Gift to honor
1949 graduate Jim Dial
Allen C. Meadors with
Mrs. James Dial
A 1949 graduate
and a member of the Board of Trustees when he passed away in 1997, James
H. "Jim" Dial loved The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Like many college
graduates of his generation, Dial returned from the war to get a degree
and find a career in teaching. Dial and the post-war generation reinvigorated
the university and their community.
Dial's widow has
memorialized his life with a gift of $50,000 to the university to dedicate
a courtyard in his name at the proposed new east entrance to the university.
The courtyard will be located in the large traffic island in front of
Katherine B. Dial
said she needed a guided tour of campus because it has changed so much
since she graduated in 1946.
"I'm glad they
left the front of Old Main the same," Mrs. Dial said. "That's
the only building I remember. I had to have help to get around campus."
Mrs. Dial said the
gift is a symbol of her husband's love for his university.
"I'm glad we
could do this," she said. "If my husband were here to see
it, he would be proud."
Dial was a lifetime
Chancellor's Club member and one of the first to join the club, which
is the university's largest giving club, comprised of key university
C. Meadors thanked the family for their support.
"We have big
plans for the garden as a focal point of the university," Chancellor
Meadors said. "It will be one of the first things people see when
they drive onto campus at the new entrance."
"This is a
great gift honoring a great friend of the university," the chancellor
said. "I would like to thank Mrs. Dial for this contribution."
During her visit
to UNCP, Mrs. Dial leafed through a 1946 Indianhead Yearbook and paused
for some fond memories. She was the May Queen in 1946, when May Day
was an important campus event.
"We had some
great times," she said. "I had very few classmates, but we
had good programs and plays."
Mrs. Dial is listed
in the 1946 yearbook as a member of the Drama Club, Who's Who, the Baptist
Student Union and Orchestra. It was a different time, she says.
"I stayed on
campus for a while, then I stayed in town with family and friends,"
she said. "I met my husband before the war, and I saw him on campus
and at his church in Prospect where I taught school after graduation."
Jim and Katherine
Dial were both retired teachers, with more than 50 years of service
to education between them. They have four children: James H. Dial Jr.
of Charlotte; Dennis Dial, a military pilot stationed in Germany; Gina
Dial and Colette D. Locklear, both of Maxton.
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