|Birth: ||Jul. 13, 1919|
South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 2007|
Neill Herbert Alford, Jr., 88, professor emeritus of law at the University of Virginia, died Oct. 20, 2007, in Charlottesville, VA.
He was born July 13, 1919, in Greenville, SC, the only child of the late Neill Herbert Alford Sr. and the late Elizabeth Robertson Alford. He was a distinguished legal scholar and teacher, a loving husband, an imaginative father, a devoted grandfather, and a thoughtful son and son-in-law. He will be remembered for his integrity, unpretentious manner, keen mind, kindness and generosity, adventurous spirit, and good sense of humor.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Elizabeth Talbot Smith Alford, also a native of Greenville, whom he married on June 26, 1943. He also is survived by three children, Neill H. Alford, III of Virginia Beach, Va. and his wife Pattie; Margaret Alford Cloud of Hillsborough, N.C. and her husband Bill, and Eli Thomas Stackhouse Alford of Raleigh, N.C. and his wife Anne. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Diane Elizabeth Alford Croce and her husband, Andrew, of Springfield, Va., Eli T.S. Alford, Jr. of Alexandria, Va., and Lindsay Talbot Alford Ramspott and her husband, Jason, of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and one great-grandson, Walker Merritt Ramspott.
Prof. Alford graduated from Greenville High School in 1936. He earned a B.A. in history from The Citadel in 1940; an LL.B. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1947; and a J.S.D. (doctoral degree) from Yale University Law School in 1966. He was a Sterling Fellow at Yale in 1950-51 and a Ford Fellow at the University of Wisconsin in 1958. He taught at the University of Virginia Law School from 1947 to 1974 and from 1976 until his retirement in 1990. He was Doherty Foundation professor of law from 1966 to 1974 and Percy Brown Jr. professor of law from 1976 to 1990. He was a gifted teacher whose lively law lectures were remembered vividly years later by former students. From 1961 to 1962, he held the Chair of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. From 1974 to 1976, he was dean of the law school at the University of Georgia. He was the author of a book, "Modern Economic Warfare: Law and the Naval Participant" (1967); and co-author of a widely used law casebook, "Cases and Materials on Decedents Estates and Trusts" (Ritchie, Alford and Effland; 8th edition, 1993). After he retired from teaching, he practiced law in Charlottesville from 1991 to 1997 as counsel to Slaughter & Redinger (later Woods, Rogers & Hazlegrove). During his career, he provided thousands of hours of free legal assistance to people from all walks of life. He served on active duty in the Army from 1941 to 1946. He was deployed to Europe in December 1944 with the Army's 65th Infantry Division and fought in France, Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Combat Infantry Badge for his service. After the war ended, he remained on Army duty in Europe. He oversaw displaced persons camps near Linz, Austria, being responsible for the welfare of 225,000 people. Later, he was the officer in charge of the Allied military government in Berchtesgaden, Germany. He returned to the United States in March 1946 and was discharged from active duty at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in the Army Reserve from 1946 to 1969 and retired at the rank of colonel in 1969.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Citadel Foundation, c/o The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; to Brookgreen Gardens, P.O. Box 3368, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585; or to an organization of one's choice.
Neill Herbert Alford (1880 - 1969)
Elizabeth Robertson Alford (1892 - 1986)
Elizabeth Talbot Smith Alford (1919 - 2015)*
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Tonya Sapp Hames
Record added: Nov 02, 2007
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