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DEATH: PETER WATSON BILLINGS

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Peter Watson Billings died November 10, 1996.

He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Marjorie (Peg); four sons and daughters-in-law, Peter and Margaret of Salt Lake City, John and Lucy of New York City, Thomas and Judith of Salt Lake City, and Stuart and Penelope of Washington, DC; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Richard of Philadelphia.A fourth-generation Utahn, he was born in Salt Lake City on June 20, 1917, the eldest child of Seymour L. and Martha W. Billings. He was educated in the Salt Lake City public schools, graduating from East High School as the Valedictorian of the Class of 1934. He received his bachelor's degree in 1938 from the University of Utah. At the university, he was active in student publications, serving as the managing editor of the Chronicle, editor of the Humbug, and publisher of football programs. He was elected to the Honor Societies of Skull & Bones and Owl & Key and was a member of Beta Theta Pi.

He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1941 and was admitted to the Utah and California Bars. He was a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal. He was a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, and served for many years as Chair of the Utah Chapter of the American Bar Foundation.

In 1946, he returned to Utah after serving in the Legal Division of the Office of the Chief of Transportation in Washington, DC during World War II, rising from Second Lieutenant to Major and became Chief of the Legal Division in 1945-46. On his return to Utah, he joined the law firm of Fabian & Clendenin and was with that firm until his death. At the request of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions, he rewrote Title VII of the Utah Code which was adopted by the Utah Legislature in 1981. For nearly 50 years he was an active trial and appellate lawyer, including appearances before the United States Supreme Court.

In 1965, he was appointed by Governor Rampton as Chairman of the Utah Coordinating Counsel for Higher Education. He drafted the bill which created the State Board of Regents and was named its first Chair in 1969 and served for many years as a member.

He served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association for many years. When it opened its office in Salt Lake City in 1988, he was appointed Chair of its Advisory Council, serving until he retired in 1996. He was the author of numerous publications and legal articles on the use of arbitration and mediation as alternatives to litigation in resolving disputes. At the request of the Utah Judicial Council, he drafted a bill authorizing the use of alternative dispute resolution in Utah state courts and served on the committee to implement that program. He also served on the committee to establish an ADR program for the United States District Court for the District of Utah. In 1996, the American Arbitration Association created the Peter W. Billings Award for service in promoting the use of alternative dispute resolution and gave him the first such award.

In 1991 he chaired the Utah Supreme Court's Special Task Force on the management and regulation of the practice of law, and in 1990-91 was Chair of the Access to the Courts Committee of the Utah Commission for Justice for the Twenty-First Century.

He was a member of the Alta Club, the Country Club and the Salt Lake Swimming and Tennis Club.

Memorial services will be held Tuesday, November 12, 1996, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral, where he served in the 1950's as it Senior Warden. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the University of Utah College of Law for the Peter W. Billings Alternative Dispute Resolution Endowment Fund.

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