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Vance H. Morrison, Supreme Court 1956, Secretary

Vance Morrison was a Supreme Court Page from 1952 to 1956, including on the Bench when the Brown vs. Board of Education was argued and announced in 1954. He was commissioned from the NROTC at the University of Virginia in 1962 with a degree in physics and spent 30-years as a Surface Warfare Officer. He commanded an ASW Frigate, USS Francis Hammond (FF-1067) and a Guided Missile Cruiser, USS Richmond K. Turner (CG-20) and was an Intelligence Subspecialist and Mandarin Chinese linguist. His Navy service included four years in Japan and two years as U. S. Naval Attaché as well as five months as Acting Defense Attaché to the Peoples Republic of China from mid-1987 to mid-1989, including during the brutal suppression of the Chinese people at Tiananamen Square in Beijing. His final Navy tour of duty as a Captain was Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and senior Joint Planner until his retirement from the Navy in 1992. As a civilian following retirement, he was a systems analyst and manager for two small companies that ultimately became a part of AT&T Corporation, providing support to the Navy Space Program and national space organizations. Currently, he is Commander General of the Naval Order of the United States and Secretary of the U. S. Capitol Page Alumni Association. He is married to the former Liberty Anne Paterson of Alexandria, Virginia. The Morrisons, who have three children and six grandchildren, reside in Mt. Vernon, Virginia.