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New Endowment Honors Carolina Alum Bill Minor’s Love of Learning

A newly created endowment will help the Southern Historical Collection (SHC) in Wilson Library fulfill its mission of collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary resources that document the American South.

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Bill Minor, pictured in the 1934 “Yackety Yack.”

The Minor Family Foundation has created the William Thomas Minor, Jr., Endowment to honor the memory of William “Bill” Thomas Minor, Jr. ’34, JD ’40. Gifts from other family members bolster the new endowment.

Bill Minor was a devoted Tar Heel who was a member of The Order of the Grail, the Order of the Minotaurs, the Amphoterothen Society, an editor of the Daily Tar Heel, and a four-year tennis and basketball player. He graduated summa cum laude and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

A page in the 1934 Yackety Yack notes: “Bill Minor was probably one of the best liked men in his class. [He] combines an overflowing good humor and sincere cordiality with an uncanny ability to remember names. A good athlete, a hard working though socially active, Phi Beta Kappa student, and unselfish friend.” Minor went on to have a 50-year career as a certified public accountant and attorney in Charlotte.

Inspiration for the endowment came from a meeting that several of Minor’s descendants—son  Hardin Minor, Sr., and grandsons Hardin “Massie” Minor, Jr., ’08, and Tucker Minor, ’11—held with SHC archivist Biff Hollingsworth. The group reviewed a family scrapbook from World War I and together saw its potential for researchers.

Meeting with Hollingsworth, said Hardin Minor, “inspired us to consider placing the scrapbook and other items from my granddad’s WWI service in an archive one day. Rather than boxed in a closet, we envision these important documents preserved, even digitized and made widely available for use.”

Not long after that meeting, Bill Minor’s six children and nine grandchildren decided to make a gift to the SHC to celebrate Minor and his love for learning and Carolina.

A gift of $25,000 is the minimum necessary to create a named endowed fund for the Library. For more information about the Southern Historical Collection and ways to support it, contact Emily Silverman, associate director of library development, at essilver@email.unc.edu, (919) 962-3437.

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