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Catholic University Law School Dean Daniel Attridge presents a birthday cake to Josephine Hillyard,
Class of 1937. Tanya Easton, executive director of development and alumni relations at CUA Law, is at right. 


Law School Benefactor Marks Centennial Birthday


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Nearly 80 years of Josephine Hillyard’s long life have been punctuated by her warm feelings and high regard for Catholic University’s law school, from which she graduated in 1937. 
A couple of years ago, her appreciation was turned into a significant gift, the Josephine W. Hillyard Scholarship, a fund which will benefit deserving CUA Law students long into the future.
This week, Ms. Hillyard celebrated her 100th birthday, an occasion that prompted a visit to her home from law school Dean Daniel Attridge.

The dean presented Ms. Hillyard with a gift on behalf of the William Callyhan Robinson Society (Robinson was the first dean of the Columbus School of Law) and spent time chatting with one of the law school’s most generous benefactors.
Also along was Isabel De La Puente, the director of planned giving for The Catholic University of America, and Tanya Easton, executive director of development and alumni relations at CUA Law.
“It’s great to have the support of Ms. Hillyard and other benefactors,” said Dean Attridge. “Josephine’s generous spirit and loyal dedication to CUA will provide countless law students with the ability to realize their educational goals for years to come.”
Josephine Hillyard is a proud native Washingtonian whose career always centered on government service. Following law school, she first worked for a member of Congress. Thereafter she was employed by the federal government for the rest of her working years.
Ms. Hillyard retired from the Board of Appeal and Review for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (today known as the Merit System Protection Board), and enjoyed painting and traveling in retirement.