It is with the greatest sadness that we report that Savannah Law School Associate Dean and Professor of Law Keith Harrison passed away on August 15, 2018 after a brief illness. Dean Harrison was a beloved friend, colleague, leader, teacher, and mentor to the students, faculty, and staff. He was a master teacher and a wise and skilled administrator.
Dean Harrison had a distinguished career of over 30 years in legal education as both a teacher and administrator. He began his academic career as a Clinical Teaching Fellow at Antioch School of Law. He then was an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, President of the Faculty Senate, and an Associate Professor at the University of Denver College of Law; and Vice Dean, Founding Chair of the Programs in International Criminal Law and Justice, and Professor at University of New Hampshire School of Law. He joined Savannah Law School in 2016.
Never far from Dean Harrison’s heart was his service to his country in the Coast Guard. He served with distinction for four years as a Judge Advocate before beginning his academic career. He was awarded the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon and left with the rank of Lieutenant. Dean Harrison continued to serve as a civilian member of the Department of Defense’s Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution, and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, and as a public member of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Code Committee.
Colleagues and students remember Dean Harrison as a talented teacher, an able administrator, and a trusted mentor and friend. He invariably took the time to know personally his students. He always had an encouraging word and displayed compassion and concern for people’s well-being. He was renowned for his wise counsel. He urged students and colleagues to hold themselves to high standards of accomplishment, character and integrity, but no higher than those to which he held himself. Everyone at Savannah Law School will miss his warm smile and quick wit. He touched the lives of countless students, faculty, and staff; and made a difference through his vocation as a teacher.
Dean Harrison was a graduate of St. John’s College and the University of Chicago Law School. He is survived by the family he loved dearly and of whom he was justifiably proud: his wife, Karen Anderson, whom he met in law school and who serves as Executive Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, and their children, daughter Micaele and son David, an Savannah Law School student. Please keep Dean Harrison’s family in your thoughts and prayers.
There will be a memorial service for Dean Harrison at Savannah Law School on Monday, August 20 at 12:30 p.m.