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Thomas Drake Samford, III

Thomas Drake Samford, III, American lawyer. Bar: Alabama 1961. Recipient John G. Buchanan prize politics, 1955, Jaycee Distinguished Service award, 1996; Farrah, Order Jurisprudence University Alabama, 1956; named one of four Outstanding Young Men in Alabama Junior Chamber of C., 1967.

Background

  • III, Thomas Drake Samford, was born on March 4, 1934 in Opelika, Alabama, United States.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Princeton University, 1955. Juris Doctor, University Alabama, 1961.

    Career

    • Owner firm Samford & Samford, 1961-1988. Judge Municipal Court, Opelika, 1961-1988. Member Alabama Permanent Judicial Commission, 1979-1983.

      General counsel Auburn University, 1965-1995, general counsel emeritus, from 1995. Lecturer Alabama Law Institute, 1969, American Judicature Society, since 1969.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Alabama 1961.

    Works

    • Editor-in-chief: Alabama Law Rev, 1960-1961.

    Membership

    Director, board trustees Opelika Comty. Chest, 1965-1968, president, 1966-1967. Board directors University Alabama Law School Foundation, Junior Achievement Chattahoochee-Lee.

    Elder Presbyterian church, 1974-1994, Methodist church, since 1994. Member American Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association (president 1965, Wright Jurisprudential award), Alabama State Bar, University Alabama National Alumni Association (president 1966-1967), Opelika Chamber of Commerce (director 1967, president 1968), Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Tau Omega, Phi Delta Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa. Lodges: Kiwanis (board directors 1966-1967, president 1969-1970).

    Connections

    • Son of Thomas Drake and Aileen (Maxwell) S., Junior. Married Jacqueline Screws, June 7, 1955. Children: Thomas Drake IV, Jacquelyn, Robert Maxwell, Richard Drake.
    • father: Thomas Drake S.
    • mother: Aileen (Maxwell) S.
    • spouse: Jacqueline Screws
    • children: Thomas Drake IV III
    • Jacquelyn III
    • Robert Maxwell III
    • Richard Drake III
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    Born March 4, 1934
    Died August 8, 2003
    (aged 69)
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