(1920 - 2009)
Bruce Elmore served in the military in World War II and upon his return, he was elected a member of the North Carolina General Assembly while in law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He became one of the most successful lawyers in the history of North Carolina and he obtained the first million dollar verdict in the State of North Carolina in 1972. In 1977 he was nominated by then President Carter to serve as a Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Due to his desire to remain in private practice, he declined the nomination.