Opened in 1995, these two adjoining buildings house research centers at the School of Medicine. They are named in recognition of D. Jones "Doc" Thurston Jr. and Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles Jr. Thurston was a graduate of UNC's School of Engineering in the 1930s (before the program closed) and built a successful trucking company. He donated funds in support of arthritis research at Carolina. "Skipper" Bowles was a prominent business leader and politician and was the father of UNC System president Erskine Bowles. Skipper Bowles was a leading fund-raiser for the university, helping secure private donations toward the Dean Smith Center and funding research on alcoholism.