ing up to us and saying, 'The rubble of my house is down there. Can you come tomor- row and we'll get the neighbors and they will help us, too?' That got to be very inter- esting, and pretty soon we had really solid teanlS oflocals that were there every day, who worked hard. They were outgoing, friendly people, a lot of fun to be around. Instantly, we became villagers to them." Owens and another woman around her age came in for particular attention."The villagers would come up and they would say, 'How old are you?' Oh, they jus
hought we were the oldest things they'd ever seen. So we had so much fun. We said, 'I'm 82' or 'I'm 97.' "Every day, we'd just walk out the door and something would develop, and the nex
hing you know, you heard something else. And we used to kid among ourselves about he connections. You'd need something, and somebody would appear and he'd have what you wanted.And then he'd introduce you to someone else, and you'd go there and they had a problem. It was very strange, but it was very positive and very energizing because so much was being accomplished all the time. You felt th
nergy, really good, positive energy." Owens stayed healthy throughout her stay, though her 19-year-old roommate became ill. To give him solitude while he recovered, she moved to another guest- house in a neighborhood, called Dutch Fort, high above the water. The Muslim woman who ran the guesthouse told her,"You know we don't have alcohol." Owens said that was OK. Then the woman said, "And I don't serve Coke." Owens asked why, and she replied, "Because I'm angry at Mr. Bush.
They just talked about how wonderful Americans were," O wens recalled, "and she just couldn't understand why we were at
She went to Sri Lanka, Owens said,
because she believed Anlericans should be
out there making things happen for peace
and not war."I just feel very strongly about
that, and I think if you feel strongly, the
only way to get that message across is to be
a presence there."
One of the main contributions Owens
and her team made was marshaling logisti-
cal and financial resources for specific
Carl Snuth (right) and his children (from left) Katherine "K.," Smith Gunter, Zan Smith and Carla Snucl, Chamblee.
Carla Smith Chamblee ' 58, ' 63 (MED) and Katherine "Ka" Smith Gunter ' 60 are grown women with grandchildren of their own. But to their 92-
year-old dad, they and their brother, Zan, are still "the young'uns."
"I gathered the young'uns together and asked them if they'd like me to make
a gift in their names to each of their alma maters," Carl Smith said. "They all
said, ' Yes.'"
Smith's generosity will result in two $333,000 gifts to Carolina after his death.
A concern for nutrition and world hunger spurred Chamblee's gift to the
Department of Nutrition. Gunter designated her portion to a professorship in
the Department of Exercise and Sport Science in recognition of her degree in
physical education. Zan's portion will endow a merit-based scholarship at his
alma mater, N.C. State. Each $333,000 gift to Carolina qualifies for $167,000 in
state matching funds, bringing the total endowment of each professorship to
$500,000 and the impact of Smith's gifts to $1 million.
Conscientious estate planning prompted Smith to make the gifts through his
will. Charitable gifts to Carolina, N.C. State and High Point University-alma
mater for Smith and his late wife, Anzelette-will reduce the size of Smith's
estate and eliminate inheritance taxes.
Smith received his master's degree in mathematics from Carolina in 1944 and
also taught on campus during World War
He says his gifts are "to pay back
a little bit."
"What you give is for the next generation," he said.
"There's a lot ofsatisfaction that comes from giving."
If you, like Carl, want to "pay back a little bit," please
contact Candace Clark, associate director ofplanned
giving, at 919-962-3967 or email@example.com,
or visit carolinafirst.unc.edu/giftplanning.
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