Andrew Downey Orrick

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Andrew Downey Orrick
Born (1917-10-18)October 18, 1917
San Francisco, California
Died January 27, 2008(2008-01-27) (aged 90)
San Francisco, California

Andrew Downey Orrick (October 18, 1917 – January 27, 2008) was a partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and the acting chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in San Francisco.


He was born on October 18, 1917 in San Francisco, California to William Horsley Orrick, Sr. He had a brother, William Horsley Orrick, Jr. Downey graduated from Yale University in 1940, where he was a member of Skull and Bones.[1] At Yale, while playing for the Yale baseball team, he hit the longest home run. He served during World War II, then attended UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. He then joined Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in 1947.[2]

He was San Francisco chairman of Citizens for Eisenhower in 1952. In 1962 he was the Northern California chairman of Richard Nixon's campaign for Governor of California. He became the San Francisco administrator of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in December 1954. He was renominated to the position in 1957 and served until 1960.[2]

He died on January 27, 2008 in San Francisco, California.[2]


  1. ^ "Wedding On June 25 For Marjori Soule". New York Times. 16 May 1952. p. 17. 
  2. ^ a b c Bob Egelko (February 2, 2008). "S.F. lawyer Andrew Downey Orrick dies". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-05-11. A memorial service will be held this month for Andrew Downey Orrick, member of a prominent San Francisco family of lawyers and a former member of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Orrick, known as Downey, died Sunday at his San Francisco home. He was 90.