UNC system honors Nobel winner Sancar

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CHAPEL HILL – Nobel Prize-winning UNC-Chapel Hill professor Aziz Sancar picked up his latest honor on Friday, accepting the UNC system’s O. Max Gardner faculty award from the Board of Governors. Read Article

Sancar accepts 2016 O. Max Gardner Award

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“I marvel at your success,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings when introducing 2015 Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar at the July 29 Board of Governor’s meeting. Sancar was there to receive the O. Max Gardner Award, the oldest and most prestigious statewide honor given to a faculty member who has “made the greatest contribution to the welfare of the human … Read More

Edwin Gill

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On July 16, 1978, long time state treasurer Edwin Gill died in Raleigh. Gill was known as “Mr. Integrity” during his more than 30 years of service as a public finance official. Born in Laurinburg in July 1899, Gill opened a law practice there in 1924 after attending what’s now Duke University in the early part of the decade. He … Read More

FDR’s Experience With O Max Gardner

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In his biography of Franklin Roosevelt, The Roosevelt I Knew, former Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins notes that FDR went out of his way to thank O Max Gardner for his support of Roosevelt’s “New Deal”. A small portion of the book can be found here (PDF)

Southern Oral History Program

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The Southern Oral History Program website has an interesting interview with Governor Gardner by Thad Eure here. Excerpt: C.J.: Let me get back to the 1932 election, did you support Franklin Roosevelt as the nominee before the convention? Restriction: Permission from interviewer required for quotation. page 37 Eure: Yeah, was presidential elector. C.J.: But before the convention of the Democratic … Read More

Women’s Suffrage

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Although women’s suffrage bills continued to be tabled or rejected, the issue actually had a great deal of support within North Carolina. Among those officially endorsing suffrage were a wide variety of well-respected women’s organizations, as well as the Southern Baptist Conference, Southern Methodist General Conference, and the North Carolina Farmers Union. Virtually all of the state’s mainstream newspapers were … Read More

Bridges to Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This Throwback Thursday we’re looking back on the bridge that so many of us in this area use each and every day. The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge opened on October 1, 1969. In the early part of the 1900’s, residents used ferries to cross the Cape Fear River. That changed in 1929 when the Twin Bridges … Read More

Campbell: Higer education vacancies

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In 1930, Governor O. Max Gardner commissioned the Brookings Institution, a private non-partisan think-tank, to come up with suggestions “to promote increased efficiency and economy in the conduct of the governmental affairs of the State.” They recommended and we consolidated the existing three public universities into one system. Governor Luther Hodges asked Dallas Herring, chair of the State Board of … Read More