William Ozzard
Position: Class of 1931
Profile: Inducted 2003 (Deceased)

William E. Ozzard a graduate of Rutgers University , spent more than 50 years as a legislature, attorney and public servant. Mr. Ozzard, was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1949 after graduating from the New York University Law School. He joined the Somerville firm of Beekman & Beekman and later became a partner.

He served 13 years in the Legislature and 23 years as Somerset County counsel. In 1963, he was State Senate President and was Acting Governor for two months. He left the State Senate in 1967 and made an unsuccessful bid for governor the following year. In 1953, Mr. Ozzard was elected as Somerset County Assemblyman and was twice re-elected to the Assembly, replacing Malcom S. Forbes in 1957 when Forbes ran for governor.

As Somerset County counsel, he helped the county acquire the land under Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg and the courthouse complex in Somerville, In 1967, Governor Richard Hughes appointed Senator Ozzard Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Public Utilities, which he served on until 1973. He was also admitted to the Florida bar in 1975.

Senator Ozzard was a first lieutenant in World War II and received the Army Commendation Ribbon, the European Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal and two battle stars.