The board and staff of the NCCF are saddened by the April 13 passing of George H. Broadrick, 88, former and founding board member of the Foundation.
Mr. Broadrick was an influential early member of the NCCF board and involved in the vision and planning of the Foundation. He was president of First Citizens Bank and First Citizens BancShares prior to his retirement and served as a member of First Citizens' board of directors until his death.
The Fort Valley, GA native attended Young Harris Junior College and Mercer University, where he earned a degree in economics. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, where he saw nine years of active duty during World War II and the Korean War.
Current First Citizens Bank President Ed Willingham said Mr. Broadrick set the standard for what a bank president is supposed to be. “He was the epitome of a gentleman,” said Mr. Willingham, who got to know Mr. Broadrick from his many years of service on the corporate board. “He was very gracious, and there was a remarkable optimism about him. As president, he always led the company in an appropriate manner, keeping it moving forward.” Mr. Willingham is a member of the NCCF's Wake County affiliate board of advisors so is also familiar with Mr. Broadrick's impact on the Foundation.
In addition to the NCCF, Mr. Broadrick was involved with many organizations. He was a former member of the NC Highway Commission, the NC Banking Commission and the Board of Visitors at UNC-Charlotte. He also served as chairman of the NC School of Science and Mathematics Foundation.
The family requests that any charitable contributions made in honor of Mr. Broadrick be the donor's choice.