Longtime UHLC adjunct professor in admiralty law, Gus Schill, dies at 85

March 27, 2018 — Gus August Schill, Jr., who served as an adjunct professor in Admiralty Law at the University of Houston for nearly three decades, died Sunday in Kerrville at the age of 85.

He was awarded the Honorary Alumnus Award from the University of Houston and the A.A. White Outstanding Professors Award in 2000. He published many articles on admiralty topics and legal ethics and often spoke at legal seminars.

A Houston native, Schill graduated from Rice University in 1955 with a B.A. degree and from the University of Texas Law School in 1958. During his 39-year law career in Houston, Gus specialized in Admiralty Law at Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams.

"He was known in the profession and in the classroom as a lawyer who held himself to the highest standards of professionalism. He was a fine gentleman and a brilliant teacher," said UHLC Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, one of many colleagues who remarked on his classroom skills as well as his sense of humor.

An active supporter of Rice University, Schill served as president of the Alumni Association in 1972-73 and was awarded their Distinguished Alumni Award and the Gold Medal, their highest award. He was a member of the Rice board of trustees from 1994 to 1998.

In retirement he moved to Kerrville where he was a volunteer court appointed special advocate for foster children and served on the council of Zion Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Kay Gorges Schill, and their children, Mary Martha Schill and Steven August Schill.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Zion Lutheran Church. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Gus A. Schill, Jr. Scholarship in History, Rice University, P.O. Box 1892, MS 81, Houston, Texas 77251-1892 or to the Zion Lutheran Church, 600 Barnett Street, Kerrville, Texas 78028.

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