J. William Conger, a faculty member in the Oklahoma City University School of Law, died at his home Tuesday of a heart attack, university officials announced Thursday. He was 68.
Conger practiced law for more than 40 years and was a founding partner at Oklahoma City law firm Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville.
In 2003, Conger began teaching at the law school. He taught trial practice, introduction to legal practice, civil procedure and complex litigation. In 2005, OCU students voted to give Conger the title of professor of the year.
In November, university officials gave Conger the Justice Marian P. Opala Award for Lifetime Achievement in Law. At the time, university officials announced plans to name the courtroom in the law school’s new downtown Oklahoma City campus in Conger’s honor.
Conger served as Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the law school. He also served as the university’s general counsel emeritus, having served as the university’s general counsel for eight years.
In a statement, law school Dean Valerie Couch said Conger was an asset to the school and would be missed.
“Bill was a force, not only for his clients whom he represented with enthusiasm and passion, but also for the hundreds of students who were fortunate to learn the values of the legal profession from his perspective,” Couch said. “He was a longtime and very dear friend of mine, and there are no words to describe his loss to me personally or to our law school that he loved. Bill touched people, and he will be deeply missed.”
Conger is survived by his wife, Sherry; their three daughters, Christen Conger, Jennifer Bentley and Erin Welch; and two grandchildren, Parker and Julianne Bentley.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel at Oklahoma City University.