William K. “Billy” Richardson, an accomplished entrepreneur, lawyer and teacher passed away on November 10. He was 62.
Richardson served as interim director of the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development from December 2014 until August 2016. In his lead role, he worked closely with the university’s XLR8UH proof-of-concept center to help program cohorts fully commercially their UH-owned technologies.
- Related UH News story: Entrepreneur Richardson to head UH technology transfer and commercialization office, November 24, 2014
The son of late Chief Justice William S. Richardson, the founder and namesake of the William S. Richardson School of Law at the UH Mānoa, Billy Richardson was a consummate supporter of the school. He was often called upon to speak to incoming classes, and would offer witty, loving and insightful stories about his father’s vision and the early days of the law school.
“I cannot begin to tell you of the sorrow that we as a community feel. Billy was such a generous and compassionate man, very much like his father, and he was always willing to do everything possible to support the law school, our faculty and especially our students,” said Dean Melody K. MacKenzie, who served as a law clerk to CJ Richardson and has known the Richardson family for 50 years. “He was a teacher, mentor, and visionary. He will be deeply missed by all of us.”