Jim and Barbara McCabe of Clemson have honored a longtime friend with a $100,000 endowment to the Clemson Alumni Association. The Ann Harvin Hunter Leadership Endowment honors Alumni Association President Ann Harvin Whetstone Hunter (center) of Greenwood and will support leadership development for student and alumni volunteers.
Jim McCabe and Hunter’s father, Jack Moorer Whetstone, were friends from fourth grade until Whetstone’s death in 1959. Little did Jim know that he would later become friends with Whetstone’s daughter.
“He was my best friend all the way through school,” said Jim. “He died when Ann was a baby. After she was grown, we became acquainted. She has since called us her ‘surrogate parents.’”
A 1980 and ’82 chemical engineering graduate, Hunter was named the Volunteer of the Year in 2009. She has served on the Women’s Alumni Council and the Clemson Athletic Council and has been an IPTAY representative for 14 years.
Jim McCabe entered Clemson in 1943, but left to serve in the Navy during World War II. Retired from Exxon Company U.S.A., he has been married to Barbara for 63 years.