Samuel B. Shepherd ’88

Samuel B. Shepherd ’88 died July 15, 2014, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. He was born on January 25, 1966, and graduated from Concord Academy. He transferred from Southern Methodist University to Bowdoin, where he was a standout student. As a junior, he was awarded the James Bowdoin Cup, presented by the Alpha Rho Upsilon fraternity to the varsity letter winner with the highest academic achievement. He also was co-winner of the Jefferson Davis Award for outstanding work in the study of constitutional law, co-recipient of the Pray English Prize, was a James Bowdoin Scholar, dean’s list student and member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated summa cum laude, with high honors in English, and was selected to deliver a commencement address at graduation. In his address, for which he received the Class of 1868 Prize, he urged his classmates to avoid taking intractable positions and to “live in the possibility of being wrong.” He went on to earn a combined JD/MBA at the University of Chicago in 1992. For more than 20 years, he was a partner in the Los Angeles-based trial law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan. He is survived by his mother, Mary K. Shepherd; daughter Shelby, and sister Katrina Murray.

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