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MSS 2018-1

Edward Henderson Deets Jr. University of Virginia Memorabilia


Student and alumni memorabilia related to the University of Virginia School of Law.

.2 Linear Feet (1 box, .2 linear ft.)

Scope & Contents

This collection of memorabilia contains newspaper clippings, invitations, announcement cards, directories, programs.

Collection Description

    Biographical / Historical

    Edward Henderson Deets, Jr., was born 12 April 1926 in Pulaski, Tennessee. His parents were Edward Henderson Deets and Nelle Paterson Deets. In 1949, he married Elizabeth Virginia Taylor. He had two children, Betsy Deets and Edward Henderson Deets, III.

    Mr. Deets served as an Air Navigator V-12 from July 1943 to February 1944. In March of 1944, he joined the Navy V-5 Program as Commissioned Ensign USNR – Air Navigator. From August 1945 to July 1946 he was an Air Navigator in the Pacific. In 1946, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. From 1959-1962, he was Commanding Officer, Naval Electronics Division 5-2. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1966.

    Mr. Deets was a 1951 graduate of the School of Commerce, and a 1953 graduate of the School of Law at the University of Virginia. In June of 1953, he began to practice law in the Courthouse in Charlottesville, in partnership with Robert E. Taylor (L’ 1931) forming the firm of Taylor and Deets. [See: Announcement card, June 15, 1953). On November 1, 1957, they merged with Thomas J. Michie and John T. Camblos, forming the law firm of Michie, Taylor, Camblos and Deets, with offices on Market Street in Charlottesville. In 1963, Mr. Deets and Lewis A. Martin (L’ 1951) left the firm to form their own.

    Mr. Deets general practice of law emphasized real estate and commercial law, bankruptcy law, and managed properties.

    He was President of the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association (1986-1987); a member of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association and Virginia State Bar (1953-2007); a member (1953-1962), Local President (1959-1960), and State Legal Parliamentarian of the Local Charlottesville-Albemarle Chamber of Commerce (1961-1962); a member and president of the Torch Club, Red Land Club, Charlottesville Rotary Club, and The Navy League. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the of the McIntire Public Library, a member of Charlottesville City Council Special Committees, and a member and president of the Board of Directors of the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area.

    Mr. Deets died on November 18, 2007.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was donated to the Law School by Edward H. Deets III, son of Mr. Deets, in May of 2018.

fileNewspaper clippings, 1943, 1953, 1957MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileInvitation and Announcement Cards, 1943, 1953, 1957MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileMiscellaneous items: curriculum, some correspondence and information about Law Alumni Weekend of 2001, 2001-2004MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia Alumni Association Declaration of Edward Henderson Deets, Jr. as a Member of the Thomas Jefferson Society of Alumni., undatedMSS 2018-01, Box 1
itemDirectory, Department of Law, University of Virginia compiled and published by Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity; Charlottesville, Va. : Phi Alpha Delta [transferred to VL 122 .D5], 1950-1951MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia Graduating Exercises, Monday, June 11, 1951 Program; Class Day Exercises, The Lawn, Sunday, 10 June, 1951 Program.MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia Graduating Exercises, Monday, June 15, 1953 Program; University of Virginia Baccalaureate Service, Sunday June 14th, 1953 Program.MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileThe Graduating Class, the Faculty and the Students of the University of Virginia [invitation] to Exercises of Commencement, June 13, 1953; Mr. Edward Henderson Deets, Jr. ticketsMSS 2018-01, Box 1
filePhotographs of the University of Virginia Law Class of 1953 in 1978 [25th Graduation Anniversary] , 1978MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia Class of 1951 Reunion Packet, 2000MSS 2018-01, Box 1
fileUniversity of Virginia Grounds Map, circa 1951-1953MSS 2018-01, Box 1
itemSilverplate tray. Inscribed: “U. Va. Law 1953, Edward H. Deets, Jr. in Grateful AppreciationMSS 2018-01, Box 1
itemAlumni Association of the University of Virginia Life Membership card No. 1281MSS 2018-01, Box 1
itemNavy -12 Leadership for a Lifetime card issued to Mr. Edward Henderson DeetsMSS 2018-01, Box 1