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Nov. 9, 2001 -- No. 579

Taylor, Rand to receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

CHAPEL HILL -- Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law graduates have been selected to receive the school’s 2001 Distinguished Alumni Award.

H. Patrick Taylor Jr. of Wadesboro and Anthony E. Rand of Fayetteville will be honored at the School of Law’s Annual Law Alumni Banquet tonight (Nov. 9) in Chapel Hill.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1981 to recognize graduates of the School of Law who have demonstrated excellence in the practice of law, served honorably as members of the judiciary or other elected or appointed office, or exemplified in other respects the high ideals of the legal profession.

The award is given annually by the Carolina Law Alumni Association, which supports the mission of the law school by encouraging the involvement of alumni in activities such as alumni affairs, fundraising, and public and student relations. Its board governs the school’s private foundation.

A graduate of the class of 1964, Rand established his law practice in Fayetteville. He was appointed to the North Carolina Senate representing District 12 in 1981 and was re-elected for three terms. Since 1994, Rand has represented District 24 in the Senate and has been chairman of the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate since 1995. He served as Senate majority leader in 1987 and 1988 and was elected to this position again in 2001.

Rand received the 2000 Legislative Leadership Award presented by the North Carolina Council of Community Programs. A loyal alumnus, Rand has served on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is the recipient of the 1995 William R. Davie Award, the 1998 UNC-Chapel Hill Distinguished Service Medal and one of the university’s 2001 Distinguished Alumna and Alumnus Awards. In 2000, Rand received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Fayetteville State University.

Taylor graduated from the UNC School of Law in 1948 and has practiced law in Wadesboro since that time.

He was a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing Anson County from 1955 through 1967, serving his last two terms as speaker of the House of Representatives. He was recognized in 1959 for his role in the adoption of the state’s annexation law, universally cited as the most progressive annexation law in the nation.

In 1961, he played a significant role in the passage of legislation resulting in a constitutional amendment that restructured the judicial system of North Carolina. The North Carolina Bar Association presented him with the John J. Parker Award in recognition of "conspicuous service to the cause of jurisprudence."

Taylor served as lieutenant governor of North Carolina from 1969 through 1972. He served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Board of Trustees and the UNC-Chapel Hill General Alumni Association Board. Taylor was chairman of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and chairman of the North Carolina Board of Mental Health.

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