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 Bond, and Mary Alice
Teets; Steve Martin, facility architect; Dick Taylor, UNCP trustee
and Larry Freeman, director of Physical Plant. Seated: Bertha
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
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
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
"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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