Mourning the Loss of a Dear Friend

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is deeply saddened by the loss of longtime supporter, Sandy Mayo.

The Georgia native was drafted by the Army and he served as a first lieutenant, including a sandymayotour in Vietnam. When he returned, he joined the law firm Hogan and Lovells in 1973 as an associate. Ten years later he was named partner, then administrative partner in 1992, managing partner-operations in 2000 and general counsel in 2005. He retired as a partner from the firm in December 2011, but continued to work as a lawyer for the firm.

Mayo served as a legal adviser on the VVMF board since 1980. He worked tirelessly to support the VVMF mission of building the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 30 years ago and the current project to build the Education Center.

“Sandy was a man with an exceptional intellect whose work in creating the Vietnam Veterans Memorial has never been recognized. He never sought or showed interest in any public attention,” said Jan C. Scruggs, VVMF’s president and founder. “He was a close adviser and friend. His integrity, service and courage are his profound legacy.”

He was a thoughtful leader and was incredibly funny, often serving as the master of ceremonies for many events at the law firm. He was also a published author and frequent speaker on litigation, insurance coverage and transportation law.

VVMF will miss him greatly and will always remember his contributions and commitment to veterans. Our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife, Katherine, and his children Regan and Taylor.