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Walter Rand

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Walter Rand III


Walter Rand III of Apex, NC passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the UNC Hospice House in Pittsboro, NC. He was 81.

Walter was born in Garner on April 10, 1936 to the late Geneva Yeargan Rand and Walter Rand, Jr. He graduated from Garner High School in 1954, and after graduation spent two years in the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. In 1964, he graduated from the UNC School of Law where he served on the North Carolina Law Review. He practiced law in Greensboro, NC for 36 years with the law firm of Carruthers & Roth, P.A. and retired as the senior member of the firm in 2000. After retirement and a move back to his native Garner, he served as Counsel to the Majority Leader in the North Carolina Senate.

Walter is survived by his loving wife Linda Kennedy Rand; his son Everett Rand, partner Gioia, and granddaughter Irena of Durham, NC; his son Walter Rand IV, wife Stephanie, and granddaughter Olivia of Laurel Springs, NC; brother Anthony E. (Tony) Rand and wife Karen of Fayetteville, NC; and sister Josephine Rand of Durham, NC. He was predeceased by a sister, Parker Rand.

Walter was an avid reader and read constantly, be it a magazine, a newspaper, or a book. He particularly enjoyed the New York Times and the New Yorker and was constantly tearing out Times articles and New Yorker cartoons to present to family and friends. He found his special place several years ago when he and Linda began summering at Deer Isle, Maine, where they were married years earlier. He enjoyed his volunteer time at the Stonington Public Library and spending time with and talking to his many new Maine friends about books, politics, and life in general. He loved devouring a Maine lobster, and when he finished, everyone was amazed there was not a speck of lobster remaining in any nook or cranny, only the empty shells. Waste was not in Walter's vocabulary.

Walter was a frugal person when it came to himself, but he was generous to others, always wanting to give but never wanting to receive. He was always willing to take the time to help someone. Younger attorneys at Carruthers & Roth thought of him as a mentor, not just when it came to practicing law, but a mentor of life in general, be it travel, fine food and wine, handling relationships, or just how to slow down and live life to its fullest. He enriched many lives.

Walter was a romantic and a passionate person. He loved jazz, classical music, New York City, Red Sox baseball, fine food and wine, gourmet cooking, European art, European travel, and especially loved Paris and anything French. He and Linda had many wonderful trips together to Europe and elsewhere. He advised friends to always be planning the next trip before they went on the present one, and that is what he practiced. Walter was clever, funny, and witty, and he had a wonderful dry sense of humor. He was truly one of a kind, and that is what everyone loved about him. Walter had many friends from his UNC days, his legal career in Greensboro, his work at the North Carolina Legislature, and his time in Garner and Apex, and he appreciated each and every one of them. He knew how to make his friends feel special, for they were all very special to him.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Andrew Greganti and Ellen Parker, NP of UNC Health Care; to the doctors and staff of UNC Cancer Hospital; to the wonderful caring aids who helped Linda care for Walter in his final days at home; and to the wonderful doctors and staff of the UNC Hospice House who helped make Walter's final days and passing comfortable and peaceful for Walter and his family.

At Walter's request, there will be no funeral, however, a gathering to celebrate Walter and his many friends is being planned for a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Geneva Yeargan Rand Distinguished Professorship Endowment at the UNC School of Law; to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC; to the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation, Inc. at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine; or to the UNC Hospice House, Pittsboro, NC.

Arrangements are being handled by Cremation Society of the Carolinas, Raleigh, NC. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.cremationso cietync.com
Published in The News & Observer on Nov. 7, 2017
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