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News Posted on March 22, 2010

Sue Robinson Wilkins, Dedicated King Hall Supporter: 1915-2010

The King Hall community mourns the passage of Sue Robinson Wilkins, one of UC Davis School of Law's most loyal and generous supporters, who died on March 10 of natural causes. Among her many acts of generosity, Wilkins made gifts in honor of her late husband to name the U.S. District Court Judge Phillip C. Wilkins & Sue Robinson Wilkins Moot Courtroom and to establish the Honorable Phillip C. Wilkins Memorial Scholarship.  The Law School remains profoundly in her debt.

Born Sue Robinson in Sacramento in 1915, she graduated from Sacramento Junior College in 1935 and married Phillip Wilkins in 1941.  Wilkins practiced law and was active in Republican Party politics until 1969, when he was appointed as U. S. District Judge for the Eastern District of California by President Richard M. Nixon. He served as Chief Judge from 1979-1983, at which time he took senior status.  Judge Wilkins was an active member of the King Hall community, frequently volunteering to judge moot court competitions.

Sue Wilkins had an active life that included work for the Sacramento School District and California Legislature, volunteer service with the Mercy Guild and Crocker Art Museum, and hobbies such as horseback riding, travel, and growing award-winning orchids.  She gave consistently and generously to UC Davis School of Law, benefitting generations of King Hall students and faculty.

Among the attendees at her funeral, held March 16 in Sacramento, were former Dean Rex Perschbacher and Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations Jean Korinke.  Her family suggested that in lieu of flowers donations should be sent to the Honorable Phillip C. Wilkins Memorial Scholarship or the Sacramento SPCA.  To make a contribution to the scholarship in her honor, please contact Jean Korinke at 530.752.1067 or jfkorinke@ucdavis.edu.