Howard J. Trienens ’forty five, ’forty nine JD, ’Ninety five H, Northwestern University alumnus, life trustee, former chair of the Board of Trustees and undoubtedly doubtless the most University’s most honorable benefactors, died July 26. He modified into Ninety seven years worn.
“Howard modified into clearly the neatest individual in any room. Nevertheless he wielded his improbable mind in a humane and galvanizing methodology,” acknowledged President Morton Schapiro. “I fully adored him and am so grateful to contain had him as a mentor and as a role mannequin. His contributions to his alma mater are legendary.”
Trienens grew to turn into a member of the board in 1967, serving as chair from 1986 to 1995. He grew to turn into a life trustee in 2000.
“Howard modified into a singularly beloved and esteemed member of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees for over five a protracted time, including virtually a decade as chairman, and his absence from the boardroom will doubtless be felt by us all,” acknowledged J. Landis Martin, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Howard’s honest right stewardship modified into integral to advancing Northwestern to its show mask stature. Many could perchance well no longer ever know the entire lot of his contributions to guiding Northwestern; right here’s a testomony to Howard’s cause, which modified into never about himself but constantly about Northwestern. Howard’s legacy is in a league of its be pleased and Northwestern will ceaselessly owe him its deepest gratitude.”
A double alumnus, he obtained his bachelor’s stage from Northwestern’s J.L. Kellogg College of Management in 1945 after getting back from carrier in the Navy for the interval of World War II. As a scholar at what modified into then the Northwestern University College of Law, he modified into editor-in-chief of the Illinois Law Overview (now recognized because the Northwestern University Law Overview).
Whereas at Northwestern, Trienens met his unhurried wife, Paula, who modified into additionally a Northwestern scholar. They contain been married in 1946. Trienens and his household supported many aspects of the Northwestern community, including athletics and the Law College. In reminiscence of Paula, he created the Howard & Paula Trienens Fund to make stronger the persisted development of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Joins Sidley Austin
After graduating in 1949, Trienens went on to educate a direction in prison law on the Law College earlier than becoming a member of the company Sidley Austin as an companion. From 1950 to 1952, he served as law clerk to Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson of the U.S. Supreme Court docket.
After returning to Sidley, he grew to turn into a partner in 1956 and modified into extra and additional desirous in regards to the management of the company. He modified into instrumental in the 1972 merger, bizarre on the time, of Sidley with Leibman, Williams, Bennett, Baird & Minow, a smaller company recognized for its company, banking, right estate, litigation, media and promoting practices. This consolidation additionally introduced Newton Minow ’forty nine, ’50 JD, ’sixty five H into the Sidley fold. Trienens and Minow contain been in the inaugural class of The American Lawyer Lifetime Fulfillment honorees.
Key role at AT&T
From 1980 to 1986, Trienens served as senior vp and fundamental counsel of AT&T, while placing forward his location at Sidley. At AT&T, he performed a key role in resolving the antitrust litigation introduced by the united states. The consent decree launched competition into the telecommunications alternate, and he modified into deeply desirous in regards to the restructuring of the Bell Plan and AT&T following the settlement of the Department of Justice suit.
In 1989, Trienens’ companions at Sidley Austin established The Howard J. Trienens Visiting Judicial Scholar Program and The Howard J. Trienens Professorship to honor his carrier to the company and to Northwestern. The Trienens Visiting Scholar Program has introduced many main jurists to the Law College, including eight supreme court docket justices. Professor Shari Diamond ’70 MA, ’seventy two Ph.D. has held the Trienens Chair since 2001.
“I had the privilege of working closely with Mr. Trienens for the interval of my years as a lawyer at Sidley Austin, and his love of the company, the observe of law, and mentoring young lawyers modified into beyond compare,” acknowledged Jim Speta, period in-between dean of Northwestern Pritzker College of Law. “In fact, I really contain prolonged described his consideration to direct, his strategic and thorough taking into consideration, and his management as terrifyingly handsome. He modified into amongst the lawyers most guilty for my early skilled model, and my abiding passion in the deep questions of telecommunications, utility and administrative law.”
Trienens obtained an honorary stage from Northwestern in 1995 and, the next year, modified into awarded the Alumni Medal, Northwestern’s very top alumni honor. In 2013, he modified into the indispensable recipient of the Law College’s Current Alumni Award.
In 2017, Trienens modified into interviewed for the Northwestern Law Oral History Mission. He shared this about pondering a career in academia: “Sitting in the office and trying to evaluate about issues to jot down about in law opinions modified into no longer my belief of stress-free. At the law company, you didn’t contain to originate felony problems, they came to you.”
Trienens modified into a accurate fan and supporter of Northwestern Athletics. Most lately, he made a reward to make stronger the renovation of a cutting-edge observe facility for basketball, volleyball and other packages in the Welsh-Ryan Enviornment. In recognition of the reward, the skill modified into named the Trienens Efficiency Center. He modified into elected to the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Repute in 2018.
“My sympathies exit to the Trienens household, their traffic and the limitless people that Howard impacted during his life,” acknowledged Derrick Gragg, Combe Family Vice President for Athletics and Recreation. “Northwestern’s ascension into the upper echelon of intercollegiate athletics wouldn’t contain been conceivable with out the devoted management and unwavering make stronger of Howard Trienens and his household. We are ceaselessly grateful for his dedication, generosity and legacy that will profit our scholar-athletes, coaches and staff a ways into the future.”
“We are really saddened by the passing of Howard Trienens,” acknowledged Joe McKeown, head females’s basketball coach at Northwestern. “He modified into an extremely honorable and passionate supporter of Northwestern University, our athletics department and the females’s basketball program. Our scholar-athletes and staff are lucky to name the Trienens Efficiency Center home. Its addition has no longer finest transformed the student-athlete abilities, but has been integral to the success of our program as we proceed to purchase Colossal Ten championships and compete for nationwide titles. His enthusiasm and encouragement will doubtless be vastly skipped over. Might presumably perchance he relaxation in peace.”
Trienens modified into preceded in loss of life by his wife, Paula, and his oldest son John. He’s survived by his daughter and fellow Northwestern Trustee Nan Trienens Kaehler ’79 MA/MS (’79 P); son Kip; nine grandchildren; 14 immense-grandchildren; and his longtime buddy and partner Sally Dumas.
“Over time, as I would take a seat in board conferences with Dad, I had the noble different to listen to CEOs, heads of enlighten and other leaders impart their high regard for my father,” Kaehler acknowledged. “Every little thing they acknowledged about him modified into honest right — he modified into honest right and kind, accurate to his company and to Northwestern, and an improbable mentor. He modified into additionally a loving and devoted father, grandfather and immense-grandfather, cherished by his household and traffic. We are living by his example.”
A memorial carrier will doubtless be deliberate.