Catawba College Trustees voted unanimously to award emeritus status to two of their long-serving members, Claude B. Hampton, Jr. '48 and Patricia Proctor Rendleman '47, both of Salisbury, at their October meeting. Hampton served as Catawba Trustee from 1985-2013, while Rendleman's service was from 1975-2013.
Trustees also voted to award emeritus status to Dr. John B. "Jack" Green, a marketing professor in the Ketner School of Business who retired at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.
Claude B. Hampton, Jr. '48
Born in Newton, Hampton grew up in Statesville and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was decorated with the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. After his military service, he attended Catawba and earned a degree in Business in 1948. Later in his life, he earned his master's degree in marketing from the School of Business and International Marketing at Syracuse University and a degree from the advanced management program at Harvard University.
A year after his Catawba graduation, Hampton joined Nabisco and advanced through the Biscuit Division's field selling organization before being named vice president of sales in 1976. In 1978, he was elected vice president of Nabisco, Inc., and president of the Biscuit Division. In 1981, he was named to the additional position of senior vice president and group executive, Nabisco Brands, U.S.A.
He was named executive vice president at Nabisco in 1985, but that same year, he elected instead to take early retirement and accept an invitation to join the Catawba Board of Trustees. He and wife Edith moved back to Salisbury from New Jersey where they had made their home, and Hampton began serving Catawba as an adjunct professor of business education. Hampton served for many years as chair of the Trusteeship Committee of the Catawba Board of Trustees.
A former director for Chubb Life Insurance Company and a variety of other boards, Hampton has consistently supported his alma mater through his gifts of financial resources and time. Catawba honored him in 1979 with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, in 1986 with an honorary doctor of laws degree, in 1994 with the O.B. Michael Award, in 2007 with the Adrian L Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service, and again in 2007 by inducting him into the Ralph W. Ketner School of Business Hall of Fame.
Patricia Proctor Rendleman '47
A native of Salisbury, Rendleman majored in mathematics at Catawba and minored in history. She married her husband Richard Rendleman, a 1941 alumnus, the same year she graduated from Catawba. Together, the couple raised three children.
An avid championship golfer, she was women's golf champion at Grandfather Mountain Golf and Country Club in Linville and Salisbury Country Club. She was a former member and president of the board of directors of the Women's Carolinas Golf Association. She was also active in a variety of business and civic areas. She held seats on the boards of directors of Proctor Chemical Co., Inc. (her family's business), Rowan Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Commission. Active in the Piedmont Players, she served as director and a president of that organization, and also served on the board and as an officer of the Salisbury-Rowan YMCA.
She is a longtime member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and was active in the church's Altar Guild. She chaired the board of the Salisbury-based Proctor Foundation which her mother founded. As a Catawba trustee, she chaired the Academic Affairs committee of the Board.
Rendleman has a longtime history of giving back to her alma mater through her time and resources. She has made financial gifts to the institution for the past 46 consecutive years.
Catawba honored Rendleman in 1984 with an honorary doctor of humanitarian service degree, in 1991 as the recipient of the Adrian L. Shuford, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service, and in 1997 with its Exemplary Life Service Award.
Dr. John B. "Jack" Green
Dr. Green, an Associate Professor of Marketing, joined the Catawba faculty in 2002. Following graduation from Providence College in 1969, he served as a 2nd Lt. Armor Tank Commander at Ft. Knox and Ft. George G. Meade. After completing the MBA in Marketing at State University of NY-Albany, he spent eight years as an Account Executive for Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, in Connecticut and New York.
Following his "Wall Street Period," he spent five years as Director of The Regional Advancement Service of the SUNY-Albany School of Business and taught most marketing courses to classes of 500-600 students.
He then joined the faculty of Brenau University and Women's College in Atlanta where he served for 18 years. During this period, he earned his Ph.D. in Marketing Research at University of Warwick, Coventry England, the first AACSB accredited institution in the United Kingdom.
He spent the past 11 years as a faculty member at Catawba College. His plans in retirement include teaching online, and expanding his Kindle e-Book publication library.