Hayden Bently Renwick, 74, the son of the late Lewis Renwick and Mary Louise Colvert Renwick, was born Feb. 10, 1935 in Statesville, N.C. He departed this life Wed, Sept. 2 at Presbyterian Medical Center after suffering from heart failure.
He was educated in the public schools of Iredell County and later attended Johnson C. Smith University where he achieved his bachelor of science degree in 1956. During his term as a Golden Bull, he was captain of the football team and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He married Sandra Allayne Medford in August 1957.
He was drafted into the United States Army in 1958 and after 2 years of service was honorably discharged. He returned to North Carolina and immediately began his 30 year career in education. During this time he was a teacher and coach at Horton High School in Pittsboro, physical education instructor, N.C. A&T State University teacher, coach, and then assistant principal at Guy B. Phillips Junior High School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
He achieved his masters of education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1966. While working for UNC-Chapel Hill, he served as assistant director of undergraduate admissions from 1969-1973, assistant dean, college of arts and sciences from 1973-1977, and then associate dean, college of arts and sciences from 1977-1988. From 1988 to 1991, he was associate vice chancellor, Fayetteville State University and finally special assistant to the chancellor, Winston-Salem State University.
Among numerous awards and recognition, he was the honorary member of the Order of the Old Well (1972), honorary member of the Order of the Golden Fleece (1974), named top administrator by Black Student Movement (1978 & 1979), honored and roasted by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Black Student Movement (1980), honored by black faculty-staff and former students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for 18 years of service (1988). In 1994, he was inducted in the Johnson C. Smith University Sports Hall of Fame.
He leaves to cherish fond memories, his wife, Sandra Medford Renwick; daughter, Beverly Renwick Pappy of Charlotte; son, Michael Lewis Renwick of Atlanta; sister, Natalie Marsh of Statesville; brother, Roy Renwick (Helen) of Atlanta; two granddaughters, Cassandra Allayne-Louise Pappy of Greensboro, Kelsea Sabrina Pappy of Charlotte; sisters-in-law, Jacquelyn Byers Johnson of Savannah, Ga., Barbara Medford McIlwain of Charlotte, Jean McDougal Andrews of Fayetteville, Lois Medford Jackson of Los Angeles; one brother-in-law, Norman Day of Unionville, N.Y.; one godson, Cameron Bentley Belton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Hayden was preceded in death by two brothers; Lewis Renwick Jr. and Donald Renwick and one sister-in-law, Clarissa Day.
Long & Sons Mortuary Service is serving the family.
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