David Edward McCaw, Sr. ’57

David Edward McCaw, Sr., passed away on September 28, 2022, in Bellevue, Washington.

David was born in Anderson, South Carolina, on October 20, 1935, to Calvin Edward McCaw and Elizabeth Betts McCaw.  He graduated from Rock Hill High School, where he played baseball, basketball, and football.  At Davidson College, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, and he graduated in 1957 with a BA degree in business administration. He received a commission through the ROTC program at Davidson and served in the U.S. Army Security Agency as First Lieutenant after graduation. 

Following his military service, David began a more than 40-year career in the banking industry in North Carolina. He first worked with Wachovia Bank in Winston-Salem and then in Ahoskie, North Carolina, where he met and married his wife, Betty Lou Creech, in 1968. In 1978, David joined United Carolina Bank and moved with his family to Whiteville, North Carolina, where he spent 20 years. He retired as a Senior Vice President with BB&T in 1998. After spending 15 years of their retirement in Winston-Salem, David and Betty ventured to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to their family.  

David was a lifelong Presbyterian. He served as a Sunday school teacher, Deacon, Elder and clerk of the Session for First Presbyterian Church in Whiteville.  He also served as a Deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem and Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. David was a committed Rotarian and also served in volunteer leadership roles with a number of other organizations, including the American Red Cross, Southeastern Community College Foundation, Easterseals of North Carolina (now Easterseals UCP of North Carolina and Virginia), and, after retirement, he volunteered with SCORE. A sports enthusiast, David played tennis for many years and enjoyed golf well into his retirement years. He was an avid Davidson basketball fan and regularly traveled from Winston-Salem to attend home games. He also generously supported Davidson College athletics, WDAV, and the McCaw Family Scholarship Fund at Davidson.

David is survived by his wife, Betty Creech McCaw, his daughter and Davidson alumna, Nell Elizabeth McCaw (Yahn W. Bernier), his son, David Edward McCaw, Jr. (Nat Aryucharoen), and his granddaughter, Sara Cameron Bernier.

A memorial service was held at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington, on November 18, 2022.