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This branch of the Harrison family has resided in the state of Virginia for over three hundred years and has been fortunate to recently have seven members, the fifth generation of the family, graduate from the University. A walk around the grounds of the University will underscore the importance this school has had on the family.

In no particular order there is the David A Harrison III Law Grounds, The Mary and David Harrison Institute for American History, Literature and Culture, and The Carter-Harrison Research Building at the Medical School. In addition, each year over thirty students are awarded one of The Harrison Undergraduate Research Awards, and over forty Harrison Professorships in a multitude of disciplines are also awarded.

Their generosity has enriched the Football program, as well. In 1995 the David A. Harrison III field was dedicated at Scott Stadium. Mr. Harrison, a 1939 graduate of the College and a 1941 graduate of the Law School, was there with his five children to cut the ribbon. The-state-of-the-art natural turf field replaced the artificial turf that had been installed in 1974 and donated by the Scott family.

On September 2, 2000 a new era at the stadium dawned at the dedication of the Carl Smith Center, home of the David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. The Harrison Family donated the newly built and greatly expanded President’s Box and their names along with their father’s were inscribed on the plaque outside the Box and they are: David Alexander Harrison IV, Marjorie Harrison Webb, Mary Tayloe Harrison Keevil, George Anderson Harrison and Anne Lee Harrison Armstrong.

Over the years members of the family have served on the Boards of The College Foundation, The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, The Parent’s Committee, The Medical School Foundation and the Capital Campaign Committee.

David Harrison played on the Lacrosse team for the University in the 1960s, Marjorie’s son Peter Webb and Mary’s son Harrison Keevil played on the Rugby team in the early 2000s, and Marjorie’s son-in-law Ryan Childress was a member of the UVA football team from 2000 to 2004. Currently, Marjorie Webb Childress serves on the Bicentennial Commission which underscores the fact that the Harrison family's passion for the University of Virginia lives on.

Harrison Family

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