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William Moore Van Cleve

William Moore Van Cleve, lawyer. Bar: Missouri 1953.


  • Cleve, William Moore Van was born on March 17, 1929.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Phillips Academy, 1946. Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Princeton University, 1950. Juris Doctor, Washington University, St. Louis, 1953.

      Doctor of Laws (honorary), Washington University, St. Louis, 2001.


    • Associate Dunbar and Gaddy, St. Louis, 1955-1958. Partner Bryan Cave LLP (and predecessor firm), 1958-2000, chairman, 1973-1994, senior counsel., from 2001. Board directors Emerson Electric Company.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Missouri 1953.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Trustee Washington University, since 1983, vice chairman board trustees, 1988-1993, 95-2000, chairman, 1993-1995, member executive committee, since 1985. President Eliot Society, 1982-1986. Chairman Law School National Council, 1986-1993.

    Commissioner St. Louis Science Center, 1993-2000, board trustees, since 2001. Board directors, Parents As Teachers National Center, since 1991, president, 1997-2000. Member American Bar Association, Bar Association Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar Association, Order of Coif (honorary).

    Clubs: Princeton (president 1974-1975), Noonday (president 1985), St. Louis Country, Bogey (president 1990-1991), Round Table (St. Louis).


    • Son of William T Van Cleve and Catherine (Baldwin) Moore Van Cleve. Married Georgia Hess Dunbar, June 27, 1953. Children: Peter Dunbar, Robert Baldwin, Sarah Van Cleve Van Doren, Emory Basford.
    • father: William Cleve
    • spouse: Georgia Hess Dunbar
    • children: Peter Dunbar Cleve
    • Robert Baldwin Cleve
    • Sarah Van Cleve Van Doren Cleve
    • Emory Basford Cleve
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    Born March 17, 1929
    Died February 28, 2003
    (aged 73)