For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


Law School to Honor Student Ben Athay (1975-2007)

Ben Athay with his son, Oliver, and wife, Alison The UW School of Law will hold a memorial service honoring Benjamin Grant Athay Friday, October 12, 4-5 p.m., in Room 138 of William Gates Hall. Athay, who would have been a second-year law student this year, died unexpectedly September 1, 2007 from an undetected brain hemorrhage.

"It was clear to all who knew Ben that he really loved law school," said law school classmate Lisa Kremer. "Even more evident was how much Ben loved his wife, Alison, and his son, Oliver."

A memorial tree will be planted near the law school that same day in Athay's name.

Born in Portland, Oregon, on November 14, 1975, Athay grew up in Corvallis and graduated in 1993 from Crescent Valley High School. In 1997, he earned dual degrees in history and English from Whitman College, where he also played collegiate basketball. After college, Athay moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a career as an advertising account executive with Porter Novelli International, where he met his wife, Alison. They married in 2002 and later relocated to Seattle. During his first year at the UW School of Law his son, Oliver Grant Athay, was born. Ben was an avid reader, enjoyed spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking and running with Bingo, the family dog.

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