17, 2003 -- Mortimer Caplin, a former top government official and
leading advocate of public service who also made his mark as a collegiate
boxing champion, will deliver the commencement address at the University
commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service during the Kennedy
administration, will be the speaker at Finals Exercises on May 18
at 10 a.m. on the Lawn. He is a 1937 graduate of the College
of Arts & Sciences and graduated from the School
of Law in 1940.
he entered U.Va. at age 17, Caplin committed himself to all aspects
of University life. He was a standout athlete from 1933-37 in the
Universitys leading sport, going undefeated in the ring for
three years in the mid-1930s, including his last two on the team.
Although he suffered a broken hand, he still won the NCAA middleweight
also served as coach of the boxing team and was president of the
University Players drama group. In addition, he graduated as the
top law student in his class and was editor-in-chief of the Virginia
for his deep commitment to public service, teaching and the educational
process, he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in
Law in 2001. He was a member of U.Va.s Board of Visitors from
1992-97. His generosity as a benefactor to the Law School funded
the Law Schools Caplin Auditorium, the Daniel Caplin Professorship,
the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Scholarship, the Mortimer Caplin
Public Service Award, the Mortimer Caplin Public Service Center
and several major improvements to the school. He has served as a
trustee of the Law School Foundation, and, since its inception in
1990, as chairman of the Universitys Council for the Arts.
taught tax law at U.Va. from 1950-61, while serving as president
of the Atlantic Coast Conference. After serving as commissioner
of the Internal Revenue Service from 1961-64, he founded Caplin
& Drysdale in Washington, one of the nations leading tax
law firms. The U.S. Treasury Department presented him with its Alexander
Hamilton Award for "outstanding and unusual leadership"
when he left government service.
has been chairman of the board of the National Civic Service League
and the American Council on International Sports and a trustee of
the Peace Through Law Foundation in Washington. His many honors
include the Tax Executives Institutes Distinguished Service
Award and the American Jewish Committees Judge Learned Hand Human
L. D. Britt, a 1972 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences
who now is a professor and chairman of surgery at Eastern Virginia
Medical School, will give the Valedictory address on May 17 at 11
a.m. on the Lawn.