C. Harper Newbold ’52

C. Harper Newbold ’52, of Davidson, N.C., died Dec. 29 after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Newbold was born July 14, 1928, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Jeremiah McMullan and Jessie Harper Newbold. He grew up in the First Presbyterian Church, earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division before entering Davidson in 1948. A 1952 graduate of Davidson, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, a battalion C.O. in the ROTC, president of Scabbard and Blade, and a Distinguished Military Army ROTC graduate. After graduation he served as an infantry officer from 1952-54 in Korea. He retired from General Motors (GMAC) in 1988, following 34 years of service. He was very proud of his association with General Motors and the many friends created during this service. After retirement he moved to Davidson and enjoyed living and serving in the college town of his alma mater. He was class chairman of the college Annual Fund drive for 15 years, something he loved to do, as it kept him in touch with his classmates. A Presbyterian all his life, he served as an elder and a moderator for Sam Maloney’s Sunday school at DCPC, and as a deacon, elder, and Sunday school teacher at other Presbyterian churches. His community service included the Davidson Lions Club (president, 1994-95), receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship; volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Davidson; and serving as a member of several Town of Davidson committees (including the land use committee and the town planning board), helping make critical decisions for the future of Davidson. Newbold was a Christian, Southern gentleman, husband, father, grandfather, brother, Lion, and soldier. His children loved him for his unconditional love and support, his moral character, his sense of fairness, and his generosity. Newbold is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Betty Sandifer Newbold, 330 Jib Ct., Davidson, NC 28036-7100; daughter, Anne Newbold Dixon (Ed); son, William Hunter Newbold (Linda); and granddaughters, Katherine Harper Dixon Toms (David) and Charlotte Sandifer Dixon. His son, Charles Harper Newbold, Jr., preceded him in death in 1989. Also surviving are his siblings, Caroline N. Swails, Anne N. Perkins, Jerry M. Newbold, Jr. ’43 (Pat), Jessie N. Kennedy (James Kennedy), and twin brother K. Raynor Newbold ’52 (Ellen). Memorial donations may be made to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.