Ruby Vann Crumpler McSwain

McSwain, a Sanford resident, is one of North Carolina’s leading business owners and philanthropists. She has been instrumental to the growth of many programs at NC State’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, including the public education building at the JC Raulston Arboretum, which will be named in her honor. In 1997, she donated 300 acres and a historic house in Sanford to establish the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service's Lee County Center. She is also a major benefactor of the North Carolina Museum of Art