The February 1994 issue of NC State magazine took time to remember Roy H. Park, a 1931 graduate who was at one time recognized by Forbes‘ as one of the wealthiest people in America. Park had died in the latter part of 1993, and the magazine printed a deserving piece on him, one that illustrated the voluminous contributions Park made to NC State and to the world.
“In the depths of the NCSU Alumni Building, the biographical file on Roy H. Park sits in a large cardboard box atop a file cabinet,” the article reads. “There simply isn’t space for the file inside the cabinet. Park…has the distinction of being an NCSU alumnus whose accomplishments are too many to fit inside a drawer.”
Originally from Dobson, N.C., Park served as editor of The Technician while at NC State. He went on to work for the N.C. Cotton Growers Association. But it was in the communications industry, where Park cemented his legacy, starting Park Communications Inc. and acquiring eight television stations, 22 radio stations and 144 publications by the time of his death.
But Park also left a lasting mark on NC State.
And it was on this day in 1977 that he was appointed to the university’s Board of Trustees by Gov. Jim Hunt. He remained active in the Alumni Association throughout his life. And today, the Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center celebrates his legacy, as do the Park Scholarships, awarded every year to a group of exceptional students. To date, fourteen classes of Park Scholars have come through NC State.