Anne Reynolds Belk honored with endowment at UNCP


The late Anne Reynolds Belk of Charlotte, N.C., will be remembered with an endowed professorship in the Nursing Department at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, creating a $1 million endowment. 


Irwin Belk

Irwin Belk

The announcement was made on August 4 by UNCP’s Office for Advancement. Belk passed away on August 2, 2008, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

The gift of the Anne Reynolds Belk Endowed Professorship in Nursing was made through Irwin Belk, one of North Carolina’s foremost business leaders and philanthropists. Anne Reynolds Belk was married to Carl Grotnes Belk, Irwin Belk’s son.

The gift is for $250,000, and UNCP will apply for matching funds from the C. D. Spangler Foundation and the North Carolina General Assembly’s Distinguished Professors Endowment Trust Fund. Ultimately, the gift will result in a $1 million endowment to assist in funding a faculty position in the Nursing Department.

“We are saddened to hear of the loss of Anne Reynolds Belk,” said Chancellor Allen C. Meadors. “We extend our condolences to the family, who have deep connections to our community.

“Irwin Belk and the Belk family are truly great friends of North Carolina and our University, and we thank them,” he said.

At UNCP, the Belk name is on the Mary Irwin Belk Residence Hall, the William H. Belk Endowed Chair of Business Management and the Irwin Belk Track and Field Complex. 

Anne Reynolds Belk grew up in Lumberton and is survived by her mother Patricia Reynolds Sharpe and two children, Patricia and David. She was preceded in death by her step-father, Albert M. Sharpe, who was a member of the family who founded The Robesonian newspaper in Lumberton. 

Anne Reynolds Belk attended UNC-Chapel Hill and worked as a Certified Public Accountant for a major accounting firm in Charlotte.

Belk was actively involved in the Charlotte community. She served as vice president of finance and treasurer of the Junior League of Charlotte. She was a member of the board of directors for the Charlotte Latin School.

The Anne R. Belk Theater in the Performing Arts Center at UNC-Charlotte was named in her honor. In May 2008, she was honored for her strength and faith when she received the Sarcoma Foundation of America Courage Award.

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