Academic journal article Vanderbilt Law Review

Memories of Jeff

Academic journal article Vanderbilt Law Review

Memories of Jeff

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Jeff seemed intrigued by new things, new ideas, and new places. As a youngster, he often read about unusual things and places in books or in the encyclopedia. In later years, he frequently explored new cities and enjoyed making friends wherever he went. His daily planner contained numerous addresses, phone numbers, and birthdays of friends.

He found pleasure in being independent and creative and took pride in his work. In his early teens, he operated a small lawn-care business which enabled him to buy his first truck-"ole blue." He even designed a triangular flower bed for his parents, which contained three crepe myrtles, marigolds, mums, and daffodils. Later, when the family lost a large oak tree near the patio, Jeff planted Bradford pear trees and some cedars. During periodic trips home he layered these beds with pine needles.

Jeff enjoyed challenges: becoming actively involved in school politics in junior high, senior high, and college; enrolling in paratrooper school while in ROTC at Clemson University; accepting clerkships with two Federal judges in Memphis and Miami; and finally receiving a position with an international law firm in New York. …

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