Longtime USC Upstate friend and supporter MacFarlane “Mac” Cates, 93, died May 2 at his home in Spartanburg. Cates, a native of Spartanburg, rose to become CEO of textile manufacturer Arkwright Mills in Spartanburg, a role he held until his retirement. He was also was past president of the South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association; past president of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute; and a member of many professional and nonprofit boards, including the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Foundation, C&S Bank, Spartan Mills, United Way, Spartanburg County Foundation, and Spartanburg Regional Medical Center Foundation.
Cates gave generously to many organizations in the community, including USC Upstate. His support included:
- The Cates Chancellor’s Scholarship, providing need-based financial aid to a full-time student who is a graduate of a South Carolina high school and has at least a 3.0 GPA;
- The Josh Lee Memorial Scholarship, established by the family of the late Josh Lee to benefit a student-athlete on the cross country/track and field team with at least a 3.0 GPA;
- The Jacob’s Challenge Scholarship (now the Impact Education Scholarship), established to provide funding for education students from underrepresented groups;
- The USC Upstate Fund.