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University of Memphis Site Will Honor Former State Senator Curtis Person Jr.
For release: October 12, 2007
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The University of Memphis will honor veteran Tennessee legislator, long-time University supporter, and University alumnus Curtis Person Jr. on Saturday, October 13, when it formally announces the naming of “Senator Curtis S. Person Jr. Plaza,” the focal point of entry for the new University Center currently under construction and slated for completion in the fall of 2009.

The special announcement is set for 5 p.m. in the center of the U of M campus, near the construction site.  It precedes the University’s home football game against Middle Tennessee State University later that evening at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

During his 40-year career in the Tennessee General Assembly, Person served as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for 20 years and was named “legislator of the year” by more than 25 organizations.  Among his accomplishments as a lawmaker, two stand out:  his authorship of the Weldon Act, which guaranteed gifted students the opportunity to a free and appropriate education, and his support of one of the nation’s toughest DUI laws.  Both pieces of legislation have become models for other states throughout the country.

Person graduated from Memphis State University in 1956.  He served as president of the MSU National Alumni Association in 1970.  He was a founder and charter member of the Tiger Rebounders Club, and he has served as a trustee of the Memphis State University Foundation.  In 1982 he was presented the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Person’s family has also supported the U of M by establishing the Curtis Person Golf Scholarship and the Helen Hamilton Person Memorial Scholarship.

He is well respected as an advocate for the rights of children in the Juvenile Court System.  Currently he serves as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County, elected to that position in 2006.  He has also served the Juvenile Court System as Chief Referee and as Chief Legal Officer.

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