Champney Adams McNair ’49

Champney Adams McNair ’49, 86, died Jan. 12 at his residence in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Born in Sanford, N.C., he was a son of the late John Nelson McNair and Jessie Rose Chamberlain McNair. He was an Eagle Scout and later in his life received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and the distinguished Eagle award. McNair received a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Davidson and a M.B.A. from Harvard University. He retired as CFO from Suntrust Bank in Atlanta, Ga., a company he served with distinction for over 30 years. McNair proudly served his country under General George Patton in WWII in the European Theater. In faith he served as a member of First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach and an elder at Peachtree and Clairmont Presbyterian churches in Atlanta. He served his community in many roles including chairman and trustee of Georgia Council on Economic Education, chairman of the United Negro College Fund, chairman of the board of trustees of Rabun Gap Nacoochee School, and National Council member representing the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Most importantly, McNair was a loving husband, a strong father to his boys, a joyful grandfather, and a doting great-grandfather. He has been generous beyond words with family and friends and has helped many a stranger in his charitable work. Survivors include his wife, Catherine, P.O. Box 1010, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576-1010; four sons, Champney Adams McNair, Jr. ’72, William A. McNair, John E. McNair, and Robert G. McNair; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elinor McNair Ankrom.