John C. McCoid II

Tue, 04/19/2016 - 8:30am

John Calvin McCoid II of Charlottesville, Virginia and West Boothbay Harbor, died April 9, 2016.

Born December 1, 1928 in Chicago and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, John was a Virginian at heart. He lived with his beloved wife, Beverley, in Charlottesville since their wedding in August 1957.

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University (1950) and Vanderbilt Law School (1953), where he was editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review and was a recipient of the Founders Medal.

After serving as a naval intelligence officer with the Sixth Fleet and teaching as a Harvard Law fellow, John joined the University of Virginia School of Law faculty, where he taught from 1957 to 1994. During his tenure he wrote numerous articles as well as an influential casebook. Additionally, he served on a number of University committees, most notably the Athletics Committee, the Cemetery Committee, and the Woody Committee on coeducation.

He was named the Armistead M. Dobie Professor in 1970, the O.M. Vicars Professor in 1987, and Professor Emeritus. While he enjoyed being a visiting professor at Stanford and Cornell and being the Francis Lewis Scholar in Residence at Washington & Lee Law, John was always happy to return to UVA.

Upon his retirement he commented, "I can't imagine — after having been here — wanting to go anywhere else."

He was a member of Farmington Country Club, the Raven Society, and a UVA sports fan who enjoyed attending many and varied events. John was also a 50-year volunteer reader at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, an avid, albeit frequently frustrated, golfer, and an enthusiastic sailing companion during his Boothbay Harbor summers, but, above all, John most loved time with his family. Well-known for his friendly wave to passing cars John daily walked the roads of Boothbay Harbor and Southport.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverley; his daughters, Marily Kerney (John) and Kem Roth (Chris); and was predeceased by his son, Bruce. His grandchildren, Alex, Sara, Edie, Molly and Henry, lovingly called him "Sir" in honor of his gentlemanly ways.

He was also predeceased by his parents, Judge and Mrs. Paul H. McCoid and his brother, Professor Allan H. McCoid.

In lieu of flowers please consider contributions to Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Vanderbilt University Law School or a charity of your choosing.

A memorial service is planned for August.