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Edward William Back, Jr.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On February 5, 2018 @ 10:54 am In Durham,Obituaries | 3 Comments

Edward William Back, Jr. passed away peacefully Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Forest at Duke. He was born August 5, 1926 in Cincinnati, the son of Edward W. Back and Marcella Trimbur Back. He grew up in Cincinnati, served in the US Army during WW2 and then completed his college education at Xavier University, graduating cum laude in Mathematics and Physics.

Ed is survived by his wife Betty ZurSchmiede Back, with whom he celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary last Fall, and his daughters Mary Susan Back and Carolyn Elizabeth Back; his two grandsons William Hunter Durst and David Cameron Durst, whom he treasured and who treasured him; as well as nieces and nephews and their families living in many parts of the county. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Edward William Back III(Ned), and his granddaughter, Mary Katherine Durst.

Ed began his banking career in Cincinnati with Provident Bank, and while there completed the three year program of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Later after moving to Durham he completed an Executive Program in Banking at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

In 1963 he began his career with Central Carolina Bank and Trust Company (now part of Suntrust Bank) which spanned over twenty-five years. His vision and realization of the expansion of the bank resulted in its growth throughout a large portion of North Carolina. Ed was the Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Chief Operation Officer, and member of the Board of Directors of Central Carolina Bank.

He was one of two founding members of Goodwill Industries here in Durham and remained as a guide and mentor for a number of years as the organization grew. After retirement Ed was active with the Triangle Community Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and various consulting projects.

Ed and Betty enjoyed traveling here and abroad, as well as their home away from home in Pine Knoll Shores, especially when all of the family gathered there. Running on the beach, tennis, tending to his yard and golfing were dearly loved activities over the years.

He was a member of the Durham Rotary Club, Hope Valley Country Club, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. The family wishes to thank the nursing staff of the Forest at Duke for their devoted care these last number of years.

There will be a Memorial Service for Ed at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, on Thursday, February 8th at 10:30 am. The Reverend Robert Kaynor, Rector, Celebrant. A reception will follow at the Parish Hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in his memory to Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina, 4808 Chin Page Road, Durham NC 27703.


Condolences for the family of “Edward William Back, Jr.”

Condolence from Clay A Chandler on February 6th, 2018 2:04 pm

Dear Sue & Family;

I am saddened to hear of your father’s passing. I worked with him at Central Carolina Bank several years ago. He was a true leader in the banking industry and in the Durham community. Ed did so many things in Durham . We served on several committees through out the years and he continued to give of his time and talents. He was also a wonderful Hope Valley neighbor for many years.

My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family .

Condolence from Diana Bangert on February 6th, 2018 2:08 pm

Betty, Sue, Carolyn & Ned. Rick & I do offer you our deepest sympathies. Yet we realize after all these years at the Forest, it was his time to pass on & be at peace without suffering. I have many fond memories of summer visits with the Backs & remember his devotion to his family & his roses! He taught me many things by his example. By his confident presence, I always envisioned him as ( Yule Brenner’s King…. King & I). And dear Uncle Ed never abdicated that role. Rest well….

Condolence from Louise Power (formerly Anderson) on March 4th, 2018 2:55 am

I am greatly saddened to learn of the passing of a wonderful family friend of many, many decades (to my late parents -Hugh and Jean Anderson-dad taught at Duke for some 10 years before returning to his native Scotland and to my immediate family) I, Louise Power, (formerly Anderson) had the great fortune to be born in Durham, NC and this due purely to my folks setting off to America from Scotland in the late 1950’s where dad took up the post of Divinity at Duke University. We were greatly privileged to find ourselves living in a home opposite the Back family in Hope Valley, Durham and there began a glorious friendship.
We visited Ed and Betty in 2003 (the year my father died) and John Power (now my husband) and I had a wonderful time and were given their inimitable and brilliant hospitality. Much reminiscing and Ed managed to get John (somewhat of a Cockney couch potato back then) out on to the Hope Valley “circuit” to jog. Ed was amazingly fit and athletic and put us to shame back then. Incredibly fit and active and Ed and Betty both possessed great genius of thought and mind. As youngsters I recall when I stayed over at the Backs. ( I am sure that Ned, Sue and the young Scottish Louise could be quite raucous and unmanageable at times) Ed didn’t tolerate misbehaviour but the sterner side of his personality was coupled with a much more benign and compassionate one.
I know in his heyday in the banking world Ed was unquestionably, a superb dynamic and forward -thinking force with all things related to the industry.
My late parents used to quote Browning ““Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be, the last of life, for which the first was made” and there is no doubt that Betty and Ed were made for one another
But perhaps a little closer to home (for we are resident in Scotland now since our return from the USA) is a quote from Scotlands’ own bard and I am sure Betty and Sue and Carolyn and family will join with me in the words of Burns “and I will love thee still my dear, till a’ the seas gang dry”
I apologise Betty for having not kept in touch but for now we have glorious and wonderful cherished memones of yesteryears with your family. We were totally shocked to learn of Ned’s death.
John and Louise Power (late Jean and Hugh Anderson) and Kenneth Anderson – Bonnie Scotland
Yours aye

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