College of Law Class of 1923




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William Williams Kirtley, LL.B.

Island, Kentucky

ΤΔΑ; ΦΑΔ; Henry Clay Law Society; Patterson Literary Society

There may not be a row of “A’s” to decorate “Bill’s” name,

But if we listen to the ladies he is sure for the hall of fame.

“Bill” was never called a squirrel, nor a member of the hookworm’s clan,

As a matter of “public policy”, her prefers the ways of the all-round man.

-The Kentuckian, 1923

William Williams Kirtley (December 10, 1898 - September 4, 1944) was born in Island, Kentucky to Jacob Leander Kirtley and Nannie Melton. Kirtley practiced law in Owensboro. He also served terms as Owensboro city attorney. He married Louise Gasser in 1936. The couple practiced law together in the firm of Kirtley & Kirtley until Mr. Kirtley's death in 1944. Mrs. Kirtley would later serve as a judge for the Owensboro Police Court, as Owensboro city attorney, and as a member of the Kentucky General Assembly.