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Former IRS chief fired by Nixon dies at age 100; he won ABA’s highest award in 1993

Posted Mar 19, 2014 8:33 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Randolph Thrower, a partner at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan and a former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, has died at the age of 100.

Thrower served as IRS chief from 1969 to 1971 until President Nixon fired him for resisting tax audits of the president’s political enemies, the New York Times reports. He died on March 8 at his home in Atlanta. TaxProf Blog links to additional coverage by the Marietta Daily Journal and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Thrower received the ABA Medal (PDF), the ABA’s highest honor, in 1993. He was a past chairman of the ABA Section of Taxation and the American Bar Foundation, and was a member of the ABA House of Delegates for 17 years, according to obituaries by his law firm and Legacy.com.

He was also a trustee of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law for three decades and promoted opportunities for female and minority lawyers.

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