Sam Myar Memorial Scholarship
The Sam A. Myar, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a tribute to the significant contributions Myar made to the legal profession and the dedicated service he provided to the community of Memphis. The scholarship also stands testament to his educational achievements and high ethical standards. Myar was a brilliant, well-educated and outstanding young man, devoted to his family, his country, his profession and his community, to which he gave unselfishly and always with integrity. Myar excelled academically at every level. A native Memphian, Myar graduated first in his class from Central High School. He was also first in his class at the University of Virginia, in his law school class at the University of Chicago, and in his midshipman’s class. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II and completed his service as a Lieutenant Commander. Myar served as an instructor for approximately ten years for Southern Law School (a predecessor of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law). Myar died in 1959 at the age of 39. His personification of high moral standards, integrity, educational achievement and community service inspired his partners and friends to establish an endowed scholarship in his memory in 1960.
His wife, Katharine (Kay) Myar, who passed away in 2014, was a loyal donor and friend of the Law School and of the Law Review. His three children, Katharine Berlin, Henry Myar and Louise Wells continue to support the fund in their father’s name.