George A. Garvey, patent lawyer, dies

October 11, 2013

George A. Garvey, a former patent lawyer and longtime managing partner of what is now Shlesinger Arkwright and Garvey in Alexandria, died Sept. 18 at a hospital in Ormond Beach, Fla. He was 86.

The cause was cancer, said his son John Garvey Sr.

Mr. Garvey, a Ormond Beach resident, joined his father’s law firm, then Garvey and Garvey, in 1956. After a merger, the firm became Shlesinger, Arkwright, Garvey and Dinsmore in 1965. He continued practicing at the firm until his retirement in 1997.

George Aloysius Garvey, a native Washingtonian, was a 1945 graduate of Gonzaga College High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1949 and a law degree in 1956, both from Georgetown University.

During the Korean War, he served in the Army and worked at the Dugway Proving Ground, which was a testing facility for chemical, biological and radiological weapons, in Utah.

Mr. Garvey served on the Gonzaga College High School alumni board, where he helped plan fundraising activities in the 1970s and 1980s.

He moved from Washington to Ormond Beach in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Cynthia Cotton Garvey of Ormond Beach; three children, John Garvey Sr. of Arlington County, Gail Garvey of San Anselmo, Calif., and Nancy Scheigert of Ormond Beach; a sister, Frances Bogaard of Kensington, Md.; and two grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

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