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An Invitation to Celebrate the Extraordinary Life of R. Philip Hanes, Jr.


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A Special Remembrance from UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri:

"Phil Hanes was one of our founding fathers. That alone would make his passing terribly sad, but the fact that he continued to be integrally involved in and contribute to the well-being of this institution throughout his life makes this particularly sobering.

"I first met Phil Hanes in 1972. I was teaching at Yale, and Phil Nelson, who was dean of the School of Music at Yale at the time and who would go on to be interim chancellor at the School of the Arts (and now trustee), introduced us. So I knew Philip long before I arrived at the School of the Arts in 2006. But more importantly, I knew of Philip’s legendary arts advocacy and his work on behalf of a small gem called the North Carolina School of the Arts.

"When the School of the Arts was first proposed in the 1960s, it was Phil Hanes who brought it to Winston-Salem with his “Dial for Dollars” campaign and intensive lobbying. A member of the school’s first (and subsequent) Board of Trustees, he was one of the visionary minds who shaped and guided the school in the beginning. When the school had the opportunity to secure a performing arts center downtown, Phil was instrumental in making the Roger L. Stevens Center a reality.

"R. Philip Hanes has served the school not only as a trustee, but as a member of our Board of Visitors, and he has been one of our longtime benefactors.

"For his steadfast devotion, Phil Hanes has been the recipient of our Giannini Society Award and an honorary doctorate, and the heart of our campus is named in his honor: the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Student Commons. But Phil’s unwavering love, passion and boundless energy for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is best demonstrated by the location he has chosen for his ashes’ final resting place: in Richard Hunt’s “Conversations” sculpture on our campus.

"His transformative actions in building and protecting the School of the Arts, and in creating the City of Arts and Innovation, is the legacy we all will share."


The University of North Carolina School of the Arts Family

mourns the passing of

R. Philip Hanes Jr.
Founder, Friend, Champion, Benefactor




R. Philip Hanes, Jr., passed away on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem at age 84. Phil was born in Winston-Salem, NC, on February 25, 1926, to the late DeWitt Chatham and Ralph P. Hanes, Sr. He attended Woodberry Forest School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from Yale University in 1949.

Phil was recognized nationally and internationally for his contributions to the arts, entrepreneurship, and conservation. His legacy to Winston-Salem includes the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Stevens Center for Performing Arts, the Winston-Salem Arts Council, the North Carolina Dance Theater, the Stouffer’s Plaza Hotel (now Twin City Quarter), the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Piedmont Opera Theater, the Trade Street Arts District .  For the last two decades, he led efforts to encourage entrepreneurism and was the unwavering force behind the revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem.

A founder of the American Arts Council movement, Phil served on the boards of more than 50 national, state, and local arts agencies, most notably as a founding member of the National Council on the Arts and as founder and first chairman of the North Carolina Arts Council. He established the nation’s first arts council in Winston-Salem.

He was the recipient of three presidential appointments, three honorary university degrees and 24 arts awards, including the National Governor’s Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts and the 1991 National Medal for the Arts.

He founded Ampersand, Inc., a fund raising organization dedicated primarily to the arts and received the Association of Fund Raising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award and the National Endowment for the Arts Chairman’s Award for his commitment to the arts. He also assembled one of the most respected private collections of 19th century American Decorative and Fine Art in the country.

In addition to his many local and national contributions for advancement of the arts, Phil was a lifelong conservationist. He founded two conservation organizations, served on the national boards of three others. He donated more than 1000 acres to help establish Stone Mountain State Park (NC).  He and his wife Charlotte personally acquired and protected thousands of acres of property along the New River in southwest Virginia from unwarranted development including a hydro-electric dam in 1976 and an ill-conceived prison in 2007.

He was the former CEO of Hanes Dye and Finishing and served as a board member on almost every business and community organization in Winston-Salem. He made significant contributions to Wake Forest University and in 2003 received the Winston-Salem Foundation Award recognizing him for his financial and personal contributions enhancing the quality of life in Winston-Salem.

Phil was a determined and dynamic visionary and shared his strategies for jump-starting the impossible in his book, How to Get Anyone to Do Anything.  Phil truly loved people and was at his best when leading the charge for those causes in which he believed.  He was a master storyteller and motivator, and he loved sharing his knowledge of art, wine, networking and mushrooms with his many varied and diverse friends.

He did not tolerate fools, but could charm even the most obstinate with his intellect, sense of humor and boyish grin.

Philip was preceded in death by his first wife, Joan Audrey Humpstone and his sister, Anna Hanes Chatham. He is survived by wife, Mary Charlotte Metz, his sister, Martha Hanes Womble, and several nieces and nephews.  

A celebration of his life was held on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem.  There will be a memorial celebration on Feb. 25.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grayson LandCare, c/o Danny Boyer, PO Box 373, Independence, VA  24348; The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership Meade Willis Fund, 305 W. Fourth Street, Suite 2-E, Winston Salem, NC  27101 and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Office of Advancement, 1533 S. Main Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127.


Phil and Charlotte Hanes with sculptor Richard Hunt and "Conversations"



Media Coverage

* Winston-Salem Journal: Phil Hanes dies at 84

* Winston-Salem Journal: Hanes pour passion into conservation

* Winston-Salem Journal: Visionary enhanced our quality of life

* Winston-Salem Journal: Hanes helped usher in new leadership

* Winston-Salem Journal: Hanes' vision, energy will be missed

* Winston-Salem Journal: Phil Hanes remembered at afternoon service

* Business Journal of the Greater Triad: Winston-Salem mourns death of Hanes

* WXII-TV Channel 12: Community mourns death of arts champion Philip Hanes

* WFMY-TV News 2: Phil Hanes dies at 84

* WRAL-TV: North Carolina arts leader Hanes dies at age 84

* Art Works. The Official Blog of the National Endowment for the Arts: An Appreciation: R. Philip Hanes, Jr. (1926-2011)