LEXINGTON, Ky. - William Anderson LaBach, 74, attorney at law, passed away of cancer October 28 in Georgetown, KY. The son of Mary (Anderson) and James Parker LaBach, he was born December 29, 1938 in Lexington, KY. A graduate of Henry Clay High School and Transylvania University, he received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He completed a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ and then held faculty positions in mathematics at Northwestern and Florida State Universities.
Having decided to make a career change, Mr. LaBach earned a J.D. (law) degree and an M.A. in history from the University of Ky. He practiced law, specializing in civil and criminal litigation, in Fayette and Scott Counties from 1975 until his death. He was the author of two books on law and the Supreme Court, 'The Supreme Court Fails Its First Test: Chisholm v. Georgia' and 'America Wrestles with Race and Civil Rights: Dred Scott, Brown and Boumediene.'
Mr. LaBach’s many interests included gardening and genealogy. He served as president of the Lexington Rose Society, the Ky Genealogical Society and as a national officer of the Society of Descendants of Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. He was a life member of the Society of the Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution and the Jamestowne Society. In his later years, he became a popular substitute teacher in the Fayette and Scott County schools.
Mr. LaBach is survived by his wife Karen Mitchell LaBach, a brother, James Parker LaBach Jr. of Overland Park, KS, a sister, Mary Ellyn LaBach Hutton of Cincinnati, OH, a half-brother, Frederick Avery LaBach of Raleigh, NC, a nephew, John Stafford Hutton of Cincinnati, four nieces, Rebecca Hutton Fink of Tipp City, OH, Elizabeth LaBach Hutton of Cincinnati, Kathryn LaBach Taliaferro and Elaine LaBach Hamm of Overland Park, KS, one grand-nephew and nine grand-nieces. Visitation will be 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. November 4 at Kerr Brothers Funeral Home on East Main St. in Lexington. Services will be November 5 at 12 p.m. at Kerr Brothers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lexington History Museum.
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