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Date: June 8, 2004
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UNCP and friends dedicate Pinchbeck building

By Scott Bigelow

Ribbon cutting - From left: Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs; Jesse Oxendine, a friend and former Boy Scout; Francis Pinchbeck, son; daughters, Sandra Bon, and Mary Alice Teets; Steve Martin, facility architect; Dick Taylor, UNCP trustee and Larry Freeman, director of Physical Plant. Seated: Bertha L. Pinchbeck.

Ribbon cutting - From left: Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs; Jesse Oxendine, a friend and former Boy Scout; Francis Pinchbeck, son; daughters, Sandra Bond, and Mary Alice Teets; Steve Martin, facility architect; Dick Taylor, UNCP trustee and Larry Freeman, director of Physical Plant. Seated: Bertha L. Pinchbeck.

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More than 150 friends, family and Pembroke residents helped The University of North Carolina at Pembroke dedicate the new Walter J. Pinchbeck Facilities, Planning and Maintenance Complex on May 26.

Cutting the ribbon was Bertha L. Pinchbeck, widow of the late UNCP maintenance supervisor. Fourteen family members, some who traveled from as far away as Seattle, Wash., participated in the morning dedication ceremony.

The new Pinchbeck Complex, with four-buildings and 60,000 square-feet, replaces the old Pinchbeck maintenance building, which was dedicated in 1978. It will become offices for purchasing, receiving, printing and central stores.

"This marks the first building at UNCP to be completed with funds from the North Carolina Higher Education Bonds that were passed by the voters of this state," said Neil Hawk, vice chancellor for Business Affairs. "There will be many more dedications in the near future."

Located on the north end of campus, the complex cost $5.7 million and houses administrative offices, garage, workshop and storage, said Facilities Coordinator Dave Girardot.

"This is an exciting time for us," Girardot said. "This project and other ongoing projects are changing the face of the University and allowing us to work more efficiently."

Walter J. Pinchbeck's official portrait that will hang in the new building.

Walter J. Pinchbeck's official portrait that will hang in the new building

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A Cree Indian, Pinchbeck was a legendary Boy Scout leader, who was credited with introducing more Indian boys into Scouting than any other individual. In his honor, 10 of his former Scouts recited the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

"It's a great day, and a great turnout," said Mary Alice Teets, Pinchbeck's eldest daughter. "It is especially great to see so many townsfolk and former Scouts."

"Dad was proud to be a custodian when he worked for $25 dollars a month at Pembroke Graded School," Teets said. "He took great pride in having the cleanest campus in the UNC system."

"Daddy lived by the Scout Law," she said. "He helped people, and he was a true Scouter."

Others in attendance agreed.

"He wasn't just a Scout. He made his boys live the life," said Joe Sandlin, a member of the UNCP Foundation board and former Scout volunteer. "He was special."

"I was a Cub Scout in his troop," said Gene Brayboy, retired director of the Center for Sponsored Research and Programs at UNCP. "That was the first uniform I put on, and I've been wearing one ever since."

"I was hauling furniture in my trailer when it broke down," said Professor Emeritus James Ebert. "He welded it back together, and it's still welded today."

That recollection is more than 30 years old.

Architect for the project was Pease Associates from Charlotte, N.C. The building contractor was Adams and Britt of Lumberton and the project was coordinated by Steve Martin of UNCP's Facilities, Planning and Construction.

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