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Samuel Alexanger Garrison, III
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Birth: Feb. 21, 1942
Death: May 27, 2007
Roanoke City
Virginia, USA

****Former Watergate attorney Samuel Alexander Garrison III is shown in a 1982 file photo. Garrison III, who defended President Richard Nixon in impeachment hearings in 1974 and later became a gay activist, died Sunday, May 27, 2007, after a long battle with leukemia, said Mark Harris, his partner of 17 years. He Served as the deputy minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee and later also was the chief Republican counsel. He was 65.****
****Samuel Alexander Garrison III, 65, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, May 27, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He was affectionately known as Sam and Sandy. Sam was born on February 21, 1942 in Roanoke, son of the late Samuel Alexander Garrison II and the late Doris Hatcher Garrison. He was a retired lawyer and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his daughter Lisa Kay Garrison, sister Katherine Garrison Peters, and grandparents Samuel Alexander Garrison I and Louise R. Garrison, and Jordan and Katherine Hatcher. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved longtime partner Mark Steven Harris and their beloved pets Uad and Clifford of Roanoke; beloved son David Alexander Garrison and wife Maureen Horesh of Exton, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Adam Alexander Garrison of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, and Jacob Ryan Garrison and Marlo Lisa Garrison of Exton, Pennsylvania; nephew Christopher Peters of Roanoke; Uncle Jack Garrison and wife Dorothy of Roanoke; Aunt Madeline Collins and husband Everette of Roanoke; Aunt Delores Van Valkenburgh and husband Meredith of Portland, Oregon; Aunt Barbara Spencer and husband Kenneth of Roanoke; Godmother Jean Hammersley of Roanoke; Shirley L. Harris-Slocum of Martinsville, Virginia, mother of Mark Harris; and numerous cousins. He leaves behind a host of long time friends, including Hal Cohen of Alexandria, Virginia; Tom Dugan of Columbus, Ohio; and Linda Wyatt of Roanoke. Sam Garrison graduated from Roanoke Catholic High School in 1959. He was class valedictorian, and served as class president during his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Elks National Scholarship and the National Merit Scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the School of Education, University of Virginia in 1963. Sam served as Vice President of The Jefferson Society, and was Secretary of the UVA Class of 1963. He was a President of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, Virginia Chapter, while at UVA. Sam served as a student clerk at McGuire, Woods & Battle of Charlottesville, Virginia, 1964-1966, and a summer associate at Kelley, Drye, Newhill, Maginnes & Warren of New YYork, New York in 1965. Sam received a Juris Doctor Degree, School of Law, University of Virginia in 1966. He was a member of the John Bassett Moore Society. Sam was formerly in private practice in Roanoke and a former member of the American Bar Association, Virginia Bar Association, Virginia State Bar and Roanoke Bar Association. Sam was an associate at Richard Lee Lawrence & Associates of Roanoke 1993-1996, and a partner with Mundy & Garrison of Roanoke 1975-1978. He served as NAACP representative on the Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Roanoke Valley. Sam was Press Secretary, Virginia GOP Gubernatorial Nominee in 1961. He served as Chief Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, 1966-1969. He also served as Chair of the Roanoke Valley Law Enforcement Council, 1968-1970. Sam served as Commonwealth's Attorney, City of Roanoke 1970-1971, carrying 30 of 32 precincts as a Republican nominee in the 1969 election. At age 28, he was the youngest person in history to hold that office. He was the statewide Co-Chair, Virginians for Reagan in 1968. Sam was Associate Counsel responsible to the Minority Committee of the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, 1970-1972, with the Hon. Emmanuel Celler (D-NY), Chair, and the Hon. Richard H. Poff (R-VA), Ranking Member. He served as Counsel to the Vice President of the United States, Spiro Agnew, and was his Special Assistant for liaison with Members of the House of Representatives, 1972-1973; in the latter capacity, he served as chief co-coordinator of participation by House Members in the April 1973 visit to Capital Hill of President Thieu of South Vietnam, which was hosted by the Vice President as President of the Senate. Sam was Deputy Minority Counsel of the Nixon Impeachment Inquiry, December 1973 to July 1974, and Chief Minority Counsel during the Nixon Presidential Impeachment Inquiry, Committee of the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives, July-August 1974. Sam was featured twice on ABC-TV's "Nightline" in May 2003. He served as Chair, Progressive Democratic Coalition in Roanoke 1993-1995 and Vice Chair of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee, 1993 and 2003-present. Sam was a member of the Sixth District Democratic Committee; State Central Committee; and member of the State Resolutions Committee, Democratic Party of Virginia. He was a member of the Special Events Committee, City of Roanoke, 1992-1995. Sam was recipient of the Lambda Service Award, Alliance of Lesbian and Gay Organizations of Western Virginia, 1992, and recipient of the Community Service Award, Human Rights Campaign, 1994. He was a member of the Executive Board, Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbians Democratic Club, 2002-present, and a member of the United States Attorney's Hate Crimes Task Force, Western District of Virginia, 2001-2003. Sam served as a Board Member, Virginia Council of Human Rights, 2003-2004, appointed by Governor of Virginia Mark Warner. The Virginia Partisans recently established the Sam Garrison Voter Outreach Scholarship Award. Sam was a passionate civil rights advocate and opened many doors for minorities in our community. The family would like to thank the staff of the Blue Ridge Cancer Care Center, especially Dr. Padmaja Mallidi, M.D.; the staff of the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Center Third Floor, Oncology; the staff of Friendship Healthcare Center Palliative Care Unit, especially Emma Brown; and Carilion Hospice Services, especially Dale Weddle, Alan Mabry and Chris Helton for their professionalism, care and understanding. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 24, 2007 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity or organization of your choice. The family will receive friends immediately after the service in the church reception hall, hosted by the Harris family.
Created by: Darlene Neff
Record added: Jun 03, 2007
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Samuel Alexanger Garrison, III
Added by: Darlene Neff
Samuel Alexanger Garrison, III
Added by: Darlene Neff
Samuel Alexanger Garrison, III
Added by: Darlene Neff
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