Thursday, March 29,1990 No. 10
BOILING SPRINGS, NORTH CAROLINA
Passing of Charles
By R. Shawn Lewis
On March 19th, Gardner-Webb Col
lege lost a very dear friend. Charles I.
Dover, textile magnate and humanitarian,
died at the age of 86 in Cleveland Memorial
From the earhest stages of his life,
Charles I. Dover wanted to make a dif
ference in his community. Dover worked
his way up the textile ladder, starting out
sweeping his father’s mill. In 1944, Dover’s
dream became a reality. He established the
Dover Foundation, which awarded scholar
ships to academically-gifted students. The
Foundation grew to support churches and
other community organizations. Charles I.
Dover believed in Gardner-Webb College
and donated millions of dollars to further
Christian higher education at the college.
Gardner-Webb’s campus center is named
for Mr. Dover and the Kathleen N. Dover
Theatre was built in memory of Mr. Dover’s
wife. Dr. M. Christopher \Vhite on Charles
"In 1944, Charles I. Dover and his
brother Jack were friends with Governor O.
Max Gardner. Gov. Gardner made sugges-
Charles I. Dover 1903-1990
He was an older brother-
Born two years before our institution.
We grew up together, our steps-
attempting to mimic his.
He became the model that ail
our documents defined—
Loving, caring, productive and involved.
When we had needs, he quietly
And graciously extended his hand.
Our profuse thanks he accepted with humility,
teaching us again the nature of Love.
His absence will be felt as we feel
the loss of an elder brother,
an ache reaching through memories,
memorials, and the mystery of a man
in whose steps we tread.
His presence is everywhere, even as we walk
about this place he loved.
CHARLES I. DOVER
tions which the brothers took to heart. Mr.
Gardner suggested they look into this little
college with the thought of creating a foun
dation. The Dover brothers did just that and
their relationship with Gardner-Webb has
blossomed over the decades. From that
beginning, Charles Dover has been the
largest contributor and most significant in
fluence in the development of Gardner-
Webb College... The measure of a man is
the legacy he leaves behind. Much of what
is great at Gardner-Webb i^ due to Charles
I. Dover. His life and his example in giving
are challenges that all others will struggle
Gardner-Webb College joins the
people of Cleveland County in mourning
the loss of a very dear friend. Charles I.
Dover was indeed a legacy and an example.
Chrissy Vaughn Wins Regional
Alpha Chi Honor
INSIDE THE PILOT.,
Runnin’ Bulldogs Sports
Odds and Ends
Enjoy this issue of The Pilot!
By Dawn E. Camp
Chrissy Vaugh n is the new Student
Representative to the National Council of
Alpha Chi, the national honor society for
small, four-year colleges. Chrissy was
elected during the group’s regional meeting
held February 22-24 in Savannah, Georgia.
As the regional representative, Chris
sy will attend many meetings. The first is a
meeting of the council in Chicago, Illinois,
April 20-22. She will attend the national
conference in Orlando, Florida in the
spring of 1991. Her membership on the
committee will end in the next regional
meeting (1992) planned for Atlanta, GA.
At the convention Chrissy gave a 10-
minute presentation on one of her papers.
Michelle Philemon and Nancy Reed each
presented their papers to the group of 130.
Dr. Morgan praised each of them.
Seven students ran for the only student
regional position. Every student was
eligible for the office. Nominations could
be made by the faculty representative or by
the student. Chrissy was nominated by Dr.
Bob Morgan, GWC Alpha Chi faculty
Dr. Morgan said, "Each school had two
V0tes“0ne for faculty and one for the stu
dent representative. Chrissy won the elec
tion on the first ballot. I don’t remember
that ever happening before.
"I chose to nominate Chrissy because
of her obvious leadership abilities and
ability to express herself. She handled her
self well in front of the group. I thought we
had a good chance of wdiming."
Chrissy admits that she had second |
thoughts about running. "The Chicago
meeting is the weekend of Spring Jubilee,
and this is my last year. I decided that I had
had three Spring Jubilee weekends, and this
was a great opportunity. I decided I had
nothing to lose.
"I’m excited about this opportunity. I
think that anyone who has the opportunity
to run for anj1;hing should do it. Even if you
don’t win, it will be a tremendous learning
Chrissy is a senior. Liberal Arts major.
She plans to work with freshman program
ming at a small college after completing