Family-Placed Notice in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 12, 2009
JOHN IZARD March 4, 1923 - July 10, 2009
John Izard, 86, of Atlanta, GA, retired partner of King & Spalding, died at home July 10, 2009. Jack, as he was known to friends and colleagues, or "Unc," as he was affectionately known by his grandchildren, was born in Hartford, CT, the first son of John and Elizabeth Andrews Izard.
Spending his youth in Biltmore Forest, NC and Tuscon, AZ, Jack developed an early fondness for the outdoor pursuits which he enjoyed throughout his life. His grammar and secondary education ranged from home schooling, to a one room school house, to boarding at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT.
He graduated in 1945 from Yale University, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall fraternity and the Naval ROTC. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1944, serving as a Lieutenant Junior Grade on a mine sweeper in the Pacific through the end of World War II. Following the War, he obtained a JD from the University of Virginia Law School, graduating with honors in 1949. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review and was selected for membership in the Order of the Coif.
After law school, he joined King & Spalding in 1949 as its eleventh attorney and became partner in 1952. He was an active member of the American Bar Association, serving as Chairman of the Antitrust Section (1974-1975).
He served as President of Atlanta Legal Aid Society (1960), was appointed by President Carter to serve on the National Commission for the Review of Antitrust Laws and Procedures (1978) and was a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1978-1982). He served on the Board of Directors for several public and private corporations. Civically, he was an active volunteer with numerous non-profits, most notably as director/trustee for the Alliance For Christian Media (twice Chairman), All Saints Episcopal Church (Senior Warden, 1972-1973), the Georgia Conservancy, Senior Citizens' Services of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. (Chairman 1965-1967), St. Jude's House, United Appeal and the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.
Notwithstanding his professional accomplishments and lifetime commitment to service, Jack will be most remembered for his sense of humor, his calm, caring and steady demeanor, his strong intellect and his passion for a wide range of pursuits, including family, friends, travel, photography, cooking, hunting, fishing, farming and golf. He brought great vigor to "retirement," traveling extensively with his wife, children, grandchildren and friends and enjoying various outdoor activities whenever and wherever possible. He published a cookbook, A Traveler's Table, a lasting tribute to his appreciation for fine cuisine, travel, photography and family. In his final months, he hunted quail in Southwest Georgia, fly-fished for trout in Montana and traveled with friends and family in Florida, New York, and Biltmore Forest, NC.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Mary Bailey of Griffin, GA; brother and sister-in-law, Robert Andrews Izard and Jean Owen Izard, of Rye, NY; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Izard Pariseau and Robert Henri Pariseau, of Tampa, FL; sons and daughters-in-law, John Izard, Jr. and Elizabeth Garges Izard, and David Bailey Izard and Kerry McMahon Izard, both of Atlanta, GA; and ten grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, July 13, 2009 at All Saints Church in Atlanta.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alliance for Christian Media (www.allianceforchristianmedia.org) the Georgia Conservancy (www.gaconservancy.org) or the University of Virginia Law School Foundation