Remembering alumnus William (Bill) Wilson

Former justice of the Court of King's Bench of Alberta was at the top of his graduating class

Lauren Bannon - 28 September 2022

The Faculty of Law is saddened to learn of the passing of William (Bill) Wilson (55’ BA, 56’ LLB), who died on September 11 in Edmonton.

When he graduated from the Faculty in 1956, Wilson was his class’ gold medalist, winning the Horace Harvey gold medal in law.

After graduation, he articled to L.Y. Cairns, KC, and was called to the bar of Alberta in 1957. He then joined the law firm of Bryan, Andrekson and Company (now known as Bryan and Company) before being appointed King’s Counsel in 1978.

In 1991, he was appointed a justice of the Court of King’s Bench of Alberta.

During his legal career that spanned over 50 years, Wilson was active in numerous legal communities. He was a member and chairman of the Institute of Law Research and Reform for the province of Alberta and was involved in academics as a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension.

A beloved father, grandfather, friend and mentor, Wilson will be missed by his family, friends and members of the communities he served.