When Max Chapman ’ 66 was shown
his name over the entrance to the
new science building just completed
behind Phillips Hall, he is said to have
remarked, “Oh, you named it for my
father.” Arrangements were made quickly
to add “Jr.” to the pre-cast concrete, which
fortunately is relatively inexpensive to
Harry Chase's memorial, home of the old South Campus cafeteria, was razed in 2005.
Will they be there always? Will they School of Education building that’s under
move with the furniture to the next cancer construction.
center, or will new donors replace them? Donors are taking a leap of faith as well.
Surely John Motley Morehead didn’t figure You can have students forever saying your
he’d ever have a partner in his foundation. name when they ask how to get to class or
Harry Chase, sociologist Howard tell a friend where to meet them, but you
Odum, and chemist and President Francis can’t say much of anything about what will
Venable are among the University’s giants. go on inside the hall. You can’t tell them
Chase lost his hall to the wrecking ball and how to teach chemistry or which professor
now is remembered with a dining room to hire. You can’t even guarantee they’ll
that after two years still doesn’t have a teach chemistry there. Mary Ann Smith
plaque with his name on it. Odum Village Building, put up in 1901 with her money
is being torn down bit by bit, and Venable and her desire for more teaching of chem-Hall is about to go. istry, has housed undergraduates, a graduate
They all were recognized for service to students “clubhouse,” math, statistics, the
humanity. But even donors may soon face extension service, storage, computer science
time limits. Many who are involved in the and WUNC radio. It may be a music
naming process believe labs, for instance, building next.
should be named for only a finite time The donors and the University will find
period because when a lab turns over, it each other, but Dick Richardson said UNC
usually is gutted and completely refit. should take care with continuing to balance
The trend in corporate naming of pro- the wealthy and those of good works. For-fessional sports arenas is toward fixed-time tunately for that aspiration, there’s a ready
contracts. Carolina hasn’t moved in this supply of campus residence halls — two
direction yet, but Kupec said it could. unnamed dorms and five apartment-style
Then there’s the question of whether buildings — that typically are not named
you ever should name a building after a for donors because they’re built with bonds
living person.Villanova named its basketball backed by future rent revenue.
arena du Pont Pavilion for its benefactor, Richardson is going to bat for Thomas
John Eleuthere du Pont. Ten years later, du Wolfe ’ 20 and former Chancellor Ferebee
Pont was convicted of the murder of Taylor ’ 42. John Sanders ’ 50, who is work-Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. The Wild- ing with a graduate student to compile a
cats now play in The Pavilion. comprehensive list of building names and
Recently departed Chancellor James their backgrounds (and whose own name
Renick of N.C. A&T State University in is on the School of Government building, a
Greensboro found out you can get in the nod to his service), likes Gordon Gray ’30,
middle of a trustees’ spat even after you’re president of the consolidated University
gone. Renick may not even be implicated from 1950 to 1955.
in financial irregularities at A&T, but that McMillan says three African-Americans
didn’t stop the trustees from rescinding the are deserving: Wilson Caldwell, son of
naming honor they gave Renick for a slaves who was a laborer for the University,
We Have Two Change Orders
Afriend of junior David Mikush was
driving down Manning Drive when
he phoned Mikush and asked him, “How
do your grandparents spell their name?”
A sign on the new dorm read “Harden.”
Mikush alerted his grandfather, former
Chancellor Paul Hardin, and the sign was
changed in time for the dedication in
April. “The street name next to it is
Hardin Street, and it was spelled correctly,” Mikush said.
A Sweet D All the Same
Walter Royal Davis, whose name is on
Davis Library, did not hit a 35-foot
bank shot against Duke in 1974. He is an
oil man and philanthropist. One might
assume he just wrote a check for the
massive building, but that’s not the case.
As a trustee, Davis, who is not an alumnus, worked diligently over several months
in the early 1970s to dissuade the state’s
leaders from spreading the proceeds from
the sale of Carolina’s utilities among all
the state’s public campuses. UNC got
almost all of the money, and the $30 million windfall coincided with the need for a
new undergraduate library. Fellow trustees
showed their gratitude.
Both Knew How to Cook
Students have been known to schedule
their classes so as not to miss the
shenanigans of Erica Kane. In the late
1990s, soap opera star Susan Lucci was
an occasional visitor to the campus when
her daughter was in school here. She is
the donor of the Green Room in the
Center for Dramatic Art. When Graham
Memorial was gutted for a modern interior, the catering kitchen on the lower level
was named for chef Julia Child by the
donors, UNC lecturer Jim Ferguson and
his wife, Ellie.
Three Rooms, No Waiting
Women apparently are especially
glad to have more and better restrooms in the newly rebuilt Memorial Hall.
Three ladies’ rooms are named either for
donors or by donors to honor others. The
men’s rooms remain, as they say, opportunities.