Garrity, W. Arthur, Jr.
- Richard H. Gentile
Garrity, W. Arthur, Jr. (20 June 1920–16 September 1999), lawyer and federal judge, was born Wendell Arthur Garrity, Jr., in Worcester, Massachusetts, the first of four children of Wendell Arthur Garrity, a lawyer, and Mary B. Kennedy, a former schoolteacher. Garrity's father, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Harvard Law School, served as a member of the Worcester School Committee, president of the Worcester County Bar Association, and United States Commissioner for his native city. Garrity, Jr. grew up in a devout, middle-class Irish Catholic family in the Green Hill section of Worcester. Both athletic (before serious injuries limited his sports participation) and studious, he attended public schools. At North High School (also known as Worcester North), Garrity was student council president, star of the debating team, and correspondent for a local newspaper, the ...