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BC Remembers William Stanback


February 22, 2018

William C. Stanback, a member of the Brevard College Board of Trustees for over 60 years, a husband, father and philanthropist, died on Wednes-day, Feb. 7. He was 95.

Stanback gave generously to Brevard College during his many years on the board. Recently, both Bill’s Boiler House and the Stanback Residence Hall were named after him, as a result of his devotion to the college.

This was, however, not without struggle, according to Brevard College President David Joyce.

“He was a very quiet person. It was hard for us to get him to put his name on the residence hall,” Joyce said. “He did not want his name on anything, but I did get him.

“It was appropriate that he had a residence hall named after him, and he was very pleased.”

Stanback was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before earning a MBA at Harvard University. Stanback also served in the U.S. Navy, and is a World War II veteran.

During his 95 years, Stanback was an owner of the Stanback Headache Powder Co., which he owned with his cousin Fred. In this time, Stanback was also very active as both a nature conservationist and civil rights activist.

“He was also active in the Civil Rights movement,” Joyce said. “He had an appreciation for people of all faiths and color, and they brought that out in the service.

“I didn’t know half the things about him until I went to the memorial service. He didn’t say things, he just did.”

Stanback was inducted into the North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine, a prestigious award given to individuals who have given remarkable service to the state of North Carolina.

His wife, Nancy; brother, Tom; children, Anne, John and Mark Stanback; stepchildren, Mary Hart, John Hart, and Charlotte Hart Scudder; and ten grandchildren survive him.

His memory lives on at Brevard College, where his legacy can be seen in the daily lives of several of the college’s students.

“He touched everybody’s lives,” Joyce reflected. “He was one of those really humble, quiet, soft spoken, very generous people. He was a pleasure to know.”


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