CAROLINA PROFILES IN GIVING
Lives lived well -
and a Carolina legacy too
lien Jessie Ruth Baucom Norris died in
1999, she left a share of her estate, now
valued at $1 million, to endow a scholarship
fund at Carolina in memory of her husband.
James L. Norris from Harnett County - Jimmie
to his friends - graduated from Carolina in 1931 with
a civil engineering degree (before that program was
moved to N.C. State). Jimmie Norris engineered
bridges - in his home state for 40 years with the
Highway Commission and in northern Italy during
World War II. He helped plan and build some of the
best-known spans in North Carolina: the graceful,
curving Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet on the Outer
Banks (lifeline of Hatteras Islanders), the Green River
Bridge, North Carolina's highest, on 1-26 in
Henderson County, the Bogue Sound bridge connect-
ing Morehead City with Atlantic Beach - and hun-
dreds of less famous but equally useful structures.
When he retired in 1972, a
bridge engineer who'd taken
great pride in his work, he
received the perfect tribute:
the new Hwy. 217 bridge over
the Cape Fear River was
named for him.
Jessie Ruth Baucom, a
Wake County native, worked
as a secretary at the Highway
Jimmie Norris died in 1992, and Jessie Ruth's
bequest to Carolina is a tribute to his gentleness, good-
ness and magnanimity. It also is a tribute to Carolina,
Jessie Ruth and Jimmie Norris on their 50th wedding
anniversary in 1986.
Jimmie Norris as a
student at Carolina
which gave Jimmie a scholarship during the Great
Ifyou, like the Norrises, want to leave a lasting
legacy at Carolina, please call or write June Steel,
director of regional and planned gifts: 919-962-3439
or June_Steel@unc.edu. She'll send you information
about planning a bequest.
And next time you drive across the Bonner Bridge
or the Bogue Sound bridge or the Green River bridge
or the N.C. 217 bridge over the Cape Fear, tap your
horn once to salute your
fellow Tar Heels, Jimmie
and Jessie Ruth Norris.
The legacy lives on.
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