Paul S. Sarbanes, the iconic Maryland politician and Salisbury native who died in December, will be honored with a celebration of his life this fall.
“An Eastern Shore Tribute to U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes” is on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Salisbury University. The public is invited.
The event’s keynote speaker is John P. Sarbanes, U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 3rd District and eldest son of Paul Sarbanes.
Also speaking will be Anthony S. Sarbanes, retired Wicomico public schools teacher and administrator, former Wicomico County Council President and the Senator’s younger brother.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Paul S. Sarbanes Lecture Series at SU and the Paul S. Sarbanes Endowment Fund at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Sarbanes was born in 1933 to Greek immigrant parents, Spyros and Matina Sarbanes. He graduated from Wicomico High School in 1950 and earned degrees from Princeton University, Oxford University -- as a Rhodes Scholar -- and Harvard Law School.
He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1966, and the U.S. House of Representatives in 1972, 1974 and 1976.
As a member of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, he participated in the impeachment process against Richard Nixon. On July 26, 1974, he introduced the first articles of impeachment against President Nixon for obstruction of justice.
In 1976, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for 30 years before retiring in 2006. In 2002, he was the Senate sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which reformed federal securities laws in the wake of a series of accounting scandals.
He died at the end of 2020 and was brought home to Salisbury for his final resting place.
The tribute will be held at Salisbury University’s Patricia S. Guerrieri Commons, in the grand Assembly Hall.
Tickets for the “Sarbanes Tribute” are $50 for individual tickets.
Sponsorships are $1,000 and come with a table for eight and program recognition. To purchase individual tickets or a sponsorship, go to the event’s entry on eventbrite.com.
For more information, contact Sarbanes Tribute Executive Committee member Gains Hawkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.