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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Grace Aycock, March 28, 1990. Interview L-0037. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Support of husband's career

Aycock briefly describes how her husband came to be the chancellor of the University of North Carolina and her support of his acceptance of the position. Aycock describes the decision as one that the family made together, but acknowledges that she would not have questioned her husband's decision had he chosen not to consult her.

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Oral History Interview with Grace Aycock, March 28, 1990. Interview L-0037. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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FRANCES A. WEAVER:
And you and Bill were in a Visiting Professorship at the Law School of the University of Virginia. What was your reaction when Bill said he had been invited to come to the Search Committee? What did you think?
GRACE AYCOCK:
I was pleased. I felt he deserved it.
FRANCES A. WEAVER:
That's admirable. Did you and he discuss this at some length, this opportunity?
GRACE AYCOCK:
We did not, of course, until he was selected. Then we did, and our children were in on the discussion also, but it was a family decision to accept it. I think though, Fran, that my feeling was that if Bill wanted to do it, then that's what we would do. He earned the living in the family, and the idea of my saying no, I did not think of.
FRANCES A. WEAVER:
Did you have any inkling of the changes it would bring into your life, to become the wife of the senior administrator in Chapel Hill?
GRACE AYCOCK:
I don't think I did, Fran. I think after the many, many changes we had gone through already and the war, during the war years, and also when he came to Law School, that change was very normal. I knew there would be changes, but I don't think I was aware of the extent of what they would be.