64 N.C. L. Rev. 205 (1985-1986)
Tribute to William Brantley Aycock: Foreword

handle is hein.journals/nclr64 and id is 231 raw text is: TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM BRANTLEY AYCOCK:
The retirement of Professor William Brantley Aycock in December 1985
was both an unhappy and a joyful occasion at the University of North Carolina
School of Law. It was unhappy because the School lost Professor Aycock as a
full-time teacher and faculty member. Bill Aycock was the mainstay of this
faculty almost from the day he joined it until the day he retired. But the occa-
sion was also a happy one because it gave us an opportunity to remember and to
celebrate all that Bill Aycock has accomplished for this School, this University,
this State, and this Nation.
Professor Aycock was born on October 26, 1915, in Lucama, North Caro-
lina. He grew up in Selma. He received a B.S. degree in Education from North
Carolina State University in 1936 and an M.A. in History from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1937. He was a public school teacher in
Greensboro from 1937 to 1940 and worked as a Federal Security Agent from
1940 to 1942. In 1942 he was commissioned an officer in the United States
Army and served in combat in Europe. Professor Aycock rose to the rank of
colonel, and his courage was recognized by the receipt of the Bronze Star, the
Silver Star, and the Legion of Merit. He entered the University of North Caro-
lina School of Law in 1945 and graduated, first in his class and editor in chief of
the North Carolina Law Review, in 1948. Immediately after his graduation, Pro-
fessor Aycock joined the Law School faculty where, except for interludes as a
Visiting Professor at the Universities of Texas and Virginia and as Chancellor of
this University, he has remained. In 1951 he served as Special Assistant to Dr.
Frank Porter Graham on the United Nations Mission for India and Pakistan.
He became Chancellor of the University in 1957 and served with great distinc-
tion until 1964. He was named Kenan Professor of Law in 1966, a rank which
he held until his retirement in December. He has been a superb teacher, an
author of numerous important articles and monographs on various aspects of
legal scholarship, and the coauthor of a leading text on military law.
The three individuals who have written the tributes in this issue of the Law
Review are all highly distinguished persons who bring different perspectives on
Professor Aycock's many accomplishments. Henry Brandis was a leading mem-
ber of this faculty for more than thirty years. He served as Dean from 1949 to
1964. His perspective is as a friend and fellow law faculty member. Professor
James Godfrey was a member of the faculty of the Department of History at this
University for forty-two years. He served as Dean of the Faculty (a position
now called Provost of the University) while Professor Aycock was Chancellor.
Judge Dickson Phillips was a law school classmate of Professor Aycock. He
t Dean, University of North Carolina School of Law.

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