N. Clark Hatcher Jr., former president of Alumni Association, dies

February 6, 2012
By Bill Krueger
N. Clark Hatcher Jr. in a photo from the 1980s

N. Clark Hatcher Jr. in a photo from the 1980s

N. Clark Hatcher Jr. ’52, a longtime furniture executive and former president of the NC State Alumni Association, died Friday at his home in Mt. Airy, N.C. He was 81.

Hatcher was president of the Alumni Association from 1987-88. But Hatcher served and supported the university and the alumni association in several different roles. He was a board member of the NC State Engineering Foundation and a member of the NCSU Athletic Council. He was a member of the Lifetime Giving Society at NC State and served on the selection committee for the Park Scholarships program. He was a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and the Wolfpack Club.

In 2007, Hatcher was named a distinguished alumnus of the Edward P. Fitts Departments of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Hatcher wrote a column in the university’s alumni magazine in 1985, urging alumni to contribute to the association: “Such recognition sends a message nationwide that NC State is valued by its alumni, and nothing speaks of the quality of an institution like alumni loyalty.”

Hatcher held executive posts with several different furniture companies during a 43-year career in the industry. He tired in 1995 from the Masco Corporation, where he was a vice president. He served on the board of directors for the American Furniture Manufacturers Association.

He served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force elite Black Sheep Squadron in Korea and Japan.

Hatcher is survived his wife, Katherine B. Parries of Mt. Airy, N.C.; sons and their wives, N.C. “Trey” Hatcher III and Kathy of Morganton, N.C., David and Beth Hatcher of Winston-Salem, N.C., Philip and Kelly Hatcher of Wilmington, N.C., Bruce and Dawn Hatcher of Raleigh; stepson, John Parries Jr. and wife, Maria, of Mt. Airy, N.C.; stepdaughters, Katherine Cornelia Parries of Greensboro, N.C., and Lisa Parries Shaw of Mt. Airy, N.C.; nine grandchildren; one step-grandaughter, and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at First United Methodist Church in Morganton, N.C. Following the service the family will receive friends in the fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Capital Maintenance Fund, 200 N. King St. Morganton, NC. 28655.

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4 Responses to “N. Clark Hatcher Jr., former president of Alumni Association, dies”

  1. Linda and Sanford McCosh says:

    Clark was a good man and friend. We will miss him. Sanford and Linda McCosh

  2. Bruce Hatcher says:

    My Dad was a great man and will be greatly missed by many!

    I want to sincerely Thank everyone who made the effort to attend his funeral and for all others who have sent great messages of prayer.

    It all helps!

    May GOD Bless!

  3. Sandy Patton Rudolf says:

    Dave, Bruce, Philip and Trey,
    I was just surprised to see this. That is a great picture of your Dad and it is exactly how I remember him. It hurts deeply to lose your Dad and I will be praying for all of you. Sandy Rudolf

  4. Betsy S, Joyner says:

    Good Evening Trey, Bruce, David and Philip,
    I just learned of your parents passing this past week. They were both such fine people, great parents to you all, and gracious to your friends. You have a wonderful family & legacy and now two angels looking over your shoulders. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Blessings to you all, Betsy (Snipes) Joyner

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