FROM THE HILL
Five Receive Davie Award for Extraordinary Service
Fthe William Richardson Davie UNC.Vaughn Bryson also has been the chair and CEO before retiring in 2000.
Award, the highest honor bestowed visionary behind the renovation of the base- In 1983 the Masseys joined with Van ’ 54
ive alumni have been presented with ment for baseball, the first for a sport at east, Massey eventually served as president,
by UNC’s Board of Trustees. ball stadium. Once work is completed, Tar and Kay Weatherspoon, who is Massey’s sis-
The 2008 honorees are Vaughn and Heel baseball teams will play home games ter, to honor Knox Massey Sr. ’ 25 with one
Nancy Bryson, both 1960 graduates, on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium. of the early professorships at Kenan-Flagler
of Vero Beach, Fla.; Peter T. Grauer ’ 68 Grauer, who earned his degree in Eng- Business School. They, along with the
of Greenwich, Conn.; C. Knox Massey Jr. lish, has spent his career in the financial Weatherspoons and Knox Massey Sr., cre-
’ 59 of Atlanta; and James H. Winston ’ 55 industry. He worked at Donaldson, Lufkin ated the Massey-Weatherspoon Fund, which
of Jacksonville, Fla. and Jenrette and Credit Suisse First Boston. supports the C. Knox Massey Distinguished
Established by the trustees in 1984, the Then he co-founded DLJ Merchant Bank- Service Awards, recognizing “unusual, meri-
Davie Award is named for the Revolution- ing Partners and DLJ Investment Partners. In torious or superior contributions” by Uni-ary War hero who is considered the father 2002, he took over leadership of Bloomberg versity employees; and the Carolina Semi-of the University. It recognizes extraordi- LP, the worldwide information services and nars, an issues forum for faculty members
nary service to the University or society. media company. He had been on the com- from Carolina and other area schools.
Both natives of North Carolina, the pany’s board of directors since 1996 and its Six generations of Winston’s family
Brysons entered UNC the same year, studied chair since 2001. Grauer also is lead director have been Carolina students and leaders.
pharmacy and graduated in 1960. Vaughn of the health care services company DaVita. In 2007 Winston provided the leader-Bryson worked at Eli Lilly & Co. for 32 Grauer has served on the boards of ship gift to name the European Study
years, serving as its president and CEO from more than 25 public and private compa- Center in London. The UNC European
1991 to 1993. He has been on the pharmacy nies. At Carolina, he has stewarded the Study Center in Winston House serves fac-school Dean’s Advisory Board and is now on honors program in the College of Arts and ulty, students and alumni from across the
the board of the GAA. Nancy Bryson has Sciences, whose external advisory board he University. Faculty and graduate students
served on the Arts and Sciences Foundation has led since 1997 and where an endowed hold academic conferences there with
board, the Friends of the Library board and professorship is named in his honor. European colleagues; state-of-the-art
the UNC Board of Visitors. Massey, known as an active force for the instructional technology links classes in
The Brysons made the first major gift University, earned a degree in business Chapel Hill, London and other locations
toward a new music library building, spurred administration and, after graduation, went across the European continent.
the funding of a pharmacy professorship to work for C. Knox Massey & Associates, Winston is chair of LPMC Inc., a real
endowment in honor of one of their the Durham advertising firm founded in estate investment firm in Jacksonville, Fla.,
favorite professors, and created excellence 1930 by his father. Massey moved to Atlanta and also is president of White Oak Land
endowments for the deans of the pharmacy in 1964 to merge the firm with Atlanta- and Development Co. He is president of
and public health schools. They funded a based agency Tucker Wayne & Co. As that Omega Insurance Co., a property and
baseball scholarship and created an endow- firm grew to be the largest in the South- casualty insurance company.
Great Catcher, Hard to Catch
Butch Davis made the Tar Heels contenders again,
and they were courting an ACC division title until
they stumbled against Maryland and N.C. State.
Hakeem Nicks was one tall reason for an 8-4 regular
season record and a ticket to the Meineke Car Care
Bowl in Charlotte. Nicks grabbed spectacular touchdown catches of 73, 66 and 25 yards in the first half
against West Virginia and ended up with 217 yards on
eight catches. His holiday performance may have been
a little too good. Nicks showcased the acrobatics that
pro scouts like, and in January he decided to forgo his
senior year and go up a level. The first-team all-ACC
receiver leaves Carolina with school records for career
touchdowns ( 21), career receiving yards ( 2,580) and
career receptions (181). He’s the only UNC player ever
to catch for more than 1,000 yards in a season, with
1,222 yards and 13 touchdowns last fall. The Heels, still
a relatively young team, fell to West Virginia 31-30.
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