Rotary District 7690 - Piedmont NC - Zone 33

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District Governor
Tom McKnight
1979-1980
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About Thomas E. McKnight

Tom was born July 3, 1931 in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

He attended Rankin School and Guilford College.

He married Margaret Taylor McKnight in February 1942 and they had two children.

In World War II, he served in the United States Army with the 29th Division and the 116th Infantry.  He was wounded on the Omaha Beach invasion on D Day.  He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.  He was discharged in September 1945 as Chief Warrant Officer.

After the war, McKnight joined Phipps Hardware.  In 1950, Tom established McKnight Hardware and McKnight Marine in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He served as president and general manager for 33 years.

He served as vice-president of the Greensboro Merchants Association

He served as secretary of the North Central Piedmont Resource Conservation and Development Project of North Carolina. 

Tom was a deacon, elder, Sunday School teacher, and leader at Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Greensboro.

Tom was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Summit in 1957 and was club president in 1958-59.  He served as club secretary for 17 years.

Tom served as district governor in 1979-80 and was delegate to the 1982 Council on Legislation.

The Rotary Club of Summit created the Tom McKnight Memorial Scholarship in his honor.

His principal hobby was hunting, fishing, and boating.

He died on December 7, 1984 at the age of 65 and is buried in the Buffalo Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

- PRID Ken Morgan (2017)


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PDG D. Kim Setliff (1997-1998)
PDG Carol Summerlin (1996-1997)
PDG Arnold King (1995-1996)
PDG Charles Younts (1994-1995)
PDG Wilbur Handcock (1993-1994)
PDG Ray Taylor (1992-1993)
PDG Everett Padgett (1991-1992)
PDG John Justice (1990-1991)
PDG William Smith Kirk (1989-1990)
PDG Ralph H. Bowden (1988-1989)
PDG W.B. Hull (1987-1988)
PDG Albert M. Ankrom (1986-1987)
PDG Philip S. Brown (1985-1986)
PDG Richard D. Meisky (1984-1985)
PDG Frank H. (Chip) Wood (1983-1984)
PDG Buck Campbell (1983-1984)
PDG Wade Phillips (1982-1983)
PDG Felton J. Capel (1981-1982)
PDG Marcus B. Crotts (1980-1981)
PDG Thomas F. McKnight (1979-1980)
PDG Sam Cranford (1978-1979)
PDG Frank H. (Chip) Wood (1977-1978)
PDG Robert L. Sprinkle (1976-1977)
PDG T.C. Plexico (1975-1976)
PDG Bud Toler (1974-1975)
PDG W.D. Lee (1973-1974)
PDG David Rankin (1972-1973)
PDG Dick Johnson (1971-1972)
PDG Charles Wesley Lowery (1970-1971)
PDG Henry Wilburn Anderson (1969-1970)
PDG Austin M. Garriss (1968-1969)
PDG John A. (Jack) Dibb (1967-1968)
PDG James F. Lambeth, Jr. (1966-1967)
PDG Leo J. Heer (1965-1966)
PDG Floyd L. Knight (1964-1965)
PDG Charles Wiley Phillips, Sr. (1963-1964)
PDG John W. Harden (1962-1963)
PDG Carl Vann Tyner (1961-1962)
PDG Walter C. Odell, Sr. (1960-1961)
PDG John Spurgeon Edwards (1959-1960)
PDG Henry W. (Hal) Little, Jr. (1958-1959)
PDG Harry Brown Finch (1957-1958)







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