tea set for use in the Graham Memorial, where students, faculty and guests often had teas in the lounge. Although he only vaguely recalls the gift, Burleigh guesses that he never used it. "I was usually in town having a beer," said Burleigh, who as a student lived in Graham Memorial in the upstairs bedroom designated for the center's financial director. He heard from a friend years ago tha
he tea set was missing. "Where it went, nobody knows," he said.
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That silver tea service was one of only
two senior class gifts given during the
1940s. Dry spells in gifts regularly have
occurred during the periods of major
wars in the teens and '40s, the economic
hard times of the late '20s, the Depression
years of the '30s and times of civil unrest
in the rnid-'60s and early '70s. Between
1911 and 1922, only one class bestowed a
gift on the University. Using a rooted
shoot from the historic Davie
Poplar, the Class of 1918
planted "Davie Poplar
Jr.," which remains a
Not all of the classes without
gifts intended to go out that way.
The Class of 1946 collected funds that
went undirected for about 35 years,
only to be rediscovered by Clarence
Whitefield ' 44, former head of the
UNC General Alumni Association, on
a printout of miscellaneous University
funds. At its reunion in 1981, the class
decided to transfer the funds White-
field had placed in a savings account
to Carolina Annual Giving, which is
run by the University's Office of
According to senior class
President Ray Farris ' 62, his
class still has a savings account
of about $9,000. Members put
the money in Chapel Hill
Savings & Loans, which has
since been bought out and
merged at least three times, but the Class
of 1962 retains the money, Ray Farris said.
"We didn't want to spend it on some-
thing small," he said. "We'll spend it."
Some of the blank spots in the Uni-
versity gift records, however, go unex-
plained by class leaders. Class President
Richard Vinroot ' 63 recalls raising "a
bunch of money" for some sort ofgift,
but he doesn't know what became of it.
''I'm sure we did something, but [just
can't relnenlber," he said.
A stroll around campus quickly jostles
the memory of those gifts that did mate-
rialize in physical forms. There are the
granite benches at the Old Well given by
the Classes of 1953 and 1957, and the
University seal placed by the Class of
1989 in the Polk Place brick sidewalk
heading toward South Building.
A right turn and straight walk from
there brings the curious to Fordham
Court, the creation of the Class of 1988.
Named in honor offormer Chancellor
Christopher C. Fordham III ' 47, who
retired along with the class, and
his wife, Barbara, the area
in front of Bynum Hall
and Carr Building bears
the cascading water
fountain, stone benches
and landscaping funded by the
The fountain's construction, which
didn't start until 1993, was stalled for
another year when workers found arti-
facts in the soil dating back to the
Civil War-era when Playmakers The-
atre was used as a stable for troops. The
site ended up hosting an archaeologi-
"We couldn't believe it," said class
President Anne Davidson ' 88, who
had another little surprise a few years
ago when her husband spotted the
fountain in the film Patch Adams. "It's
really a part ofstudent life now.
W ilson Library houses many of
the early senior class gifts.
Ornate drinking fountains, such
as this one given by the Class of
'3D, can be found within the library's crevices.
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