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William "Bill" Bennett, '61 B.A. Political Science

William Bennett's Portrait

What were some of your fondest memories of LBSC?

I attended almost everything! Back then the Dining Room was the main gathering place. My fondest memories include 49er Days, Spring Sing, Fraternity/ Sorority Mixers.

What activities/student organizations were you involved in?

I was involved as a Justice of the Student Court, organizer of the Pre-Legal Fraternity, Blue Key, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE), President's Council, and Statesman.

What did you do after graduating from LBSC?

From LBSC I went on to earn a master degree, a law degree and a doctorate. I feel that the education that I received at LBSC prepared me academically and mentally for that further education.

Which professor(s) or staff made an impact on your academic or professional career and why?

My business law professor Ken Poure (now deceased) gave me the desire to attend law school and to become an attorney as well as a college teacher.

How have you been involved with CSULB as an alumnus?

I served two terms as Alumni Association President, member of the Presidents Advisory Board, chairman of the CSULB graduates who are lawyers committee, served as an adjunct professor and lecturer at CSULB.

Tell us something about the value and/or meaning of your CSULB experience.

A world class university with a home town feeling. Absolutely , a wonderful place to study, utilize the facilities and make friends. I encourage all CSULB students to give back to their school both by sharing their talents and support. You will be rewarded in many ways!

What are you doing today?

I have retired from the day to day practice of law and concentrate on serving as a consultant and counselor to churches and religious organizations.

William Bennett and his family

Bill Bennett, '61 and his family gather for his son and also an graduate of CSULB, Mark Bennett's, '91 wedding in 2009. Bill Bennett, '61 is located in the front row and center next to his wife, Hilda. In the back row is Bill Bennett's grand-daughters and alumni Carin Jacobs, '00 (far right), Mark, '91 (center) and alumnus, Greg Bennett (2nd from the left).

Couple standing next to Cape of Good Hope sign

Bill Bennett, '61with his wife Hilda on vacation following a speaking engagement in South Africa.

William Bennett speaking at a conference

Bill Bennett, '61 was one of the speakers at the Latino-American Convention of Christian Attorneys in Cartagena, Columbia.

Couple in front of the Taj Mahal

Bill Bennett, '61 and his wife Hilda celebrate Valentine's Day in India at the Taj Mahal while on a speaking engagement trip in 2009.

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