The Honorable STEWART F. HANCOCK JR. ’45

The Honorable STEWART F. HANCOCK JR., 91, an attorney in Syracuse, N.Y., who served for eight years on the New York State Court of Appeals, died Feb. 11, 2015. He was the grandson of Theodore E. Hancock of the class of 1871, the son of Stewart F. Hancock of the class of 1905, the brother of Theodore M. Hancock of the class of 1934, and the cousin of John S. Hancock of the class of 1936. A member of Alpha Delta Phi, he received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy and his law degree from Cornell University. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He began his legal career at the firm founded by his grandfather, and he later served for 15 years on the state Supreme Court and its Appellate Division before he was appointed to the Court of Appeals. He later returned to private practice and taught as a Distinguished Visiting Professor and Jurist in Residence at the Syracuse University College of Law. One son predeceased him. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Pass Hancock; five children, including Marion Hancock Fish ’76; 13 grandchildren; his nephew, Stewart H. McConaughy ’65; and his cousins, James L. McConaughy ’68 and Charles E. Hancock ’72. And Elizabeth Hancock Sillin ’77.

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