Part of the law school's $75 million For the Bold campaign, the gift, made in honor of Arthur's late husband, Judge R. William Arthur, will support scholarships and other law school priorities. Dorothy Arthur previously gave more than $335,000 to establish a loan repayment assistance endowment at the law school in her husband’s memory.
Dorothy Arthur earned degrees from Roanoke College and Simmons College in Boston and was an educator. William Arthur earned his undergraduate and law degrees at William & Mary and had a general law practice in Wytheville from 1940 until 1969. From 1946 until 1950, he served as mayor of Wytheville, where he helped the community deal with one of the most serious outbreaks of polio in U.S. history. He also served on the Virginia Higher Education Study Commission, which during his tenure recommended the creation of Virginia's community college system, and served as a member of the William & Mary board of visitors from 1954 until 1962 and again from 1966 until 1969. In 1965, he received the William & Mary Alumni Association's highest honor, the Alumni Medallion. Longtime supporters of the college, the Arthurs made gifts in support of the Fund for William & Mary, the law school’s annual fund, an Alumni House expansion in the mid-1990s, and the William H. Cabell Research Professorships.
"We are enormously grateful for this gift," said W&M president Taylor Reveley. "It will allow us to provide so many outstanding students with the opportunity to attend the first law school in the nation."