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A former corporate attorney who turned to teaching, John Sutherland devoted 33 years to academic following a career that began in private industry.
The former real estate attorney for Standard Oil of Indiana joined the university in 1967, and has retired as professor emeritus of legal studies. He came to the institution with a wealth of knowledge in the business and legal areas, having also served as a law clerk at a Topeka, Kan., law firm, as well as worked for Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, and Sutherland-Becker Laboratories, Burlingame, Kan.
The former Kansan attended Washburn University in Topeka, where he completed an undergraduate degree in 1961 with a major in political science and history. He attended Washburn’s law school, and completed his Juris Doctorate there in 1964 then studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he earned a Master of Laws degree in 1971. Dr. Sutherland was a member of the Kansas Bar Association.
While at Central, he drew from his vast professional experiences, teaching courses such as Legal Environment of Business, Law of Business Transactions, and Principles of Real Estate to many Central students in the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies.