Thanks, Great-Great-Grandfather

by Martha Graham


George and Sam Harrison stand in front of blue limestone building on JMU campus

Sam Harrison, a member of the James Madison University Class of 2015, can arguably be considered a great-great-grandson of the school. That’s because his ancestor Sen. George B. Keezell has been cited as the “father of the institution” by virtue of his determination and legislative acumen that led to JMU’s founding in 1908 as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women at Harrisonburg.

Harrison of Midlothian, Va., who will graduate with a B.S. in computer science on Friday, May 8, is the latest Keezell extended family member to earn a degree from JMU. He follows in the footsteps of Narice Keezell Bowman (’47), Bill Harrison (’78) and George Harrison (’79).

Read more about the century-plus link in the Be the Change blog at

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May 1, 2015

Published: Friday, May 1, 2015

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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