Kenneth Tanner's achievements and benefactions were great in education, business, community life, and spiritual values. But his personal qualities transcended his achievements. He was extra-ordinarily alive, quick, dynamic. His emotions were intense, generous, and responsive. But his emotions were held in control by his thorough, comprehensive, and untiring mind. Consequently, his actions were intelligent and his purposes were sure.
Mr. Tanner was an avid reader, one of the best informed men of his day. He was a ready and good writer. A heart condition kept him at home a great pert of his time. He compensated for this by artistic use of a dictaphone and a telephone. Valuable books on business and education, perceptive essays of appreciation to students and teachers, and comments on life in general, could be compiled from his letters. He was a delightful and merry-hearted humorist, always giving a spiritual lift to whatever he considered. He was a connoisseur of life who increased its quality as he enjoyed it.
When he did travel he saw everhthing with keen insight. And in his rhythm at home his interest was total, from the minute details of the household to the world situation. He was charming in person, a delightful conversationalist, a thinker who could penetrate the mass of details and bring out the pertinent points of a problem. He was a gracious host, and an encouraging companion, always optimistic and never complaining. The light and warmth of his own spirit and that of the world of sure values played around him in his lovely mountain home.
John Gilmer Mebane Kemp B. Nixon Claude W. Rankin Thomas H. Heath Wm. B. Saunders Committee
Dr. John Cotten Tayloe
Mr. T. J. Collier read the following resolution for Dr. L. H. Swindell, Chairman of a Committee composed of Dr. Swindell, Mrs. J. B. Kittrell and Mr. Collier:
WHEREAS, in the life of a state, profession, or business, we are dependent on the wisdom and willingness of individuals for guidance; and
WHEREAS, in a life-time we may be blessed with such a leader who stands "above the crowd" in the three fields: community life, professional life, and business life; and
WHEREAS, the late John Cotten Tayloe, with dignity, with humility, and with daily deeds carried high the banner of leadership in these fields; and
WHEREAS, among other business activities, he gave most generously of his time and talents and served unselfishly on the Board of Trustees of the consolidated University of North Carolina from 1958 until his death, in all his decisions exhibiting consideration, intelligence, honesty, and a high sense of responsibility; and
WHEREAS, in his passing, the Board of Trustees, the University, faculty, students, and associates have lost a dear and trusted friend:
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina
1. That in the death of John Cotten Tayloe this Board has lost a personal and trusted associate;
2. That the Trustees, the University, the faculty, the students and associates have lost a treasured asset that cannot be replaced;
3. That the varied interests of the Board of Trustees, and to John Cotten Tayloe's family in particular, we express our deep sorrow, and the recognition of our great loss;
4. That a copy of this resolution be entered in .the minutes of the Board of Trustees;
5. That a copy of this resolution be sent to the family of John Cotten Tayloe.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by all members standing.
Letter of Appreciation from Dr. Frank P. Graham
President Friday read the following letter from Dr. Frank Graham:
"I wish to express to the Board of Trustees, through you, my very deep appreciation of the honor that they have done me in naming the Student Union at Chapel Hill for me. A person so honored of course is always deeply moved, not only with gratitude but also with a deep sense of humility and the wish that he be more worthy of such generous sentiments. The building will certainly meet a great need at Chapel Hill and will serve to catch up the University at Chapel Hill with the very fine student union buildings at the sister universities in Raleigh and Greensboro.
"My wife, who in her quiet and devoted way was always glad to share in the life, problems and hopes of the students, joins in this expression of deep gratitude.
"Sincerely and gratefully yours, /s/ Frank Graham. "
The meeting then adjourned.