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Thomas Anderson Roe

Thomas Anderson Roe, American building supply company executive. Recipient Claire Booth Luce award Heritage Foundation; named builder of year Greenville Home Builders Association, 1962.


  • Roe, Thomas Anderson was born on May 29, 1927 in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. Son of Thomas Anderson and Leila (Cunningham) Roe.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Furman University, 1948. Doctor of Laws, Furman University, 1980. Diploma in business management, LaSalle Extension University, 1956.


    • Cancer research assistant Furman University, 1947-1948. With Builder Marts of America, Inc., Greenville, South Carolina, 1948-1987, president, 1961-1969, chairman, 1969-1987, Chief Executive Officer, 1969-1978. Chairman 1st Piedmont Corporation, 1967-1974, 1st Piedmont Bank & Trust Company, 1967-1974.

      Board directors Swiss Texas. Board governors Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Fairfax.


    Member Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, 1971-1975. Vice chairman South Carolina Republican Committee, 1963-1964, finance chairman since 1986. Member National Republican Finance Committee, 1963-1964.

    Honorary assistant sergeant-at-arms Republican National Convention, Chicago, 1960. Past board directors National Foundation Ileitis and Colitis, Greenville United Cerebral Palsy, Greenville chapter American Red Cross. Past chairman advisory council Furman University.

    President South Carolina Policy Council, Columbia, 1986-1990, now founding chairman, board directors. Board governors Council for National Policy, 1984-1994. Past trustee Greenville Symphony, 1985-1993, Institute Research on Economics of Taxation, 1983-1990.

    Trustee Christ Church Episcopalian School, 1970-1972, Coker College, 1975-1981, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, since 1983, Heritage Foundation, since 1985, Free Congress Research and Education Foundation, Washington, 1987-1996. Member board governors Foundation Francisco Marroquin, Guatemala, International Policy Forum, Washington, 1984-1990. Board directors, member executive committee Peace Center for Performing Arts, Greenville.

    Founding chairman, board directors State Policy Network, Fort Wayne, Indiana. President Charity Ball Board, Rose Ball, Greenville, South Carolina, 1996. Member National Association Home Builders (international housing committee), Greenville Home Builders Association (vice president 1962-1963), National Lumber Building Material Dealers Association, Carolina Building Material Dealers Association (president 1965-1966), Greenville Building Materials Association (president), Montana Pelerin Society, Greenville Chamber of Commerce (director 1967-1970, president 1970), Players Club (president 1951), Sertoma Club (president local club 1960-1961, distinguished service award 1959, superior leaderhsip award 1961), Poinsett Club, Commerce Club.


    • Married Shirley Marie Waddell, August 2, 1980. Children: Elizabeth Overton Roe Mason, Thomas Anderson, Philip Stradley, John Verner. 1 stepchild, Amy Elizabeth Waddell Willcox.
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    Died January 9, 2000
    (aged 72)
    • 1948
      Furman University
    • 1980
      Furman University
    • 1956
      LaSalle Extension University
    • 1947 - 1948
      Cancer research assistant, Furman University
    • 1948 - 1987
      with Builder Marts of American
      Greenville, North Carolina, United States