John Woodburn Houghton


John Woodburn Houghton



John Woodburn Houghton was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on March 30, 1920. After graduating from Huntington High School in Huntington, Indiana, Houghton attended Huntington College for his first year of college. He then transferred to Indiana University, where he graduated with an A.B. degree in 1941. Next, he enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law and received his L.L.B. degree, with distinction, in December of 1942. In law school, Houghton was President of the IU Law Club, a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Indiana Law Journal (v.18).

After law school, Houghton joined the Indianapolis firm Barnes, Hickam, Pantzer & Boyd. He remained at the firm until 1999, serving as a partner for 36 years. He specialized in litigation and probate law and headed the firm’s litigation department from 1980 to 1987. Houghton served as President of the Lawyers Association of Indianapolis from 1952 to 1953, the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society in 1959, and the Indianapolis Bar Association in 1961. He was the General Chairman of the Indiana Bar Association’s House of Delegates in 1970-71. In 1993, he received the 50-Year Award from the Indiana State Bar Association.

Houghton served on the Law School’s Board of Visitors from 1975 to 1987, and again from 1994 to 2001, and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1995. John Woodburn Houghton died in 2009 at the age of 89.


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