University of Wisconsin–Madison

Dean George Bunn

Dean George Bunn

George Bunn became UW Law dean in 1972 and, frustrated at the lack of state support for the Law School, he reportedly left the role in protest three years later. But he may have been best known as a leader and an international negotiator in the nuclear disarmament movement. In a public radio interview, Bunn’s son Matthew described the impetus for his father’s life work:

“He thought, ‘Well, if we’re going to have disarmament, we’re going to need treaties. If we’re going to have treaties, we’re going to need lawyers, so I’ll go off to law school.’ So he went off to law school specifically with the idea of controlling the bomb.”

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