Robert R. Merhige Jr.

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United States federal judge

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According to Wikipedia, Robert Reynold Merhige Jr. was a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia who was known for his rulings on desegregation in the 1970s. Education and career Born February 5, 1919, in New York City, New York, Merhige attended High Point College in North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1942. He later received a Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1982. He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, flying many missions in Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers during World War II. He entered private practice in Richmond, Virginia from 1945 to 1967. He taught law at the Smithdeal-Massey School of Law from 1945 to 1948. He was vice president and general counsel for the Crass Coca-Cola Bottling Company from 1952 to 1955. He was a lecturer at the University of Virginia from 1968 to 1972. He was an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond School of Law from 1973 to 1976.

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