George R. Garrison was born in Rock Hill, SC during the days of the segregated south, and is a veteran of the Civil Rights Movement in that state. He graduated from Emmett Scott High School, and attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he majored in philosophy. He received three degrees from that institution--BA, 1969; MA, 1974; and Ph.D. 1976. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he spent four years as a naval officer, in the US Navy, having graduated from the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School, and the US Naval Communication School, in Newport, RI.