David Stick, 1937
Accomplished writer and public servant
For his accomplishments as a writer and public servant, Vermont Academy honors David Stick, a 1937 graduate, with the Florence Sabin Distinguished Alumni Award.
Stick has also received the University of North Carolina’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. Before and during his time at Vermont Academy, Stick spent summers working for newspapers. At the University of North Carolina, he focused his energy on the school paper and on his work as the Director of the North Carolina Scholastic Press Institute. Despite his hard working nature, Stick left school before graduating and hitchhiked around the country, writing along the way. Stick continued to write, and worked as a political beat reporter in North Carolina, for a noted Washington radio commentator during President Roosevelt’s news conferences, and then as a Marine Corps correspondent during World War II. He was Associate Editor of American Legion Magazine in New York after the war.
Since the ’40s, he has been in North Carolina writing books, including a dozen on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, operating a variety of businesses, and working in public service. Stick led a movement for better libraries in the state, and helped develop the coastal zone management program – efforts publicly recognized by the State Supreme Court Justice.