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'38 Alumnus Established New Scholarship at Catawba College before His Death

July 23, 2010

Category: Academics, Alumni, Gifts, Teacher Education


The late Eugene Deal of Mooresville, N.C., formerly of Charlotte, N.C., made a gift the year before his death to establish a scholarship at Catawba College named for him and his late wife. Deal, a 1938 alumnus of Catawba, died July 10, 2010. His wife predeceased him in 2005.

The Evelyn S. and Eugene E. Deal Family Endowed Scholarship will be targeted to students who are graduates of South Rowan High School, members of First Reformed Church of Landis, N.C., and who are majoring in education. The Deals hailed from the South Rowan area.

Mr. Deal played baseball during his time at Catawba and was a member of the team when the Catawba Indians won the 1936 North State Conference pennant. While a student, he worked at the President's House for then college president, Dr. Elmer Hoke. At Catawba, he majored in education, English, history and administration.

After his graduation from Catawba, he served two years in the U.S. Navy before returning home to earn his master's degree in social work from UNC Chapel Hill. He began his teaching career at Biscoe High School where he taught social studies and coached baseball, football and basketball. Between 1941 and 1944, he taught social studies and coached at Mt. Ulla High School where he also served as athletic director. Thereafter, he and his wife, Evelyn, settled in Charlotte where Mr. Deal began his social work and counseling career. He worked his way up from probation counselor to chief probation counselor for the Mecklenburg County Juvenile system until retirement.

The late Mrs. Deal was a long-time secretary for presidents at Queen's College in Charlotte.

"We are grateful to Mr. Deal for his forethought in establishing this scholarship that will benefit future Catawba students," noted Tom Childress, Catawba's vice president for development.

The Deals had joined Catawba's Tower Society close to a decade ago when they made a charitable bequest to the institution. 


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