Jean Perkins, MBA’76, and Leland Hutchinson, JD’73

Leland Hutchinson, JD’73, and Jean Perkins, MBA’76

“Ron and I met on our first day at the Law School, and we remained close friends until Ron’s passing in 1995,” says Leland Hutchinson, JD’73. “Even in a class that was full of brilliant people, Ron stood out.”

In honor of his classmate’s memory, Hutchinson and his wife, Jean Perkins, MBA’76, established the Ronald G. Carr Memorial Scholarship Fund. Their bequest commitment will provide three-year, full-ride scholarships to the University of Chicago Law School.

“Ron was not just a beloved friend; he was someone who represented the very best qualities of the Law School’s students and graduates,” Hutchinson says. “Jean and I are happy that this scholarship will be an enduring part of his legacy.”

A retired partner at Winston & Strawn, Hutchinson has served the Law School in many ways—as a frequent reunion cochair, as a three-term member of the Law School visiting committee, as a former president of the Law School Alumni Association, and now as a member of the campaign cabinet, a small group of prominent alumni who are providing leadership for the Law School’s efforts in the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact.

“I had a great experience at the Law School, and a big part of that experience was being surrounded by so many very smart fellow students,” Hutchinson says. “If this bequest helps bring future Ron Carrs to the Law School and keeps filling those classrooms with wonderful students who are also wonderful human beings, it will achieve its purpose.”

Carr was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He clerked for Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell, and at the age of 28 he became a special assistant to US attorney general (and former Law School dean) Edward Levi, LAB’28, PhB’32, JD’35. Later he worked on antitrust matters in the justice department before joining Morrison Foerster, where he was a partner. He was married to Mary Azcuenaga, JD’73.

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