McNair Evans died from a heart attack at his home in Laurinburg, N.C., on Nov. 1, 2000. His memorial service was held in the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, where he had been a Sunday school teacher and chair of the board of deacons. Classmates attending the service included Mac Cromwell, Bob Eby, Bob Jiranek, Tom Knight, Fuzzy Neville, Bill Pritchard, Ed Tiryakian, George Buxton, Walt Craigie, and Joe Fiveash, of whom the last three were Mac's college roommates. From this group also came the leadership that raised in excess of $150,000 to endow a scholarship in McNair's memory at Woodberry Forest.
Always a steady friend and a calming presence, McNair belonged to Cottage Club, was active in the Westminster Foundation, and graduated with honors in economics.
Following his MBA from Harvard Business School, he spent two years in the Army Ordnance Corps. Mac returned to Laurinburg to manage family businesses related to farming. He devoted his life to his family and church, and to community service.
McNair is survived by his wife, Patricia, his children, Martha, Patricia, and McNair Jr., a sister, Ann McIver, and brothers John and Murphy '54. His brother Hervey '47 predeceased him. The class extends to the family its deepest condolences.
The Class of 1952