David Orr Belcher

1957 - 2018

In his personal statement shared at his memorial service, Dr. David Belcher wrote: “Mine has been a remarkable life.” And, that it was.
Read his final words to us all 

Memorial Service

Many joined Susan Brummell Belcher and the entire Belcher family to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. David O. Belcher. The service can be viewed on this site and condolences can be shared here.

1 p.m. Saturday, June 23

A reception followed in the Bardo Arts Center Star Lobby.

Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

The service took place on the campus of Western Carolina University at the Bardo Arts Center theater where Dr. Belcher, an accomplished pianist, performed many times.

Watch the Video of the Service View Memorial Service Location details

Carrying His Legacy Forward

He inspired us to action and purpose. May we honor him by continuing the momentum.


Dr. Belcher loved to share stories – not his own, but those of accomplished students. Share your condolences here, and find out how you can continue to share the success stories of higher education.


Student scholarships were Dr. Belcher’s top philanthropic priority. In lieu of flowers, he asks us to support scholarships at WCU and at other universities he has served.

Memories of a Great Leader and Friend

From those whose lives he changed forever.

“Dr. Belcher modeled true leadership and passion in everything he did. He exuded love and joy for everyone he came in contact with. Our lives are forever changed because of you.”

Richard Sneed, Principal Chief - EBCI

“I had the pleasure of serving on the search committee the year he was chosen as our Chancellor. UNC President Tom Ross charged us to bring him a Superman. Little did we realize during the search that in our recommendations not only were we getting a Superman, but also, a Wonder Woman.”

Betty Allen

“Thoughts are with you during this difficult time. David was a friend, mentor and a giant in our community. The two of you, together, have been a powerful force for good and have touched lives too numerous to count, a legacy that will long endure. I am honored to call both of you friends.”

Steve Heatherly

“A leader who inspired us all with his personal dedication to the highest standards in higher education – and service to the people of North Carolina – he was an incredible example of how all leaders can best serve the needs of our students and the future of our state and nation. He was a wonderful friend and we will all miss him.”

Carol Folt, Chancellor - UNC at Chapel Hill

“Chancellor Belcher was one of those rare individuals who always inspired those around him to do better/more. Our thoughts and prayers are with Susan and his family.”

Tim & Donna Haskett

“David Belcher was my (Fred’s) roommate at Furman University in 1976 when he introduced us (Fred and Cindy) to each other... he was a groomsman in our wedding (40 years ago yesterday, June 16!), a great friend to us through the years…”

Fred and Cindy DeFoor

Larger than Life

A glimpse into the thousands of memorable moments that we will carry with us.