The Honorable Oscar O. Efird was a native of Winston, North Carolina. He graduated with honors from Roanoke College in 1912. After receiving his master's degree from Princeton University, he worked briefly with his father in Winston. A decision to enter the legal profession prompted him to enter Harvard Law School, where her received his LL.B. in 1919.
Judge Efird joined the law faculty of the University of North Carolina where he taught for two years before beginning his law practice in Winston-Salem. At age 35, he was named judge of Forsyth county court and received seven tw0-years commissions from subsequent governors of North Carolina. He was the youngest judge of comparable jurisdiction in the state.
Judge Efird was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. In his retirement years he compiled and published a definitive family genealogy. He was a generous and loyal supporter of his alma mater, and was president of the Isaak Walton league and the North Carolina Skeet Shooting Association. He was a charter member of the Forsyth county junior bar association, the Forsyth country bar associate, and the North Carolina, North Carolina State, and American Bar Associations. Judge Efird also belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution and was an active Rotarian.
The Honorable Oscar O. Efird received the Roanoke College Medal on May 9, 1970 for his life of productiveness and significance, as well as his distinctive service and professional achievements. He married Frances Kathrina Susan Koiner on September 9, 1920.
Oscar O. Efird received the Roanoke College Medal in 1970.