Robert P. Kennel: A voice of reason

June 21, 2013 

A voice of reason

Jim Holshouser was so much more than a trailblazing politician. He was a real friend to so many.

For 20 years we have had a council of UNC Alumni Association presidents, which interacts with the UNC Board of Governors. There was no greater champion for alumni of our 16 public universities than Jim Holshouser. Both in BOG meetings and outside, he was a voice of reason and wisdom. He worked to keep the BOG “non-political.”

Our council honored him years ago with a bronze statue entitled “The Enabler,” and even the last time I spoke with him several months ago, he said he got a mental hernia just thinking about trying to move it.

We had a live television program in 1994 honoring the five then-living N.C. Governors (Sanford, Scott, Holshouser, Martin and Hunt), which demonstrated the true esteem they had for each other and for this great state.

Perhaps our current state political upheaval could be alleviated if current state leaders asked an appropriate memorial question, “What would Jim Holshouser recommend?”

Robert P. Kennel

Holly Springs

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