Longtime Campbell Law Professor Robert “Bob” Odom Loftis Jr. dies

Photo of Professor Bob Loftis Jr.

BUIES CREEK — Robert “Bob” Odom Loftis Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and esteemed educator, died on Oct. 23, 2023, after a valiant battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to his obituary. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, but his formative years were spent in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Loftis was a dedicated and respected tenured professor at Campbell Law School, where he shared his knowledge and passion for the law with students for an impressive 40 years. His commitment to education extended beyond the classroom, leaving a lasting impact on the legal community.

He earned his bachelor of science degree from Florida Atlantic University and pursued his Doctorate of Law from Emory University. His dedication to excellence was further exemplified as a licensed Certified Public Accountant. His unwavering commitment to legal education was recognized through various accolades, including The Order of the Coif.

Loftis is survived by his loving wife, Juanita Bolton Loftis, and his beloved children: Debi Loftis of Duluth, Georgia; Robert (Sarah) Loftis of Old Hickory, Tennessee. He was also a proud grandfather to Adam and Alexander Loftis of Old Hickory, Tennessee. Loftis is remembered by his brothers, Richard M. Loftis of Opelika, Alabama, and Stephen H. Loftis of Ocala, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Loftis Sr. and Ruth McLester Loftis.

The family has been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, concern, and support for Loftis in his final days from the surrounding community.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at https://act.alz.org.

Arrangements by O’Quinn-Peebles-Phillips Funeral Home & Crematory, Lillington. Online condolences at http://www.oppfh.com.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,800 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2023, Campbell Law is celebrating 45 years of graduating legal leaders and 14 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.