Arrel Toews Retirement Reception

Please join us in a celebrating the retirement of Dr. Arrel Toews, Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics, who served UNC for 37 years (1977-2014).

Arrel Toews, PhD
Arrel Toews, PhD
“Throughout my life, beginning at a very early age, I have always tried to be a good and perpetual student myself – always seeking to know and understand both old and new things in the world around me, and then to help others understand them as well.  It has been a remarkable journey for me thus far, and I will of course continue that during my subsequent years after retirement from UNC.” - Arrel

Friday, September 5 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM
at the
Horace Williams House

 610 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514  Google Directions:

Venue: The only historic home open to the public in Chapel Hill. The Horace Williams House was built circa 1840 and to this day retains its original pine floorboards, mantel, and window surrounds. The house's Octagon Room was built sometime between 1852 and 1855. The local story was that it's believed that as a bee's honeycomb provided maximum strength in nature, so it would in a building. The local people called it the "Hexagon House." Horace Williams, a UNC Philosophy professor, was the last private owner of the house. He bought it in 1897 for $1450. The Horace Williams House serves as the headquarters of Preservation Chapel Hill, and as a cultural center for the entire community. For this event, food and drinks will be served inside the house and guests may gather and mingle on the grounds. Announcements will be made outside on the grounds (rain or shine) between 4:40-5:00pm

Directions: Program your device with this google map link ( The house is on the corner of Rosemary and Glenburnie. The entrance from the parking lot faces Rosemary St. The entrance to the main door and the grounds faces Franklin St. Signs will be posted on both Franklin and Rosemary. The house is easily accessible from buslines on Chapel Hill Transit D and F lines; and Triangle Transit 400 and 405 that stop at the corner of Boundary and Franklin.

Parking: Two lots are reserved at the venue site (available parking for 40 cars). Street parking is available on the same side of the house for an additional 5 vehicles parked perpendicular to Rosemary St and on the other side another 5-6 vehicles may fit parked parallel to Rosemary. All these spaces have been reserved for the event, but are still first come, first serve.