Former Mount Olive College President Dies

An Eastern Carolina college is mourning the loss of its president emeritus.

Dr. Burkette Raper, who served as president at Mount Olive College for 41 years, died Monday morning. His obituary says Raper was 83-years-old and he died after a battle with cancer.

When he began as Mount Olive president in 1954, Raper was the youngest college president in the United States. The college says when he retired in 1995, Raper was the current longest-tenured president in the country.

His funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday in Kornegay Arena on the campus of Mount Olive College.


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  • by Phyllis Location: Fayetteville NC on Aug 4, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    I had the wonderful opportunity of graduating from Mount Olive College, meeting Dr. Raper and attending school with Dr. Raper's daughter, Laura. They are a nice family and his presence and passion for Mount Olive College will be missed and remembered. God bless the Raper family.
  • by DDS0929 on Aug 3, 2011 at 04:08 PM
    I didn't know Dr. Raper but my husband graduated from Mount Olive last year. He sounds like a wonderful giving man and my prayers go to his friends and family and the lives he has touched.
  • by J on Aug 3, 2011 at 09:32 AM
    I went to MOC and the opportunity to meet Dr. Raper. He was a nice guy who loved MOC.
  • by David Location: New Bern on Aug 3, 2011 at 08:09 AM
    Dr. Raper was a great man and an inspiration to more people than most realize. My grandmother has worked for him for over 30 years as the head fund raiser for Mount olive College. He will be sorely missed. The world lost a great man.
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