Victor Futter ’39, Attorney, Former CCAA President
|Victor Futter ’39
PHOTO: JOE PINEIRO
Victor Futter ’39, ’42L, a prominent New York attorney
and law professor, died on September 21, 2005, at his home
in Manhasset, N.Y. He was 86. Futter served as president
of the Columbia College Alumni Association from 1972–74 and was
a dedicated supporter of the College and the University,
receiving the President’s Cup in 1999. He edited the
Columbia Law Review and had previously taught a seminar in
corporate law at the Law School. Until recently, Futter was
special counsel to the dean and a professor of law at Hofstra
University School of Law. He also was general counsel of Fairleigh
Futter was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on January 22, 1919.
In WWII, he was an Army officer in the European theater and a military
governor in Japan. A Kent Scholar, Futter began his legal career with
the New York firm Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked from 1946–52.
In 1952, he became associate general counsel of the Allied Corp. (later
Allied-Signal and now Honeywell International); at the time of his
retirement in 1984, he was a v.p. and secretary there. Futter later
was a partner in the New York office of the law firm now known as Sills
Futter received a distinguished service award from The
American Society of Corporate Secretaries. He was familiar with the
operation of corporate boards and had written extensively in this field.
Futter served on a number of nonprofit boards and was active in the
American Bar Association, where, among other things, he chaired the
Senior Lawyers Committee, and was an active member of the Corporate
Laws Committee and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
He also was a member of the American Law Institute.
Futter is survived by his wife, the former Joan Feinberg,
whom he married in 1943; children, Jeffrey; Ellen ’71
Barnard, ’74L, former president of Barnard College, and
Deborah ’82 SOA; and seven grandchildren.