Many UNC physicians passed through Gravely, and a common fond memory is of the cafeteria. Wilbur Partin, with experience in food service at the Carolina Inn and for the U.S. Navy V-12 Infirmary, directed the Gravely food service that prepared and served food to patients and physicians and staff.
Dr. William McLendon, professor emeritus, UNC School of Medicine: "As a medical student in the early 1950s I remember that we all looked forward to our clinical rotation to Gravely for that meant we could eat lunch in the Gravely Cafeteria ( basement level). The food was certainly not gourmet, but it served some of the best southern cooking anywhere with its fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, homemade biscuits, etc."
Dr. Wesley Fowler, Palumbo Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology: "Gravely had the best food on the planet at that time. The cafeteria was in the basement and all meals were home cooked. Best biscuits you ever had."
Dr. Jim Donohue: "It had the best cafeteria, steak dinners for only $1.00."