VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Macon Brock Jr., one of the co-founders of Dollar Tree, has died. He was 75.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Brock was described as "one of the most successful businessmen in Hampton Roads, but also a very kind and generous man who wanted to make a difference in his community" by those close to him.

Brock was the CEO of Dollar Tree, a store that initially started as a drug store, from 1993 to 2003.

He had been chairman of the board since 2001.

Brock also served as the chairman on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater, Randolph-Macon College.

Harry Lester, chair of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Board of Trustees, said Brock and his wife were responsible for the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach.

The couple also helped with the creation of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Virginian-Pilot stated in its obituary on Brock.

"Macon and Joan made the Brock Center happen for all the right reasons. CBF will ever be indebted to them. Macon was an all-star regarding the environment," Lester said.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation President, William C. Baker, issued this statement in regards to Brock passing:

Macon and Joan Brock have been generous friends of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for years and close personal friends of mine, CBF staff, and trustees. The Brocks’ dedication to the Bay led them to make a leadership gift to help us build the award-winning Brock Environmental Center, an inspiration to all who visit it. Macon will be missed, but never forgotten. He was a towering influence on all who knew and loved him. Our hearts go out to Joan and his children and extended family.”