Hall of  

Lester Vincent Lowe, Jr. (June 22, 1936 - July 7, 1989)
Inducted 1997
   A leading banker and a champion of preserving historic buildings and landmarks, L. Vincent Lowe Jr. made a lasting and on-going contribution to the state of North Carolina.

 Junior Achievement
   Born on June 22, 1936, in a banking family, Vincent graduated from Chadbourn (NC) High School. Vincent's father has been an executive with the former United Carolina Bank and president of the North Carolina Bankers Association.
   He attended North Carolina State University and then switched to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating with a a degree in business administration. 
   Vincent served two years with the U.S. Army in their financial section.
   He joined the BB&T Management Development Program in 1961 and was named assistant vice president in 1963 and was made head of the Wallace office of BB&T.
   From 1966 to 1970, Vincent served as vice president and head of the bank's New Bern office. He won steady appointment in the bank, becoming chief executive office and chairman of BB&T Financial Corporation on February 16, 1982. On March 17, 1987, he was elected chairman of BB&T.
   Vincent served as president of the North Carolina Bankers Association in 1989.
   L. Vincent Lowe, Jr., also was serving as chairman of 50th Anniversary Campaign for Preservation North Carolina at the time of his death in 1989. The group renamed its North Carolina Business Award as the L. Vincent Lowe, Jr. Business Award, which is the highest honor presented annually to a business assisting or promoting historic preservation in the state. 
   He served on the boards of numerous groups, including the Governor's Business Council on Arts & Humanities, the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc., North Carolina Citizens for Business & Industry, North Carolina Museum of Art, East Carolina University and many more.
   He was married to Pearla Ann Revelle of Woodland and the couple had three children.


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