Samuel D. Thurman, 81, former professor and dean of the University of Utah College of Law, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 1995 of natural causes at his Salt Lake home.

Before joining the U., he was professor, associate and acting dean at Stanford University Law School, where he received his juris doctor degree and served on the faculty for 20 years.Mr. Thurman joined the U. faculty in 1962, serving as dean from then until 1975, when he resigned from administrative duties to return to full-time teaching. He was then named distinguished professor and later professor emeritus.

After leaving the U. law school, Mr. Thurman became professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and returned to the U. in 1993.

In 1988 he was the recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree from the U. and was honored by the American Bar Association in 1990 with the Robert J. Kutak Award.

In 1975 he was appointed by former President Gerald Ford to the board of directors of the Legal Services Corp., serving until 1978 in that organization, which supervises legal services for the poor. He was president of the American Association of American Law Schools, national president of the Order of the Coif, a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He was a high priest in the LDS Monument Park 17th Ward.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday in the Monument Park 17th Ward, 2795 E. Crestview Drive (1010 South). Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, and from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.