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.