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Louie Samuel Echols III
February 2, 1940 – May 13, 2022

A son of the old South, Louie S. Echols III (Lou) was named for his father, Louie Samuel Echols, Jr. when born in Gainesville, Florida to Mr. Echols and Mary Louise Brown Echols. He entered Yale from The University of Florida’s P.K. Yonge Laboratory School in Gainesville and became a history major, winning many awards for his scholarship, including being a Ranking Scholar and election to Phi Beta Kappa as a Junior.

Louie moved with a group of floormates in Farnum to Calhoun where his thoughtfulness, calm demeanor, great listening skills, even-handedness and wry sense of humor was appreciated by all. Those traits helped to get him elected to the College Council for many years, and to serve as President his Senior year. Louie was also elected to Phi Gamma Delta and service as its Treasurer in 1961. While there he participated in a fight of principle with the mother house over their not allowing the chapter to integrate. He served our class as a member of Executive Committee for the Class Gift Fund and as secretary of the Senior Advisory Board.

The culmination of his scholarship, service and sports involvement (he played on the Calhoun basketball team) at Yale earned Louie a Rhodes Scholarship to Christ Church College Oxford.

After earning his MA from Christ Church, he entered Yale Law School, during which time Louie TA-ed for History Prof. Edmund S. Morgan.

After receiving his LLD, Louie spent most of his career in higher education, first at Fordham. Then he was lured by Dennis Blumer, one of his Calhoun roommates, for a longer stint at the University of Wisconsin -Madison where he was advisor to the chancellor and to the president of the Wisconsin System. While there he became the associate director for the university’s Sea Grant Program.

At a Sea-Grant conference in New Orleans he met Bronwyn Hurd and they were married on July 14, 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin. They produced three children, Nathaniel, Rosalind and William, who in turn have produced two grandchildren: Meredith and Gryffyn. He was particularly proud that Nathaniel (’02) became a member of Calhoun. In 1983 the family moved to Seattle where Louie served as the director of the University of Washington’s Sea Grant Program for the next 22+ years until his retirement.

Counseling and advising youth were special passions of Louie’s, which he deployed to the service of the selection committees of the Rhodes Scholarship in Wisconsin and Washington, and the national Krauss Fellowship Program. Upon retirement Louie delved into art history which led to international travel to visit art sites and museums. It was on one of those trips that he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died two weeks later, on May 13, 2022. A memorial gathering was held a year later in Seattle on June 3, 2023.

— John D. Hatch III