10 Stan. L. Rev. 1 (1957-1958)
Judge George Edward Crothers 1870-1957

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        Judge George Edward Crothers
                          1870-1957

   Judge George Edward Crothers died on May I6, 1957, just
eleven days before his eighty-seventh birthday. As President Ster-
ling said, his death removes from the Stanford scene one of the
University's most illustrious and beloved sons. For those who
came to know him well there is an infinite sadness in the parting.
Because he gave to his University in such generous measure in
spirit, service, and wealth he has left a heritage that will be an
unending blessing to the University that mourns his passing as
it cherishes his memory.
   Born May 27, 187o, in Wapello, Iowa, Judge Crothers spent his
boyhood on Iowa farms, recollections of which remained with him
through life. When he was thirteen his family moved to San Jose,
where he received his preparatory education. In i89x he enrolled
with the Pioneer Stanford Class, was graduated with the Bachelor
of Arts degree in 1895, and a year later received the Master of Arts
degree in law. He immediately entered upon a career as an attor-
ney and judge which was his main occupation throughout the rest
of his life although his other interests and activities, especially dur-
ing his later years, were remarkably broad and varied. At the very
outset of his professional life he was associated with his brother,
Thomas G. Crothers, in the famous litigation over the estate of his
uncle, Senator James G. Fair. From 1913 to 1921 he served as judge
of the Superior Court in San Francisco, after which he returned
to private practice.
   Although law was his profession Stanford became perhaps his
dominant interest. He first met Mrs. Stanford while still a student
when he went to see her in connection with a legal matter, the
transfer of the lease of his fraternity house. Out of that somewhat
fortuitous but momentous meeting there developed a unique re-
lationship. Mrs. Stanford saw in the young man a real or fancied
resemblance to the son she had lost and she found in him a com-
pletely loyal friend and adviser who rendered to her and to the
University countless acts of selfless, almost sacrificial devotion.
   In 1946 his major contributions to Stanford were summarized
in a letter to him by W. P. Fuller, Jr., then President of the Board
of Trustees, as follows:

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