William Denny Baskett III, long-time Cincinnati attorney, died December 21 of natural causes at his home in Mt. Adams. He was 81.
Mr. Baskett was born in Chicago, the son of William and Ruth (Burcham) Baskett. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1961, and entered Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1964.
Following graduation, he joined the Cincinnati law firm of Frost and Jacobs, where he spent his entire legal career, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Baskett served as general council of Cincinnati Bell and for its subsidiary, Convergys, when it became an independent company in 1998. He retired from active practice in 2001.
Mr. Baskett was a one-time active member of the Mt. Adams Civic Association, and served as an elder of Seventh Presbyterian Church. He also served as president of the Harvard Club of Cincinnati, and as a board member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and of the Cincinnati Opera. He was also a member of the Queen City Club, and the Cincinnati Country Club.
Each year, following his retirement, Mr. Baskett went to the University of Cambridge to attend summer classes in English Literature.
In addition to his wife, Mary Welsh Baskett, he is survived by a son, Frank Burcham Baskett of Palm Harbor, FL, and a sister, Becky Lenair Baskett of Cincinnati.
Spring Grove Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Memorial gifts may be made to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 217 W. 12th Street, Cincinnati 45202.