Havard Law School and Andrews Kurth LLP have announced a new endowed financial aid fund in honor of the late Richard H. Caldwell ’63. The fund, which has grown to more than $200,000, will benefit HLS students who hail from Texas.
“Richard Caldwell embodied the qualities that Harvard Law School strives to instill in our students—integrity, passion, and professional excellence,” said Dean Martha Minow, who attended a reception held Dec. 7 at the law firm’s Houston office to accept donations for the endowment. “We are honored to create this financial aid fund in his name.”
A senior partner at Andrews Kurth until his death in October, Caldwell maintained close ties with HLS throughout his nearly 50-year career. He handled a variety of commercial and civil litigation, including complex securities cases, contested corporate takeovers, product liability cases and contract disputes. He joined Andrews Kurth in 2001 when it merged with the firm that he helped build, Mayor, Day, Caldwell & Keeton LLP.
With individual contributions matched by Andrews Kurth, the Richard H. Caldwell Financial Aid Fund will continue to grow each year as the namesake’s colleagues and other Harvard alumni direct additional contributions to the fund, according to the law firm.
“Richard was an exceptional student, but he was only able to attend Harvard Law School because of the availability of financial aid; this fund will be a fitting tribute to him,” said Rex VanMiddlesworth ’80, a partner at Andrews Kurth. “It is a true testament to the outstanding person and lawyer he was that Richard’s friends and colleagues contributed so much to establish this fund in a matter of a few weeks.”