May 9, 2003
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William Gary Vause
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GULFPORT - William Gary Vause, 60, who was dean and vice president of the College of Law at Stetson University, died Friday, May 9, 2003. He is survived by his wife, Maria Celia Vause. A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday at Most Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, 5800 15th Avenue South, Gulfport, Fla. Family will receive friends from 5 to 10 p.m. EDT, with a wake at 7 p.m. EDT and a rosary at 9 p.m. EDT today at the church. Other services will be at 10 a.m. EDT Thursday at Northwoods Baptist Church, 3762 Capital Circle NW in Tallahassee, burial will follow in the family cemetery in Fort Braden. To provide scholarship's to it's master of laws program, memorial contributions may be made to The Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707. Bevis Funeral Home in Tallahassee (385-2193) is handling arrangements. A native of Tallahassee he was raised in the Fort Braden Community. He received a bachelor's degree and Doctorate of laws from the University of Connecticut and a master of laws and doctorate of judicial science from the University of Virginia. He also held a certificate in Mandarin Chinese from Yale University and served as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in China. He was fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He joined Stetson's faculty as assistant dean 28 years ago. A prolific author on law and business, he had an extensive background in dispute resolution and was an expert in international trade and investment law. Other survivors include, a brother, Robert L. "Bobby" Vause (and wife Debi) of Crawfordville; a sister, Suzanne Vause Long (and husband John D.) of Tallahassee; two nephews, D. Chad Strickland of Atlanta and John Daniel Long III of Tallahassee. Published in the Tallahassee Democrat from 5/10/2003 - 5/12/2003.