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Cavin, Former Durham Mayor, Dies

Posted June 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— After a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, former Durham Mayor Wade L. Cavin died Sunday at a local nursing home. He was 82.

Cavin served as mayor from 1975-79. He had been a council member since 1969.

As founder of a profitable office supply business, Cavin was a benefactor of the University of North Carolina. He had arrived at the university during the depression from his Troutman home with $1.05 in his pocket.

Always grateful for the difference the university played in his life, Cavin included Carolina in his will and created an insurance policy that benefits the university.

Cavin is survived by a son, Winston. Another son, Wade L. Cavin Jr., died in a car accident in 1964 at the age of 19. Cavin's wife Jean died in 1989.

Funeral services have been tentatively set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Durham. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 p.m. at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home at 1113 W. Main St.