William Treadway accepted appointment as Visiting Professor of Law when he retired as General Attorney for the Santa Fe Railway. Happily, it became an extended visit. He had lectured part-time for many years and his credentials for teaching were impeccable. He earned his first law degree in 1927 from George Washington and completed an S.J.D. at Michigan in 1933.
Treadway was a model of professionalism. When senior students initiated the William O. Douglas Outstanding Professor Award in 1976, they elected Treadway as the first recipient. Students described him as a model of “a scholar and a gentleman”. (History of Washburn Law School 1903-2003, p. 240-241)