(Died: February 18, 2009)
- Born September 13, 1928, in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Gates County, North Carolina. Parents, Walter C. and Ella Freeman. Married Sheila Kirsch Rawls, Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. Sons, James David and Richard Wayne Rawls. Walter C. Rawls, Jr. died in February, 2009.
EDUCATION AND RELATED ACTIVITIES
- Military High School in Illinois. (2nd Lt.-age 17 - National Guard)
Bachelor of Arts & Sciences Degree, University of Missouri, 1951.
Juris Doctor Degree, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1958.
Other graduate studies: Literature, History &
Art, Law, Finance, and Natural Sciences, including teaching position in France and Germany.
Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, 1973. Other Honorary Awards.
SCIENCE AND RELATED WORK
- Former President and Director, Biomagnetics International, Inc.; dedicated to scientific research and development from application of magnetic fields to organic and non-organic systems.
Co-author, Magnetism and Its Effects on the Living System, 1974
Co-author, The Magnetic Effect, 1975.
Co-author, The Rainbow in Your Hands, 1976.
Co-author, The Magnetic Blueprint of Life, 1979.
Fellow, College of Human Sciences, (F.C.H.S.)
Received numerous letters of congratulations, approvals, and verifications of scientific discoveries by educators, scientists, religious leaders, and medical personage, from many countries of the world. That list includes:
Several Presidents of the United States
The U.S. Representative to the U.N. and
The Secretary of State at the Vatican
Nominated to Nobel Committee for Award consideration in Medical Physics in 1976, by Dr. Stefan N. Naydenov to Bengt Gustafsson, Professor, M.D., Secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physiology of Medicine, Stockholm.
Since 1970, contributed over a million dollars of own monies towards scientific research and development against cancer and other diseases, agricultural improvments, etc., in a then-new field of science called Biomagnetism.
Actively assisted in the discovery, development and granting of 43 patents in over thirty countries.
In the legal/scientific area since 1970, voluntarily worked with various branches of our U.S. Government, including Director of Defense Research, U.S. Government, and Naval Research in Maryland. In addition, this list includes other U.S. agencies, various U.S. universities, several thousand doctors and scientists, and some officer or equivalent authority in more than one-half of the governments of the world.
An elected member of the Explorers' Club (New York), Federation of American Scientists and American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Albert Roy Davis Research Laboratories, received honorary D. Sc. for said work.)
Fellow of the European Medical Association
From 1972 to 1984 Science work occupied over 90% of time. Since 1984 over 98% of time. Phased out much of other activities since 1972 to devote time entirely to scientific research and development.
- U.S. officer in Infantry, Artillery and Intelligence, (Army and Civilian), with active service in foreign countries.
- Former General Agent in Europe, American Trust Life Insurance Company. (Cover job for intelligence work)
Refused appointment to the position of Deputy Director of the C.I.A. (under President Nixon)
Refused appointment Asst. Attorney General U.S. (under Nixon)
Investigative reports on Govt. Agencies, including co-author of a 1970 report "Energy Crisis and Solutions", made to Peter Flanigan, Administrative Aide to the President of the United States. Report approved by President, but never enacted into law.
On this report and some other legal matters with U.S. Government, served with luminaries, including Elmer Hoehn, Washington D.C. attorney and former Director of Oil and Gas Administration under President Johnson, Carl Dresscher, Sinclair International President, Roy Durst, Texas, then representing largest independent gas and oil holdings in the United States, Marshal Jeffers, former Vice President Tenneco Company.
ATTORNEY WORK AND HONORS
- A practicing attorney-at-law, beginning in 1958, predominately beginning with trial work. Later, confined to work in international business, finance, scientific research and development.
Manuscripts on History and Applied Science, including: "History of the Bar", 1965, (Jacksonville Bar Association)
Advisory Council, Washington University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri, 1970-1978
Admitted in 1971 to practice law before Supreme Court of United States, on sponsorship of former Judge Roger Waybright.
Bar Associations, past and present:
Jacksonville Bar, former executive member, Clay, Florida, and American Bar Association
International Bar Association, founding member with former president of American Bar, Charles Rhyne, of the World Peace through Law Center in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, July, 1971.
Founding Member, World Association of Lawyers
Florida and American Trial Lawyers Association
American Society International Law
American Judicature Society
Arbitrator on National Panel, American Arbitration Association
Over one hundred jury trials, most between 1959-1971 (with perhaps as many as 200 including out of court settlements). Of these cases:
Lost less than 7 of those trials.
Probably first attorney in Duval County to complete uninsured motorist case successfully under the then new law.
In entire legal career: had over 5,000 case files (over one-third of work done voluntarily or with reduced fees to help clients.)
Offer Council Judgeship appointment 1971,. Refused due to continuing work load being carried at the time.
For about seven years, served on active advisory board, approximately ten members, to own law school. Appointed by Chancellor of University. Served with such notables as Clark Clifford, former Secretary of Defense, Professor Freund, Constitutional Law Expert, Harvard, Dean of Chicago Law School, etc., voluntary service at my own expense.
Received Certificate of Merit in Law, 1967, London Organization for international law work.
Received Certificate for Achievement in Law, 1969, London Organization, for international law.
Have legal opinions on international banking, finance, etc., still honored... for example, approved as expert witness in Federal Court, Salt Lake City, Utah, Judge Jenkins, in early 1982, where lengthy legal opinion written in early 1970's was accepted by the Federal Court and the I.R.S. attorneys as evidence in a Federal case.
Consultant to United Nations, UNIDO office, out of Vienna, Austria, at my own expense on legal, financial, and industrial world development, primarily for developing countries, generally in agriculture and food production. Coordinated with U.S. Government on these activities.
In November-December, 1971, worked in Africa, at my own expense, through facilities of the U.N. and the African Development Bank and with Ministers of a number of African Governments in establishing improved methods for food and agricultural production.
In 1971 was registered with Barclay's Bank International Limited, Head office, London, England, as a food, agricultural and industrial development consultant, and as a financier.
Listed in 1975-1976 World's Who's Who in Finance and Industry.
Actively assisted in programs, at my own expense, as attorney, co-attorney, or financial representative, in arranging large sums of development monies to friendly foreign governments, programs involving funds of ten million to three hundred million dollars. Worked with officials of governments and with a number of foreign banks, including those of the Vatican.
Although since 1970 work has been primarily in Science, I still retained license as an attorney at law. Founded Rawls & Rawls legal partnership in 1982, upon younger son becoming an attorney.
SOME BUSINESS RELATED ACTIVITIES
- President, Director and Treasurer, Georgia-Florida Oil and Refining Company, Inc. (Inactive)
1986 Who's Who in Technology "World Who's Who in Finance and Industry."
Co-founder and contributor to the Walter Cecil Rawls Museum and Library, Courtland, Virginia, one of the most successful rural libraries in the United States, servicing four (4) counties, and contributor to scholarship funds organized in North Carolina and Virginia for achievement to black and white high school students.
SOME OTHER HONORS
- "The National Registry of Prominent Americans."
Have been awarded a Fellow in the International Institute of Human Sciences from McGill University and University of Montreal, which carries with it an honorary Ph. D.
New York Academy of Sciences, founded in 1817, honored (by board approval) as a member on my Doctor of Science degree.
Received Certificate of Technical Recognition and listed in Who's Who in Technology, 1986 edition, & 1989 edition.