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Addison Hardcastle Reese (Dec. 28, 1908 - Sept. 1, 1977)
Inducted 1994
   An outstanding banker and civic leader, Addison Reese was born on Dec. 28, 1908, in Baltimore County, Maryland. His great grandfather, John T. Ford had owned Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C.

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   His parents were divorced when he was three and he grew up with his mother. He attended John Hopkins University for three years, before leaving school. With the Great Depression, he worked as a laborer in Michigan for a short time, before landing in 1930 a statistician's job for a private banking firm in Baltimore, Franck-Rosenburg Co. 
   He served as a clerk in 1931 with the Bank of Sparrows Point (Md.) and in 1932 as an assistant national bank examiner. In 1936, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was created and Reese examined banks in Virginia to determine eligibility. He was a senior national bank examiner in 1937 and by 1941, he served as director and vice president of the Nicodemus National Bank (Hagerstown, MD.).
   In 1942, Addison worked in the Army Air Corps as a major in statistical control. In 1947, he served as president and CEO of County Trust Company of Maryland.
   In 1951, he moved to Charlotte, NC, as executive vice president and director of American Trust Company, becoming president in 1954.
   He led mergers with Commercial National Bank of Charlotte (1957), First National Bank of Raleigh (1959) and Security National Bank of Greensboro (1960) — creating the North Carolina National Bank (NCNB) in 1960.
   Reese served as president and CEO, continuing to build banking operations and concluding mergers with other banks. He became chairman of NCNB in 1967, serving in that position until his retirement in 1973.
   Among his civic activities, Reese supported the two-year Charlotte College through its expansion and acceptance as a four-year University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He received an honorary degree from that university and the administration building was named for him. He also was a strong supporter for the Mint Museum.
   He served as president, Association of Reserve City Bankers, board member American Bankers Association. 
   He was married to Gertrude Raisin Craig and they had no children.


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