S. Shepherd Tate

S. Shepherd Tate died on May 28, 2019

After a long and fulfilling life of service, commitment and devotion to his faith, family, community, profession and nation, S. Shepherd Tate, who was born on December 19, 1917, died on May 28, 2019.

Inducted into the College in 1994, Shep went to law school at The University of Virginia, his grandfather's law school. While at The Law School, as he called it, he served as an editor of the Virginia Law Review. Immediately thereafter, Shep enlisted in the Navy and ultimately was stationed in China as an Intelligence Officer, working with the allied Chinese military in preparation for the invasion of Japan. He loved his experience in the Navy and remained in the Naval Reserves until he retired as a Commander. 

After the war, Shep clerked at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge John D. Martin. When his judicial clerkship concluded, he joined Judge Martin's son in the practice of law. Shep remained at Martin, Tate, Morrow & Martson, PC, until he retired from the active practice of law in 2008 at age 90. 

Throughout his professional life and into his retirement, Shep remained an active leader in a host of civic, church, educational and professional endeavors. He also received many awards and recognitions for doing the things that he loved.