Dr. Voit Gilmore established the Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professorship in Geography in 1989 to support an outstanding geography professor.

Gilmore’s gift of $333,000 was supplemented with $167,000 in matching funds from the State of North Carolina Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund to create a $500,000 endowed professorship.

A native of Winston-Salem, Gilmore was born in 1918. He earned three degrees from Carolina: a B.A. in journalism in 1939, an M.A. in 1985 and a Ph.D. in 1987. Both of his graduate degrees were in geography. His generosity to the Department of Geography includes the creation of the John D. Eyre Geography Travel Fund to give qualified students and faculty travel funds for research.

An experienced world traveler, Gilmore was the owner and president of Four Seasons Travel Service of Pinehurst. His résumé includes eight years at Pan American Airways, a stint as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and five years as a news correspondent in the Arctic and Antarctic. In addition, he is a life fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London, a recipient of the “Mr. Travel” Award from the Golden Helm Society of World Travel Leaders, the former president and chief executive officer of the American Society of Travel Agents and the former president of the Travel Council of North Carolina.

Gilmore also compiled an impressive list of political accomplishments. As a UNC student, he was invited to ride to Washington, D.C., on a special train with President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1961, he was appointed by President John F. Kennedy to be the first director of the U.S. Travel Service. Back home in North Carolina, Gilmore served as the mayor of Southern Pines and spent two terms in the N.C. Senate.

Gilmore died in 2005. He was married to the former Jody Baldwin, and he had five children: Katy, Geraldine, Susan, Peter (’76 B.A.) and David (’86 B.A.)

The Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor:

Lawrence Band