The Laurence Neal Woodworth Memorial Lectures in Federal Tax Law and Policy brings to campus a distinguished scholar or professional in tax law. The lecture series is named in honor of Laurence Neal Woodworth, a 1940 graduate of ONU, and a long-serving Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
Dr. Woodworth joined the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation in 1944, became Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee in 1964 and served with distinction in that position until he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Policy, the principal tax policy official in the executive branch, in 1977. His term as Assistant Secretary ended suddenly with his death in 1977. In recognition of his service, he received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest decoration awarded by the Treasury Department. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Woodworth played an important role in shaping such landmark legislation at the Tax Reform Acts of 1969 and 1976 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974.
Dr. Woodworth had an encyclopedic knowledge of federal tax law and policy, and he was able to explain even the most complex legislative proposals clearly and simply. He was known for his bipartisanship in leading the Joint Committee, as well as for his gracious and kindly personality. Dr. Woodworth also was a mentor and friend to economists and lawyers who went on to make outstanding contributions in government and in private tax practice. Dr. Woodworth also served his community and Ohio Northern with distinction. He was mayor of Cheverly, Maryland, trustee of Ohio Northern from 1969-1977, and was instrumental in establishing several endowed chairs at ONU. The lecture series was endowed by Dr. Woodworth's friends and associates.