(1925 - 2001)
William L. Thorp died on October 7, 2001 at 76 years of age. The William L. Thorp Pro Bono Service Award, orignially established by the North Carolina Bar Association in 1984 as the Pro Bono Service Awsard, recognizes lawyers who provide exceptional pro bono legal assistance to low-imcome citizens in North Carolina. This award was renamed in 2002 in memory of Bill Thorp, a founder of Legal Services of North Carolina (LSNC). Bill Thorp loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had fun without limit at just about everything. His joy in life was contagious. His was not the innocence of youth. He was no arrested adolescent. His enthusiasm for experience, his insatiable curiosity, and his compassion for others endured despite a full measure of challenges during life. That is one of the reasons that so many liked being around him and will miss him terribly.