UofSC Stands in Salute to Bob McNair

A statement from President Harris Pastides

Robert McNair was a giant, even among very great persons. He was part of the “great generation” of Americans who led with their values and served their families, communities and our great nation.  Hundreds of current and former McNair Scholars at the University of South Carolina benefited from Bob and Janice’s generosity, and they always wanted to be around him whenever they could.  

But the greatest gift he gave was the example of a life lived with integrity, compassion and love of family and country.  


A student scholar once told me that listening to him during his annual visits made the student want to “stand taller, work harder, and serve more people.” Another said that while it was likely impossible to “become a Robert McNair,” she hoped to “...become just a little more like him” especially with respect to dedicating her life to helping others.

Here at Carolina, his alma mater stands in salute to a man who gave back more than he took away, and to a man that led a full and large life. He benefited from life’s bounties and shared his resources with others.  But the greatest gift he gave was the example of a life lived with integrity, compassion and love of family and country.