GOVERNOR GARDNER ADDRESS ACCEPTING THE MOREHEAD-PATTERSON BELL TOWER MEMORIAL
CHAPEL HILL, N. C.
NOVEMBER 26, 1931
Ladies and Gentlemen:
It is with the highest sense of satisfaction that, as governor of North Carolina and on behalf of the board of trustees of the University and in the name of the state of North Carolina, I accept this beautiful Memorial, given to the University by two of her distinguished and loyal sons, John Motley Morehead of the class of 1891, and Rufus Lenoir Patterson of the class of 1893. I accept it for the State as a fitting memorial to the distinguished lines of Moreheads and Pattersons who have been intimately associated with the life of this beloved institution since it was first chartered and who throughout the history of North Carolina have played an Important and constructive role in its upbuilding. I dedicate this tower and the sweet music of these bells to the future upbuilding of this institution and this State, knowing full well that on this campus the sons of North Carolina will be inspired by the harmony of these chimes and will here catch the vision and follow the gleam.
These two eminent sons of North Carolina — the donors of this tower of bells — spring from an ancestry whose roots have from the beginning run deep down into the life of this State. The Moreheads and the Pattersons have been identified with the finest and noblest aspirations of the people of North Carolina. Their families have been essentially interwoven with the life of this State in every period of its history and in all its vicissitudes. They have produced men and women who have been eminently useful to their day and generation. And the donors themselves, John Motley Morehead and Rufus Lenoir Patterson, have borne aloft the high tradition, of their families, and have reflected credit on North Carolina wherever they have gone. One happy thought about each of them is this: Although neither has lived in this State for thirty-five years, to each of them during this thirty-five years North Carolina has been home and the University of North Carolina has been to them the heart of North Carolina.
This University has been the beneficiary of the devotion of its friends ever since it has been a university. Indeed this institution has gleaned full as much from the unswerving love and loyalty of its friends and sons as it has from the bounty of the State. Yet, I am extremely doubtful if anyone at any time has given to it a more perfect gift than this tower of chimes; and I am happy that two practical men, two men of affairs, associate this spot and this institution with the beautiful and the spiritual.
To me it seems that this occasion furnishes the opportunity that summons friends and alumni to the task of seeing that this University shall not be compelled in periods such as we are now passing through to mark and circumscribe its service to the State by the fluctuating flow of public revenue. I can think of nothing more permanent on earth than the investment in the unbroken stream of youth, as it flourishes and covers the State with its aspirations and its blessings.
The music of these bells — that ring today for the first time — will stir the hearts of many a youth yet unborn with thoughts kin to those that moved the magic pen of John Keats in his beautiful and enchanting “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Beauty is truth, truth beauty” — that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
I accept this magnificent memorial on behalf of the board of trustees and in the name of North Carolina as as expression of the deep loyalty and devotion of John Motley Morehead and Rufus Lenoir Patterson to their native State and to this University.