Longtime Elon faculty member Buck McGregor passes away

McGregor, who retired from teaching full-time at Elon in 2011, taught accounting in the undergraduate and MBA programs for 21 years.

Calvert “Buck” McGregor Jr., who taught in the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business for more than two decades, has died.

Calvert “Buck” McGregor Jr.

An associate professor emeritus, McGregor taught accounting in Elon’s undergraduate and MBA programs for 21 years, serving as chair of the Department of Accounting for eight years.

McGregor entered the accounting profession following in the footsteps of his father, C.C. McGregor, who in 1930 founded an accounting firm in South Carolina that would grow to become one of the largest firms in the state. However, he decided that academics afforded a better career path for him.

McGregor came to Elon in 1990 after completing his doctoral dissertation at Virginia Tech in 1985 and then teaching at the University of South Carolina, his alma mater. “Elon was looking for a professor, I interviewed and was invited to come to Elon, and I never looked back,” McGregor said when he retired in 2011.

During his time at Elon, among his other accomplishments, he served on the committee that developed the revised general studies program that changed most of Elon’s courses from three to four credit hours. “It set up an environment to enhance student engagement, which is now a big part of what Elon is known for,” McGregor said in 2011.

After retiring from full-time teaching, McGregor continued to teach part-time for Elon’s MBA program.

He is survived by his beloved wife Audrey, their son Bob, their granddaughter Patelynn Helena McGregor, his sister Molly McGregor Jones, nieces Margaret Garvin, Catherine Swaim, Sarah McGregor, and Joanne Morton, nephews Ellison Jones, George Jones, and Peter McGregor, cousins, and many other relatives and friends.

No public funeral or visitation is currently planned. Donations may be made to Hillsborough Presbyterian Church (PO Box 717, Hillsborough, NC 27278), Elon University (Office of University Advancement, 2600 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244, and designate the Calvert C. and Margaret H. McGregor Scholarship fund), or Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM), (300 Millstone Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278).

McGregor’s full obituary is available here.