May­nard Gar­ri­son, Jr.

Septem­ber 6, 1925 - Jan­uary 6, 2019

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May­nard Gar­ri­son, Jr. passed away peace­fully on Jan­uary 6, 2019 at his nurs­ing home af­ter a lengthy bat­tle of age-re­lated is­sues and ad­vanced de­men­tia. Born Septem­ber 6, 1925, he was the only child of May­nard Gar­ri­son, Sr. and Nathalie (Need­ham) Gar­ri­son. His for­ma­tive years were spent in Pasadena. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from South Pasadena High School, May­nard de­layed his col­lege ed­u­ca­tion at Prince­ton Univer­sity un­til af­ter his ser­vice in the United States Navy. Fol­low­ing World War II, May­nard stud­ied U.S. his­tory and honed his golf skills on the Prince­ton golf team. He par­tic­i­pated in the pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional Boyd-Quaich Me­mo­rial Golf Tour­na­ment and fell in love with the olde towne of St. An­drews, Scot­land—a love he would nur­ture for his en­tire life.

The fam­ily moved to San Fran­cisco in 1943 when May­nard Sr. was ap­pointed In­surance Com­mis­sioner of Cal­i­for­nia by Gover­nor Earl War­ren. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from Prince­ton in 1950, he be­gan law school at Stan­ford Univer­sity. He fin­ished his law de­gree at the Univer­sity of San Fran­cisco and prac­ticed busi­ness law for some 40 years in San Fran­cisco.

In 1959, he joined the San Fran­cisco Golf Club; for 60 years he served as the club’s long­est liv­ing mem­ber un­til his re­cent death. He hit his best shot—a hole-in-one— on the 17th hole at Peb­ble Beach in the Swal­lows Tour­na­ment in 1982, fol­lowed by two holes-in-one at SFGC. He served as the Club his­to­rian through­out his mem­ber­ship. May­nard had a love of vin­tage sports cars and spent sum­mers in the 1970s and 1980s rac­ing his Mercedes-Benz Gull­wing and his Kur­tis Kraft mus­cle car around the tracks at Sears Point Race­way and La­guna Seca as a mem­ber of the Clas­sic Sports Car Rac­ing Group.

He served on many boards dur­ing his life­time in­clud­ing found­ing pres­i­dent and le­gal coun­sel for Quar­ry­hill Botan­i­cal Gar­den in Sonoma and Edge­wood Chil­dren’s Home. He was a mem­ber of the Bo­hemian Club, the Royal & An­cient Golf Club in Scot­land since 1982, and was a past pres­i­dent of Villa Tav­erna.

Later in his life, May­nard be­came a cel­e­brated au­thor and United States Con­sti­tu­tional scholar with his writ­ings about “Amer­i­can’s Fore­most Found­ing Fa­ther,” James Wil­son of St. An­drews--one of only six sign­ers of both the Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence and the Con­sti­tu­tion. He was pub­lished by Lib­erty Fund and Colo­nial Wil­liams­burg Press. He was hon­ored at Mont­pe­lier, James Madi­son’s home in Vir­ginia in 2009, where he was in­vited to speak about James Wil­son’s im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the Con­sti­tu­tion and last­ing im­pact on the found­ing of our Coun­try. He was hon­ored by the Univer­sity of St. An­drews, Scot­land for his con­tri­bu­tions on the sub­ject. He spoke at an ex­clu­sive event dur­ing the Univer­sity’s 600th An­niver­sary fes­tiv­i­ties in 2013. A bronze plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing May­nard’s schol­ar­ship and writ­ings hangs in the en­trance to the Univer­sity of St. An­drews Li­brary. He was also in­flu­en­tial in cre­at­ing the James Wil­son Schol­ar­ship for grad­u­ate stu­dents study­ing the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion. May­nard leaves be­hind his beloved wife of 53 years Mary (Spald­ing); daugh­ters Libby (Richard Sloan), Peggy (James R. Mur­phy); daugh­ters Dodie and Mary from a pre­vi­ous mar­riage; and nu­mer­ous grand­chil­dren and great grand­chil­dren. He is pre­ceded in death by his old­est daugh­ter Les­lie.

Pri­vate ser­vices are pend­ing. Dona­tions on his be­half can be made to Quar­ry­hill Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in Sonoma (www.quar­ry­hillbg. org) or the Amer­i­can Red Cross.

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