Philip Hanes

Ralph Philip Hanes Jr.

February 25, 1926 – January 16, 2011

R. Philip Hanes Jr. founded River Ridge Land and Cattle Company with his wife, Charlotte. Together they took the initiative to learn about restorative farming practices and implement them on River Ridge Farm. Their goal was to help area farmers implement new methods to decrease their workload and make a profit, while also preserving the land. 

River Ridge Farm and the preservation of farmland in Grayson County, VA were far from Philip’s only contributions to the betterment of the world. Philip Hanes led a remarkable life that continues to be an inspiration to those who knew him — especially to the team at River Ridge.

Nationally renowned as an arts patron, environmental activist, and business leader, Philip was a mover and shaker who made success look easy. His legacy is one of generosity and diligence in business, the arts and conservation, and other noteworthy civic and philanthropic causes. Throughout his life he sought knowledge, was gifted with humor and common sense, and worked tirelessly on causes to benefit all Americans. This was made apparent in his affiliation with more than 115 arts, conservation, and business organizations where he held more than 180 positions — many of which were on boards.

Philip was a firm advocate in conservation and land protection. He played a pivotal role in the creation of Stone Mountain State Park in North Carolina (including donating the land); he preserved 9,00 acres around Mount Mitchell; and he and his wife, Charlotte Hanes, were the founders of Virginia New River Blueway.

Philip’s conservation efforts did not go unrecognized during his lifetime. He received multiple awards for conservation including The North Carolina & National Wildlife Federation Award for Preservation of Natural Areas and The Gulf Oil and Isaac Walton League of America Conservation Award. He was made an Honorary North Carolina Park Ranger, and he served on the boards of the Nature Conservancy, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, National Audubon Society, Isaac Walton League of America, National Committee for the New River, and the New River Community Partners.

Philip combined his business acumen with his knowledge of and appreciation for the arts, establishing the country’s first state arts council in North Carolina, helping create the American Council on the Arts, and serving as an advisor on the boards of more than 50 national, state, and local arts councils across the country.

Philip helped create the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and North Carolina School of the Arts in his hometown of Winston-Salem, NC and then worked consistently and effectively to publicize, promote, and increase their impacts nationwide. He was a founding member of the National Council on the Arts — the original distinguished group of experts advising the National Endowment for the Arts — and served on boards and committees of the National Museum of American Art, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto Festival, and scores of other distinguished arts organizations.

His awards and citations for his work in the arts are also numerous. He was presented the National Medal of Arts by President George H. W. Bush for his exceptional achievements on behalf of the arts in America, was awarded the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Founder’s Award, and received the Ralph J. Bunche International Medallion.

See a full list of Philip Hanes organizations and awards. 

Family Life & Career

Philip was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on February 25, 1926. His parents, DeWitt Chatham Hanes and Ralph Philip Hanes Sr., were patrons to the local community. Philip’s father even financed the restoration of Old Salem — a historic district of Winston-Salem that was originally settled by the Moravian community in 1753. In 1950, Philip married his first wife, Joan, who passed away in 1983. Philip later met Charlotte and the two were married in December of 1984.

Philip attended Woodberry Forest School and UNC Chapel Hill, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, and completed a training program with Spring Cotton Mills before returning to Winston-Salem in 1949 to begin his ascent up the corporate ladder of the Hanes Corporation — his family’s business. He learned the company from the ground up, eventually becoming CEO in 1964. During his time as CEO, he successfully oversaw the desegregation of the company’s facilities. Philip resigned as CEO from Hanes in 1976, but remained invested in the business as a chairman of the board and the second-largest stockholder.

In 2006 at the age of 80, Philip drew upon his vast life experience to write his first book, How to Get Anyone to do Anything. In 2011, Philip died at the age of 84 in his native Winston-Salem. His ashes were installed in the sculpture Conversations on the campus of University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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Organizations & Awards

Arts Organizations

Organization

Positions

Years

Winston-Salem Arts Council
Founder, Board Member
1949
Piedmont Festival
Board Member
1949 – 1950
Winston-Salem Arts Council
Vice-President, Personnel, Nominating, Development, Executive, Endowment & Long-Range-Planning Committees
1953 – 1964
Winston-Salem Symphony
Board Member, Development Committee
1955 – 1956
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
Founder, Board Member, Development & Nominating Committees
1956 – 1958
Hanes Community Center (Arts Council, United Fund, Chamber of Commerce)
Co Chair, Fund Drive
1957
John D. Rockefeller Arts Council dedication
Instigator
1958
Piedmont Opera
Founder, Vice President, Board Member
1958 – 1961
American Symphony Orchestra League
Founding Charter Member, Convention Committee, Development Committee
1958 – 1961
Arts and Crafts Association
Board Member
1958 – 1961
Little Theater
Board Member, Nominating, Development Committee
1958 – 1961
Tri-States Arts Council (VA, SC, NC)
Founder, Chairman of the Board
1959 – 1961
Film Friends
Board Member
1960 – 1962
American Council for the Arts (Now Americans for the Arts)
Founder, Vice President, President, Development & Nominations Committees, Chairman Convention Committee
1960 – 1969
Penland School of Crafts, Inc.
Advisor on Development
1960 – 1979
Salem College
Board Member, Arts Center Fund Drive Chair
1961 – 1964
National Cultural Center, Appointed by President Kennedy
Board Member
1962 – 1965
Conservatory Investigation Committee (Mayor’s appointment)
Founder, Chairman
1963 – 1964
Moravian Music Foundation
Board Member
1963 – 1965
North Carolina State Arts Council, Appointed by Governor Sanford
Founder, Chairman, Executive Committee
1964 – 1967
National Endowment for the Arts, Appointed by President Johnson
Founding Board Member, Music Panel
1965 – 1972
North Carolina School of the Arts, Appointed by Governors Sanford, Moore, Scott, Holshouser, and Hunt
Founder, Board Member, Nominating, Development, Executive Committees, Chairman, ‘63 Fund Drive, Founder, Board of Visitors
1966 – 1978
Barter Theater (State Theater of Virginia)
Board of Visitors
1967 – 1975
Jargon Society
President, Development Committee
1968 – 1999
Brevard School of Music
Board of Visitors
1969 – 1974
American Crafts Council
National Advisory Committee
1970 – 1972
Yale University
Founder, Chairman, Committee on Music
1970 – 1973
Walpole Society
Board Member
1970 – 1984
Yale University (Jonathan Edwards College)
Associate Fellow
1971 – 1974
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Life Fellow
1972
National Council of the Arts
Music Panel
1972 – 1974
American Heritage Dance Theatre (Agnes deMille)
Founding Board Member
1972 – 1975
Winterthur Museum
Board Member, Development Committee
1972 – 1977
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Appointed by President Ford
Board Member, Finance Committee; Director, Friends of the Kennedy Center; Trustee Emeritus
1975 – 1979
Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)
Board Member; Chairman, Develop. Comm.
1976
National Council for Arts & Education
Executive Committee
1976 – 1979
Alliance for Arts Education
Board Member
1976 – 1979
Business Committee for the Arts
Board Member
1976 – 1986
Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian)
Board Member
1976 – 1988
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, VA
Advisory Council on Arts
1977 – 1978
Pauline Koner Dance Consort
Advisory Board
1977 – 1985
Governor's Council on Business, Arts, and Humanities, Appointed by Governor Hunt
Founder, Board Member, Development Committee
1977 – 1986
Government of Austria
Consultant
1978
San Antonio, Texas
Consultant
1978
Government of Puerto Rico
Consultant
1978
National Assembly of Community Arts Agencies
Founder
1978
Salzburg Seminars in American Studies, Salzburg, Austria
Consultant
1978
WFDD-FM (National Public Radio)
Board Member
1978 – 1980
North Carolina Dance Theater
Board Development, Public Relations
1978 – 1981
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies
Board Member, Development Committee
1978 – 1982
Roger L. Stevens Center for the Performing Arts
Chairman, Fund Drive
1978 – 1987
International Council of the Museum of Modern Art
Board Member
1978 – 1994
Federal Reserve Bank of Washington, DC
Fine Arts Committee, Nominating Comm.
1979 – 1981
Spoleto Festival
Board Member, Development Committee
1979 – 1993
Cornell University, Graduate School of Business, Arts Administration Division
Advisory Council
1980 – 1981
Arts International Magazine
Founding Board Member
1981 – 1985
Performing Arts Review
Consulting Editor
1981 – 1986
Journal of Arts Management and Law
Consulting Editor
1981 – 1986
Art Economist
Editorial Advisory Board
1982 – 1986
Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia
Consultant
1983
Roanoke: The Voyages of John White - 3-hour TV series
Consultant
1984
International Committee of the New York City Ballet
Board Member
1984 – 1986
American Art Forum, Washington, DC
Founder/Chairman
1986 – 1988
Penland School of Crafts, Inc.
Honorary Board of Trustees
1988 –
Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian)
Advisory Committee
1988 – 2005
Arena Stage (Washington, DC)
Board of Directors, Development
1989 – 1992
Stevens Center Community Council
Founder, Chairman
1989 – 1998
Salzburg Seminar in American Studies
Senior Fellow
1997
Ambassadors for the Arts, NEA
Executive Committee
1999 –
Art Based Elementary School
Board Member
2000
Winston-Salem Commissioner of Cultural Affairs
Founder, Commissioner
2001 –
Piedmont Triad Entrepreneurial Network
2004 – 2007
Piedmont Triad Partnership
Advisory Board
2004 – 2007
Mint Museum (Charlotte)
Craft Advisory Committee
2004 – 2007
Design Center for Innovation
Founder
2005
Center for Design Innovation, Winston-Salem
Founder
2006
National Assoc. of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
Founder, Founders Society
2006
Obama National Arts Committee
Committee Member
2008
 
Arts Awards

Award

Years

Junior Chamber of Commerce, Young Man of the Year - Winston-Salem, NC
1958
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Young Man of the Year - North Carolina
1958
Winston-Salem Arts Council Award
1960
National Endowment of the Arts, Chairman’s Award
1966
Business Committee for the Arts
1966, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1981
North Carolina Public Service Award
1976
Morrison Award for the Arts (NC)
1977
Community Service Award, Winston-Salem Urban League
1979
North Carolina Society of New York Award
1979
Swan Award (TN)
1979
LHD, St. Andrews College
1981
National Governor's Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts
1982
North Carolina Award in Fine Arts
1982
Winston-Salem NAACP Award (two awards)
1983
Mule Collar Award - Yale University, Class of '49
1983
NC. Governor's Award in the Arts and Humanities
1985
DFA, North Carolina School of the Arts
1987
HHD, Wake Forest University
1990
National Medal of Arts (presented by President Bush)
1991
Piedmont Opera Theatre Award
1992
Giannini Award (NCSA)
1994
National Arts Club Tribute (NYC)
1995
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art - Leadership in the Arts Award
1998
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University
2001
Winston-Salem Chronicle
2002
Charlotte and Philip Hanes Student Commons Building, North Carolina School of the Arts
2003
The Winston-Salem Foundation Award
2003
Downtown Winston-Salem Excellence Award
2003
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies Founder’s Award
2005
National Endowment for the Arts Chairman’s Award
2005
Association of Fund Raising Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award
2005
Partners for Livable Places Entrepreneurial American Leadership Award
2007
Trent Lott Center Innovation Award
2008
Scott Cares Foundation Humanitarian Award
2008
Trent Lott Center Innovators Hall of Fame
2008
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans OPUS Award
2009
Named Most Influential People in the Triad by the Triad Business Journal
2009
Ralph J. Bunche International Medallion
2009
 
Conservation Organizations

Organization

Positions

Years

North Carolina Recreation Committee
Member
1962 – 1965
Stone Mountain Park & Preservation Committee
Founder & Vice Chairman
1968 – 1974
National Audubon Society
Board Member; Development, Nominating and Business Relations Committees
1972 – 1978
Appalachian Trail Conference
National Advisor
1973 – 1976
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Founding Board Member, Vice President
1974 – 1978
Isaac Walton League of America
Board Member; Founder of Board of Trustees; Nominating and Development
1974 – 1978
Nature Conservancy
Board Member; Development, Land Acquisition, Nominating, Corporate Relations
1975 – 1979
North Carolina Land Heritage Trust (became North Carolina Nature Conservancy)
Founder
1975 – 1980
Appalachian Highlands Association
National Advisor
1975 – 1980
American Land Trust
Board Member
1976 – 1984
NC Nature Conservancy
Co-Founder
1977
American Farmland Trust
National Advisory Committee
1983 – 1996
China Poot Bay Society, Alaska
Member
1988 – 1997
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - WHOI Corporation,
Development Committee
1994 – 1997
National Committee for the New River
Land Trust Committee, Board of Governors
1994 – 1999
Agri-Systems Research and Extension Network of North America -
Member, Founding Committee
1995
Blue Ridge Parkway
Council of Advisors
1999 –
New River (VA) Blueway
Initiator
2002
Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust
Advisory Board
2003 –
The H.J. Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
Board Member
2004 – 2006
Land Trust Alliance
National Council
2008 –
Conservation Trust for N.C.
Honorary Director
2008 –
 
Conservation Awards

Award

Years

The North Carolina & National Wildlife Federation Award for Preservation of Natural Areas
1969
The Gulf Oil and Isaac Walton League of America Conservation Award
1982
Named Honorary North Carolina Park Ranger by Naturalist
1990
Named Honorary Commander of the USS North Carolina
1998
National Committee for the New River
2010
 
Other Organizations

Organization

Positions

Years

Young Presidents Organization
1956 – 1975
Winston-Salem Total Development Committee
Vice Chairman
1960 – 1962
Salem College and Academy
Trustee
1961 – 1964
Salem College, Arts Center Fund Drive
Vice Chairman
1965
Sparta Memorial Hospital
Trustee
1965
Chatham Memorial Hospital
Trustee
1966
Forsyth Economic Development Corporation
Director
1969 – 1971
J.W. and A.H. Hanes Foundation
Director
1974 –
Old Salem, Inc.
Development Committee, Board Member
1974 – 1977
Chief, Executives Forum
Member
1975 – 1977
Southeastern Council on Foundations
Member
1975 – 1980
Zipping Z 777 Society
Member
1976 –
World Presidents Council
Member
1976 – 1978
North Carolina Society of New York Resident
Advisory Board
1985
Ut Prosim Society (VA Polytechnic Institute)
Member
1993
Ordine Dei Cavalieri Del Raviolo E Del Cortese
1994
Year of the Mountains Commission, (Appointed by Governor Hunt)
1995
Special Olympics World Games
Chairman’s cabinet
1998 – 1999
 
Clubs
Listed in:
Bohemian Club
Cane River Fishing
Commonwealth Club of California (CA)
Confriere de la Chaine des Rotisseurs
Currituck Shooting Club
High Meadows Golf and Country Club
Metropolitan (WA)
Peale (PA)
Piedmont Club
Roaring Gap Club
Twin City Club
Yale, Century, Lotos (NY)
International Directory of Distinguished Leadership
Who’s Who in 20th Century America
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America