The Lineberger Name

About the Lineberger family of Belmont, NC, for whom the Cancer Center is named.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center was named for the Lineberger family of Belmont, NC, pioneers in the textile industry. The Linebergers have a long and distinguished association with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between 1921 and 1968, eleven members of the family graduated from the University and continued to work for it through their activities in various support organizations. But it was four brothers who were the key players in the creation of the Lineberger Cancer Research Center -- Archibald '21, Henry '24, Harold '26, and Joe '33.

A photo of the Lineberger brothers.

"The school gave them a lot," recalled Henry's daughter, Sayre Mayer. "Nobody ever told them that giving back was the thing to do; it was something they wanted to do."

Archibald was the first Lineberger to earn his UNC degree, and he later established the Lineberger Foundation in 1944. In 1977, the foundation pledged $1 million to a building fund for a proposed cancer research center. This gift spurred others to contribute until more than $4 million was raised. The money provided the core financing for the original three-story cancer research building that opened in 1984.

Other gifts from the family followed and continued to inspire the generosity of their fellow North Carolinians.

"It's amazing how all those separate enterprises throughout the state are working together to make a difference," said the late Joe Lineberger. "I'm really proud."