It is with deep regret that we note the passing of former Court of Appeals Judge Stewart F. Hancock, Jr.
Stewart F. Hancock, Jr. was born in Syracuse in 1923. He was a graduate of Cornell Law School and was admitted to practice on September 20, 1950. He practiced law in Syracuse with the law firm of Hancock and Estabrook from 1952 until 1961 and from 1964 until 1971. In 1962 he became Corporation Counsel for the City of Syracuse. He was elected to the Supreme Court in 1971 and was designated to the Appellate Division in 1977. He served as an Associate Justice on the Appellate Division until he was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 1986. He retired from the Court in 1993.
Wonderful insights into the Judge can be gleaned from the remarks of former Chief Judge Kaye and Judge Hancock himself during his retirement ceremony at the Court of Appeals:
"This moment gives me no pleasure, as we gather to bid an official farewell to Judge Hancock, who completes 23 years of distinguished service -- eight of them as a Judge of the Court of Appeals -- and returns to teaching and private law practice.
In difficult times around the Court's conference table, I have often looked to Judge Hancock's wisdom, as I do now."