John Burney, Jr. questioning Wilmington Police Chief Robert Wadman on the witness stand in an ABC hearing.
John Jay Burney, Jr. (1924-2010) was born in Wilmington, NC, at James Walker Hospital. He had a long and distinguished career as an attorney and politician, and was well-known for his successful dramatics in the legislature and the courtroom. He attended Isaac Bear School, and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1943. He served two years in the military in World War II, and received three Purple Hearts, one Bronze Star Medal and honorary citizenship in the city of Jebsheim, France, for his heroics. He was District Attorney for nine years, and served three two-year terms in the NC Senate starting in 1967. He was chairman of the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) trustees starting in 1983 for three terms, and introduced the bill in the State legislature to include Wilmington College (now UNCW) as part of the University of North Carolina system. Burney Center on the UNCW campus and the John J. Burney Freeway (part of the US 17 Wilmington Bypass) are named in his honor.
1992 July 16
University of North Carolina, Wilmington; Lawyers; Veterans; World War II
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