Dean Colvard Passes Away

He was 93.

http://media.www.nineronline.com/media/storage/paper971/news/2007/06/27/News/Unccs.First.Chancellor.Passes.Away.At.93-2919647.shtml

Although The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is mourning the passing of its first chancellor, it is also celebrating his life and his role at the university. Dean Wallace Colvard, chancellor emeritus of UNC Charlotte, died today at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. He was 93.

http://www.publicrelations.uncc.edu/default.asp?id=15&objId=267

Also can be found on the main www.uncc.edu site

Sad to hear.

I remember when he was honored at halftime of one of our games a few years ago.

Sad, sad stuff.

He’s also a civil rights pioneer.
He okayed for the B-Ball Coach to go to the NCAA Tourney in violation of racist Miss. laws that forbode inter-racial play.

[QUOTE=stonecoldken;245670]He’s also a civil rights pioneer.
He okayed for the B-Ball Coach to go to the NCAA Tourney in violation of racist Miss. laws that forbode inter-racial play.[/QUOTE]
That’s his main legacy, and a damn fine one.

I met him once; nice guy. Very sad day for the school.

Dean Colvard was a visionary. He was the perfect person to take over what Miss Bonnie began. He always took the time to speak to me when I was a student assistant and thereafter in the few times I’d see him at games. The last time I spoke to him was last year over at Davidson.

A great man. [B]49[/B]

Among the finest men I ever knew. He was an exemplar of the “Greatest Generation”.

exemplary. His last year at UNCC was my first. Never heard a bad word spoken of him.

The Observer has a great slideshow of Colvard and some old photos of campus this morning. Neat photos of Belk Tower under construction and the high rises under construction.

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/images/slideshows/062907_colvard/index.html

Wow! I don’t know about some of you, but I enjoy looking at pictures of our campus under construction back in the 1970’s…definitely cool stuff. Wonder how one goes about getting copies of some of those pictures?

Very sad time, but Dean Colvard lived to the age of 93 and forged a legacy of which many could only dream. He did some incredible things. And, UNC Charlotte should be forever proud to be part of that legacy. We would all be lucky to be remembered as well.

I liked seeing a young William Friday, pics of Bonnie Cone, and the construction of the Belk Tower pic was beautiful.

April Bethea at the O. is all over it: [URL=http://www.charlotte.com/171/story/178150.html]http://www.charlotte.com/171/story/178150.html[/URL]

Good article.

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A great man. [B]49[/B][/QUOTE]

Indeed.

Sad day in Niner history… :sad: A great man from what I have been told.

My maternal grandfather and Colvard knew each other at NC State. Grandpa always had good things to say about him. I knew Dr. Colvard as well and he was a good man and definitely the right person to lead UNCC when he was hired as the school’s first chancellor.

BTW, a close associate of Dr. Colvard died last week as well - David Taylor (see Observer link below).

Charlotte.com: He was leader at UNCC, beyond

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That happened on the way to a [I]Dinner Roast[/I]? Must have made things too easy for the roasters.

Great new article from the O. Speaks to the university’s beginnings at our current location… some of it’s pretty funny.

[URL=http://www.charlotte.com/409/story/194000.html]http://www.charlotte.com/409/story/194000.html[/URL]

[QUOTE=NinerATL2CHA;248021]Great new article from the O. Speaks to the university’s beginnings at our current location… some of it’s pretty funny.[/QUOTE]
Kudos to former UNCC vice chancellor Doug Orr for that piece. I remember when Orr was given the responsiblity of hiring a new coach after Hal Wissel and AD Clyde Walker were fired in 1985. He really went out on a limb with Jeff Mullins, who had no coaching experience, but it proved to be the right move in resurrecting the program.

When this was news, I meant to post that maybe they should clean the Colvard Building considering it is kinda a monument to him. I said I’d even pressure wash it myself if they’d let me.

Well, I was walking around campus today and lo and behold they had cleaned the whole thing! Ceiling, walls, and all. They repainted a lot of stuff and pressure washed the rest. Needless to say, it was impressive! A much more attractive and appealing building now that it is clean. I don’t know when the last time they cleaned it was, but if you haven’t ever seen it clean and pretty, I recommend you go there and see it next chance you get.