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PASSINGS: George Barrett, Enrique Zileri, Valeri Petrov, Steven R. Nagel
PASSINGS: George Barrett, Enrique Zileri, Valeri Petrov, Steven R. Nagel

 George Barrett Tennessee lawyer fought for civil rights  George Barrett, 86, a Tennessee lawyer who represented civil rights plaintiffs for more than 50 years and helped end segregation of the state's universities, died Tuesday at a hospital in Nashville, according to his law firm. Barrett became a champion of the underdog, representing labor unions, antiwar demonstrators and teachers. In 1968, he took on the case of Rita Geier, a 23-year-old instructor at Tennessee State University who sued the institution over its plans to open a Nashville campus that she claimed would be mostly for white students. The state of Tennessee later agreed to provide funds for a diversified...

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