William B. Aycock, In Memoriam: A Digital Library

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Aycock at the announcement of the new dean. (2015)
Aycock at the announcement of the new dean. (2015)

The Kathrine R. Everett Law library is pleased to announce our new digital library In Memoriam for William B. Aycock (1905 – 2015). In this digital library, you can experience some of the digitized materials the library has collected about William B. Aycock’s life. You can explore our library of his selected speeches, articles, and other works. You can browse a photo galleryof him, read a few selected interviews or watch videos about his legacy. You can also read a selection of tributes to his work and his legacy.

A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Chancellor William B. Aycock will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015 from 3:30–5:30 p.m in the Rotunda of the UNC School of Law. The William B. Aycock digital library was created in partnership with UNC School of Law to give attendees an opportunity to learn more about and reflect on the life of Chancellor Aycock.

William Brantley Aycock served as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1957 until 1964 and was the retired Kenan Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law.

A native of Lucama, North Carolina, Chancellor Aycock served the University of North Carolina for nearly 40 years from his first faculty appointment in the School of Law in 1948 to his retirement as Kenan professor in 1985. He was named chancellor in 1957 and led the university in that capacity until 1964.

A 1948 graduate of the UNC School of Law, Chancellor Aycock was first in his class and editor-in-chief of the North Carolina Law Review. He also holds a master’s degree in history from UNC, and a bachelor’s degree in education from North Carolina State University where he was president of the student body and a member of Phi Kappa Tau fraternity. Prior to entering law school, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attained the rank of colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit.

Throughout his academic career, Chancellor Aycock received many honors and awards, some of which are available in our new digital library. Chancellor Aycock passed away on June 20, 2015 at the age of 99.

We hope you will take time to read the various speeches, tributes, and articles posted in honor of Chancellor Aycock, to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for his efforts and influence.


Posted by Stacey L. Rowland on Wed. October 14, 2015 9:22 AM
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