John Decatur Messick

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John Decatur Messick
John Decatur Messick.jpg
Messick pictured in The Buccaneer 1948, East Carolina yearbook
President of the
East Carolina Teachers College
In office
1947–1959
Preceded by Dennis Hargrove Cooke
Succeeded by Leo Warren Jenkins
Personal details
Born (1897-11-09)November 9, 1897
near Aurora, North Carolina
Died October 3, 1993(1993-10-03) (aged 95)
Wilmington, North Carolina

John Decatur Messick (November 9, 1897 – October 3, 1993) was the fifth president of what is now East Carolina University. He was born on November 9, 1897, near Aurora, North Carolina. He graduated from Elon College in 1922. He then went to summer school to complete graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1934, he earned a Ph.D. degree from New York University.

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