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B.B. Olive, born in Fuquay-Springs, N.C., (later Fuquay-Varina) in 1921, earned an undergraduate engineering degree from Duke and a J.D. from St. John’s School of Law. In this interview he discusses his experiences growing up during the Great Depression, serving overseas in the U.S. Army during World War II, returning home as a wounded veteran, working as an engineer for Westinghouse International Company, and later practicing patent law in an office he opened in 1957. He notes his interest in teaching and describes adjunct positions he has held at Duke School of Engineering, Duke Law School, and N.C. State School of Product Design. Olive speaks about his lifelong interest in environmental matters and involvement with the conservation of Duke Forest and the New Hope corridor between Durham and Chapel Hill. He concludes with reflections on notable cases and provides advice to new attorneys and those interested in pursuing a legal career.

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