GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
Whereas, Terry Sanford was born on August 20, 1917, in Laurinburg, North Carolina, to Cecil L. Sanford and Elizabeth Martin Sanford; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford earned an A.B. degree in 1939 and a law degree in 1946 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford served as a Special Agent of the FBI from 1941 until 1942 when he enlisted in the United States Army; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford served in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 517th Parachute Combat Team from 1943 to 1945, seeing action in five European Campaigns, and was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford served as assistant director of the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1946 to 1948; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford engaged in the practice of law as a partner in the law firms of Rose and Sanford from 1949 to 1957; Sanford, Phillips, McCoy and Weaver from 1958 to 1960; Sanford, Adams, McCullough and Beard from 1965 to 1986; and Sanford and Holshouser from 1993 to 1998; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford showed a keen interest in political affairs throughout his life, ably rendering distinguished service to the State of North Carolina as a member of the State Senate from 1952 to 1954, as Governor from 1960 to 1964, and as a member of the United States Senate from 1986 to 1992; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford's other political pursuits included serving as President of the North Carolina Young Democrats in 1949, manager of Kerr Scott's successful campaign for the United States Senate in 1954, a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956, chair of the Southern Regional Education Board from 1961 to 1963, and national chair of Hubert H. Humphrey's campaign for President in 1968; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 1972, and began another campaign for President in 1974, but withdrew two years later; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford served as President of Duke University from 1970 to 1985, during which time the Medical Center doubled its capacity, the Fuqua School of Business was constructed, and the university endowment increased from $70 million to $200 million; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford was instrumental in helping to establish the State's Community College System, creating the North Carolina School of the Arts, starting the Governor's School, and founding the Learning Institute of North Carolina; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford was the author of several books including, , and; and
Whereas, in 1981, a Harvard University study ranked Terry Sanford as one of the nation's top 10 governors of the 20th century; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford was active in various organizations and associations, some of which included the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Shriners, Masons, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Fayetteville Red Cross, and the Children's Home Society of North Carolina; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford died on April 18, 1998; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford was a devoted husband to his beloved wife, the former Margaret Rose Knight, a loving father to his children, Terry Sanford Jr. and Betsee Sanford, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren; and
Whereas, Terry Sanford will be remembered for his many contributions to the State of North Carolina; and
Whereas, the General Assembly wishes to show its appreciation for his life and accomplishments and extend its sincere sympathy to his family; Now, therefore,
Section 1. The General Assembly expresses high esteem and regard for the extraordinary life and service of Terry Sanford and mourns the loss of one of North Carolina's most distinguished and respected citizens.
Section 2. The General Assembly extends its sincere sympathy to the family of Terry Sanford for the loss of a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
Section 3. The Secretary of State shall transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the family of Terry Sanford.
Section 4. This resolution is effective upon ratification.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 23rd day of March, 1999.
Dennis A. Wicker
President of the Senate
James B. Black
Speaker of the House of Representatives