba), Diana (Bret) Kernoff, and Laurie (Eric) Mittenthal, and eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Paul family, and his many contributions to VLS and the greater legal community in Vermont will be remembered.


Beth McCormack
Interim President and Dean



In honor of Mr. Paul's contributions to VLS and the Vermont legal community, we ask alumni, faculty, staff, and others to submit tributes here. Once collected, they will be displayed at the bottom of this page. 

Verna Perry:
"I had so many wonderful interactions with Allan Paul when I was Executive Assistant to the Dean and worked closely with the Trustees. Allan was always kind and had a deep interest in law school. He worked well with the Board of Trustee members and the Deans. A very kind man whom I greatly admired."