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Neil McGill was born on November 24, 1913, in Raeford, North Carolina. Soon after his birth the family moved to Charlotte, and there he graduated from Central High School. During World War II McGill served in Naval Intelligence. He was discharged from the Intelligence Division as a Senior Grade Lieutenant in 1946 and began managing the Carolina Theatres in Greensboro and Charlotte. He was present when the theatres moved from segregated services to integrated services. McGill eventually retired from the Plitt Theatres Group, owners of the two theatres where he worked. He was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and Charlotte’s First Presbyterian Church. McGill died on September 17, 1988, at the age of 74.