Carl Maneval Smith ’44 M.A. willed $333,000 to the department of exercise and sports science—supplemented by a matching grant from the State of North Carolina’s Distinguished Professorship Endowment Trust Fund—to establish a $500,000 endowed professorship in honor of Smith’s daughter, Katherine Smith Gunter ’60.

Gunter, one of two children for whom Smith established funds at UNC, earmarked the funds to attract or retain a distinguished teacher and scholar in the department of exercise and sports science whose research will enhance the department’s efforts.

The professorship is a testament to Smith’s dedication to his children’s education and to UNC, as well as to Gunter’s devotion to the department of exercise and sports science, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education in 1960.

Smith, who earned his master’s degree in mathematics in 1944, moved to Chapel Hill after World War II with his wife, the late Anzelette Prevost Smith, and opened Smith-Prevost Cleaners.

Smith went on to open Chapel Hill’s first brokerage business, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where he worked as an account executive. Smith also served on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education from 1947 to 1956, the Orange County Board of Commissioners from 1962 to 1970 and the N.C. General Assembly from 1971 to 1972. Smith, who died in 1998, taught math briefly at UNC.

The Katherine Smith Gunter Distinguished Professor:

Robert G. McMurray-Professor Emeritus

2015 – Present: Erik Wikstrom