Stanley & Shirley Sager

Stanley & Shirley Sager

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Stanley C. Sager, jd '57, was born October 17, 1929, in Concordia, Kan. He graduated from Clyde High School in 1947. Sager won a Navy ROTC scholarship to the University of Kansas, from which he graduated with a B.A. in zoology in 1951. He was a naval officer during the Korean War, serving on a LST in Korean waters. He was placed on the Navy retired list in 1953 for reasons of service-related physical disability, following which he attended and graduated from Washburn's School of Law with dean's honors while pursuing outpatient physical rehabilitation at Winter General VA Hospital, Topeka. His wife, Shirley Sager, took classes at Washburn while her husband was in law school. Sager worked as an associate with the Topeka law firm of Schroeder, Heeney and Groff following graduation. Two years later he, Shirley, and their three small children moved to Albuquerque. There, after working for a law firm, he co-founded his own firm, which became Sager, Curran, Sturges and Tepper, P.C. The firm grew to twenty-three lawyers with offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces by the time Sager retired in 1993. While the firm practiced general civil law, Sager personally focused on the defense of architects and engineers and related commercial and real estate litigation. Sager was also interested in the legal needs of persons with low income, and chaired the New Mexico Bar's Lawyer Referral for the Elderly project as a pro bono volunteer. Under his leadership it went from a small rural program to one with state-wide outreach that helped the elderly in poverty to obtain health care, improve housing, and obtain other legal services from nearly 400 volunteers. He served on various committees and task forces of the State Supreme Court and the State Bar. He was active in The United Methodist Church at local, regional, national, and international levels, including as legal adviser to three bishops and as lay volunteer and author of fiscal policies and guidebooks for the denomination. He has written two published books, various historical articles and is working on his third book.