May 30, 2020

Treat honored as UM alumnus

ORONO — William W. Treat of Hanover, N.H., a judge, banker, political leader, author and U.S. delegate to the United Nations General Assembly, has been named to receive the University of Maine 1991 Alumni Career Award. Treat is a member of the Class of 1940.

Treat, who is a Winterport native, has associated with U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, governors, senators and foreign leaders. As a UM student, he held seven jobs including editor of the Maine Campus, to pay for his education.

World War II delayed his law school plans but he received his law degree from Boston University and continued his studies to earn an MBA from Harvard University.

He began a law practice in Hanover, N.H. and in 1972 founded the National College of Probate Judges and served as president of that institution for 10 years.

A Treat Award is presented each year to those who distinguish themselves in probate law. One recipient is Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

In the late 1950s, Treat opened the Hampton National Bank, serving as the first president and later on the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

He also became state chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party and visited the White House many times.

Former President Ronald Reagan named him a delegate to the United Nations and President Bush appointed him one of five representatives of the U.S. delegation to the 45th session of the UN General Assembly. Treat serves on the subcommission on human rights and has worked on setting international standards for a fair trial.

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