CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Diamonds Give to Students First

Josef '31 and Muriel DiamondBorn on March 6, 1907, Attorney Josef Diamond, was no stranger to "firsts." He was the first in his family born in the United States. He was in the first graduating class at Garfield High School in Seattle. He was the first in his family to go to college (UW class of 1928) and then law school (class of 1931).

Diamond went on to a distinguished career in law, served in the Army in World War II, and thrived in business. The first one at the office in the morning and the last one to leave, Diamond focused on business and real estate. Diamond, who passed away in early March just three days before his 100th birthday, recalled his many years as a practicing attorney: "Practicing law was fun for me. Law is a fascinating field, and you get the opportunity to get things done."

In honor of Josef Diamond's support of his lifelong passion for the law, Joe and Muriel Diamond recently made a $100,000 gift to the School of Law to create the Josef and Muriel Diamond Law Student Scholarship. It was the first gift to the law school as part of the Students First campaign. Because the donation qualifies for matching funds, (equal to 50% of the contribution), the gift is considerably enhanced. The fund will support financially needy students seeking a J.D. degree at the law school.

"Joe loved everything about the law," said Muriel Diamond. "Now we hope to make it a little easier for a deserving student."