‘Leave the Campsite Better Than You Found It’: Allan Head lived by those words, and for 43 years, they guided his service to and leadership of the North Carolina Bar Association. In his honor, we founded the Allan B. Head Fund for Leadership, Professionalism and Service.
The Allan B. Head Fund for Leadership, Professionalism and Service will perpetuate his legacy of service to the legal community, the state of North Carolina and all those with whom Allan served across America during his exemplary career.
The fund, established and maintained within the North Carolina Bar Foundation, will provide annual endowment grants to support NCBA Foundation projects
that further these principles.
Representative projects that could benefit from annual endowment grants include: (i) the NCBA Leadership Academy, which is an innovative and intensely interactive leadership development program for young lawyers designed to refine and develop leadership skills as lawyers and leaders in the community; (ii) mentorship projects teaching and promoting professionalism among future generations of North Carolina lawyers; and (iii) projects involving volunteer lawyers who give to their communities as citizen lawyers.
We will build upon the solid base established by the Allan B. Head Justice Fund, which was established to honor Allan’s 25th anniversary with the NCBA. The restricted fund’s assets will be invested by the NCBF Investment Committee and the annual grants awarded by the Foundation’s Endowment Committee.
The NCBF is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization affiliated with the North Carolina Bar Association. All gifts to the Fund in honor of Allan are tax-deductible and are payable over three years.
Allan Head joined the staff of the North Carolina Bar Association as executive secretary on December 1, 1973, following four years of military service as a lawyer assigned to the U.S. Army Security Agency in Kassel and Augsburg, Germany. He served as executive director beginning in 1981 and, at his retirement in 2016, was one of the longest-serving bar association executives in the nation. Under his leadership, the NCBA grew to more than 19,500 members and implemented many programs that have become models for bar associations across the nation. In addition, he provided exemplary leadership to the National Association of Bar Executives, where he served as president in 2006-07, and the Wake County Bar Association, where he served for three decades as an officer and treasurer.
Allan also served as a member of the board of directors of the YMCA of the USA; as president and member of the board of directors of YMCA of the Triangle; as a member of the Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) Board of Directors (Cary); as a deacon and elder at White Memorial Presbyterian Church; as chair of the Camp Kanata (YMCA) Advisory Board; as stadium announcer for Wake Forest University and Broughton High School football games; and for more than two decades as an advisor for the Presbyterian Church’s Appalachian Service Project, leading senior high mission trips (home repair ministry) to the impoverished coal-mining regions of Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Awards and honors presented to Allan include the Bolton Award (2010), the highest honor presented by the National Association of Bar Executives; the Father of the Year Award (2014), selected by the Raleigh Father’s Day Council; and the N.C. State Bar’s Distinguished Service Award (2015). In June of 2015, N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory personally presented Allan with North Carolina’s highest award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, recognizing his service to the citizens and state of North Carolina.
Allan Head was a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest University School of Law. Head was married for more than 50 years to Patricia Reed Head, and together they had three children: David Head (Charlotte, N.C.), married to Marti; Darryl Head (Winston-Salem, N.C.), married to Karin; and Jayme Sanchez (Houston, Texas), married to Arturo; and eight grandchildren: Carlyn, Reed, Charli, Hayden, Clara, Arturo, Chandler and Danielle.