James Middleton Cowan ’40, of Vero Beach, Fla., and formerly of Macon, Ga., died Dec. 21. He was born in Apex, N.C. on Dec. 28, 1917, to George and Stella Cowan. He attended Mars Hill College, received his B.S. degree in history from Davidson College, and his master’s of education in physical education from the University of North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy in World War II and the Korean War and retired from the U.S. Naval Reserve as a captain. He taught physical education and coached at Mars Hill College and Mercer University, where he also coached men’s basketball and track. After coaching, he was vice president of a large credit life insurance company in Georgia until his retirement. He was inducted into the Mars Hill College Athletic Hall of Fame, the Mercer University Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Macon Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a member and a deacon emeritus of Vineville Baptist Church in Macon. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace Funderburk Cowan, 1317 Shoreline Cir., Sebastian, Fla. 32958-8813; two daughters, Kay Clarke and Jamie Lunsford (David); two grandchildren, Dr. Jonathan Sams (Jennifer) and Dr. (Captain) Melinda Sams; and great-grandson, Jonathan Sams, Jr. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Diane Sams.
William Porter Boyle ’41 of Black Mountain, N.C., and formerly of Decatur, Ga., died in Asheville on Dec. 14. Bill was born in Brazil to missionary parents and came to the U.S. when he was five years old. He grew up in Virginia and graduated from Davidson College, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and from Union Theological Seminary (Presbyterian) in Richmond, Va. After a four-year pastorate in Ashe County, N.C., he went to Japan with his family to serve as a missionary. Upon returning to the U.S., he became a pastoral counselor and a supervisor in clinical pastoral education. He was a diplomat in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. After retirement in 1993, he served as parish associate at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, which he called his “heart’s home church.” Loving the mountains, he and his wife moved to Black Mountain, N.C., where he happily spent his last four years. Bill was a man of integrity, had a subtle and caring sense of humor and a dry wit until the day he died, and was kind and considerate of everyone. He found his greatest joy in his family. He is survived by his devoted wife, Ella Banks Weathers Boyle, 214 Pine St., Black Mountain, N.C. 28711; and their four sons, William, Jr. ’68 (Linda), Jack (Susan), David (Ruth), and Don, and their children.
John “Casey” Raymond Jones ’41, of Atlanta, Ga., passed away on Dec. 31. After graduating from Davidson College, he attended Harvard Business School until enlisting in the U.S. Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He completed his M.B.A. at Wharton Business School after World War II. Casey went on to become a certified public accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co. until his retirement in 1987. He then served as an associate professor on the faculty of the Emory University Business School and a faculty advisor to Beta Alpha Psi, an accounting fraternity. After retiring from Emory, he served as the chairman of the Georgia State Board of Accountancy. Casey was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church for 54 years, where he served as a deacon and later as an elder. He served as a class secretary at Davidson College, as well as volunteering for a number of Class of ’41 reunions. In addition to his involvement in several other civic and professional organizations, Casey was a loyal supporter of Families First and its predecessor organizations, active in the Mt. Paran Northside Civic Association, a former trustee of Trinity School, and a leader for many years in the Georgia Society of CPAs, where he was a mentor to generations of younger accountants. He is survived by his wife, Vivian Tucker Jones,162 Maribeau Sq. N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30327; his son, John Raymond Jones, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; and his niece, Barbara Compton Smith, of Virginia Beach, Va.
William Harris McReynolds, Jr. ’41, of Santa Rosa, Calif., died Dec. 8 in Sebastopol, Calif. “Bill” was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Clarksville. The Marine Corps introduced him to Texas and following World War II, he made Fort Worth his home. Bill attended Davidson College in North Carolina where he played on the golf team and joined Phi Gamma Delta. When he graduated, he already had his pilot’s license from Civilian Pilot Training Program, and he joined the Marines. After receiving training in flying transport planes at the American Airlines School in Fort Worth, Tex., Bill served in the South Pacific for two years. He flew in and out of many places in the war, including Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia, and Australia, and he landed the first unarmed American transport plane in the Solomon Islands. He stayed in the Marine Reserves for over 20 years, and retired as a lieutenant colonel. After the war, Bill flew for Braniff; however, his main occupation was selling packaging, first for Container Corporation, then as part owner of Packaging, Inc., and later, as a representative for Arrow Industries. In 1979, Bill was honored by the National Ice Association as “Man of the Year” for his work developing a polyethylene film for packaging ice. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Maxine McReynolds, 1393 Tilton Rd., Sebastopol, Calif. 95472. They met on a blind date and knew instantly that they had found the right person, marrying on Oct. 18, 1947. He is also survived by his two daughters: Cynthia McReynolds of Sebastopol, Calif., and Osha Breez (formerly known as Barbara McReynolds) of Pahoa, Hawaii. They happily shared many experiences, including enjoying their five grandchildren, golfing, touring the U.S. and Canada in their motor home, skiing (Bill) and needle pointing (Maxine), yard work and home improvement projects, dancing, and loving each other through thick and thin. Bill was a handsome, charming gentleman with a wry sense of humor and a generous, devoted heart. One way we will remember Bill and Maxine both is by visiting the bench he put in the parkway near their home in Fort Worth to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary. The plaque with the bench says, “To Maxine, from the Luckiest Guy in world—Bill McReynolds.”
The Rev. Homer L. Good, Sr. ’43 passed away Jan. 4 at Britthaven of Kernersville. He was born Oct. 25, 1913, in Washington County, Tenn., to the late Rev. John and Nancy Caroline Price Good. The Rev. Good graduated from Davidson College with a liberal arts degree. He received an associate degree in pastoral counseling from the School of Pastoral Care of N.C. Baptist Hospital in 1961. He led the movement of relocating First Baptist Church of Kernersville from Main Street to its present location on Oakhurst Street. He served on the General Board of the N.C. State Baptist Convention and on the board of directors of the American Red Cross. The Rev. Good pastored Cornelius Baptist Church in Cornelius and Stony Point Baptist Church in Stony Point. He was named pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church in Kernersville after his retirement. He also served as interim pastor for numerous Baptist churches in the area. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Karriker Good, and his son, Richard E. “Rick” Good, Sr. Surviving are two daughters, Caroline Gentry (Marvin) of King, and Lydia Fitzgerald (Bud), 251 Catlin Ln., Kernersville, N.C. 27284; a son, H.L. “Bud” Good of Fort Mill, S.C.; six grandchildren, Jim Camp, Jennifer Martin, Curt Fitzgerald, Kristen Hendrix, and John and Rick Good; two step-grandchildren, Ted Gentry and Priscilla Wood; and a brother, Buford Good of Johnson City, Tenn.
Dr. Clarence Sedberry Olive ’44, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Aug. 2. He was born in Fayetteville on Nov. 27, 1920, to the late Ruth Sedberry Olive and Dr. Robert Milton Olive Sr. Dr. Olive graduated from Oak Ridge Military Academy, attended Davidson College, and graduated from Wake Forest University. He graduated from the Dental School of the University of Maryland in Baltimore and did postgraduate work in oral surgery at the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served as a captain in the Air Force in the Korean War. He returned to Fayetteville to practice dentistry with his father and continued his practice after Dr. Olive, Sr. retired. He practiced dentistry in Fayetteville for 43 years with care, compassion, and humor for all of his patients. He was a member of the American Dental Association and the North Carolina Dental Association. He was a lifetime member of Hay Street United Methodist Church, where he served on various boards and committees and as a Sunday school teacher for many years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Magerstadt Olive, 1805 Lakeshore Dr., Fayetteville, N.C. 28305-5240; two sons, George Hunter Olive (Mary Erwin) and Winston Magerstadt Olive (Renee); a daughter, Therese Ann Cherry (James); six grandchildren, Robert Sisk Olive (Shelby), George Sedberry Olive, Edith Ann Olive, Copeland Craig Cherry, Allison Magerstadt Olive, and Austin Hood Olive; and one great-granddaughter, Emily Kathryn Olive.
The Rev. John L. Fain, Jr. ’44, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Feb. 11. Born in Faceville, Ga., he was the son of the late John L. Fain, Sr. and Clyde Wilson. He attended Columbia Bible College, Columbia, S.C., and Davidson College. He graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga., in 1946 and was ordained a minister of the gospel in the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (PCUS). He was later received into the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination. He served the Lord as a pastor for more than 50 years in numerous pastorates in Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Florida. He also served his Lord as a full-time evangelist and Bible teacher for more than 20 years, speaking in churches throughout the U.S. and in many foreign countries. While pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Hendersonville, he wrote He Restoreth My Soul, a book based on the 23rd Psalm. He was honorably retired by the Mississippi Valley Presbytery (PCA) in 1983. Following his retirement, he continued as stated supply pastor to a number of churches and in evangelism and Bible-teaching ministry. He was married for 43 years to the former Mary Lee Caldwell of Salisbury, who died in 1984. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda (Watson). He married the former Charlotte Eshleman of Baltimore in 1985. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Charlotte E. Fain, 229 Lakewood Cir., Hendersonville, N.C. 28739; daughters, Suzanne (Levi), Judy (Hodges), and Jan (Anderson); and a son, The Rev. Dr. John L. Fain III. He is survived by 20 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. His life as a pastor, teacher, evangelist, and counselor has affected many thousands of people. He loved the Word of God, preached the Word, and by God's grace lived the Word.
Ronald S. Jamieson ’45 departed this life on Dec. 27 at home, with his loving wife and family next to him. Ronald was the husband of Marjorie Mettler Jamieson, with whom he shared 43 years of marriage until she preceded him in death in 1985. In 1996 he married Margaret Benson Jamieson, 2005 Brassfield Rd., Greensboro, N.C. 27410-2157; and they shared 11 years together. Born on Jan. 15, 1922, in Mendham, N.J., Ronald was one of four sons of the late James Jamieson, a Methodist minister, of Sandess, Shetland Islands, Scotland, and Alice Landgraf Jamieson from Brooklyn, N.Y. Being the son of a minister, his family moved from church to church in New Jersey, and he attended seven grammar schools and three high schools, finally settling in Greensboro, N.C. While attending Greensboro Senior High School, he was active in sports: was first baseman and pitcher on the baseball team, played basketball and football, and was a member of the track team. He received invitations to try out for the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, and Philadelphia Athletics, but he was never able to join due to his enlistment in the U.S. Navy. He served on active duty for eight years as a first class petty officer pharmacist mate. Ronald attended Duke University and Davidson College and graduated with honors from Guilford College in Greensboro in 1949 with a bachelor of arts in economics. He became associated with the Jamieson Insurance Agency in Hackettstown and Blairstown as an independent agent, later becoming owner until his retirement in 1992. He was appointed to the board of directors of Portland National Bank (now PNC Bank) in 1958. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Greensboro; served nine years as a Board of Visitors member of Davidson College; was a member of the American Legion; Veteran of Foreign Wars; and a lifetime member of the American Forestry Association, as well as various civic and social organizations. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Ronald S. Jamieson II of Waynesville, N.C.; James M. Jamieson Orange, Calif.; two daughters, Karen J. Ipek of Atlanta and Meredith J. Renz of Greensboro; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four stepsons; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren. His brothers, Robert, Herbert, and James Jamieson, preceded him in death.
The Rev. Charles Keith Sink ’49, chaplain (Col.) retired U.S. Army, died June 15 at Blue Ridge Healthcare Center in Raleigh, N.C. He was born Apr. 1, 1928, in Davidson County to the late Charles Edgar and Myrtis Sink. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Sink. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Maxine Baker Sink, 4301 Boxwood Rd., Raleigh, N.C. 27612; a son, Michael Keith Sink (Judy) of Dallas, Tex.; and four grandchildren, Brian, Eric, and Megan of Charlotte and Jack of Dallas, Tex. Chaplain Sink attended Lexington Schools and graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in psychology and was commissioned as Second Lt. in the ROTC Program. He was deferred for three years to attend Lancaster Seminary in Lancaster, Pa., and was transferred from the Infantry Division to the chaplaincy. After being stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., he was sent to Korea as chaplain to the Fifth Regimental Combat Team. He returned to the states in 1955 and was stationed at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and Maryland. He pastored Emanuel Reform Church in Thomasville, N.C., before returning to serve his country. In 1961 he was sent to Vietnam, and while serving overseas, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, Occupation Award for service in Berlin and National Defense Medal, Korea Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Award, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Award, two Reserve Officers Awards and Korea Presidential Citation. He was selected to attend chaplain school in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the American Institute of Family Relations in Los Angeles, Calif. After retirement, he served as interim pastor at Community United Church of Christ in Raleigh and New Hope United Church of Christ in Louisburg. After his interim service he worked with Veterans Group and became adjutant for the American Legion until he retired in 1988. He had a great love for people and veterans and stayed active until he became disabled in February 2005.
Dr. William Everett Boyd, Sr. ’50, retired pediatrician from the Norfolk area, died Dec. 18, at his home in Eagle Rock, Va. He was a member of the founding board of the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, Norfolk; a past president of the Tidewater Pediatric Society; and an associate professor of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He attended Norfolk schools, where he lettered in football under Coach William Storey. He served in the 8th AF 453rd Heavy Bombardment Group in World War II, and was a POW in Germany. Following the war, he attended Davidson College, where he was all-Southern football, again under Coach Storey. He attended The College of William and Mary and the Medical College of Virginia. He took pediatric residency at DePaul Hospital, Norfolk, and The Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He nurtured and cared for children for more than 30 years in the greater Norfolk area, and also the Outer Banks and Wanchese, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Daisy Jens Boyd, 5152 McKinney Hollow Rd., Eagle Rock, Va. 24085; a son, Dr. William E. Boyd, Jr. ’78 of Clifton Forge, his wife Miriam Shearer Boyd ’80, and their three children, Kevin (Danielle), Melanie, and Andrew; and a daughter, Susan Boyd Moore (Lee) and children, Adriana and Sam, of Richmond. Also surviving are his sister, Jean McIntyre Lacy (Ben) of Front Royal; his brother, Robert Boyd (Sara) of Norfolk; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Drs. Oscar “Buzz” and Barbara Boyd.
Boyce David Kendall ’50 passed away Feb. 1 in San Antonio, Tex., surrounded by his loving family and the music of his favorite jazz artist, Bill Evans. Boyce was born Apr. 29, 1929, to the late Karle M. and Mary Sue Cox Kendall. He is lovingly known as “Daddy” to his daughters, Catherine Kendall Herrera (Edward) of Houston, Tex., Barbara “Bobbi” Kendall Stelzle (Scott) of Templeton, Calif., and Patricia Kendall of Lexington, Va. He will be dearly missed by his adoring grandchildren, Carolyn Herrera, Logan Head, Jake Stelzle, Christopher Sawyer, Ashley Garrett, and Tyler Garrett; his sister, Bettye “Suzy” Kendall of Boca Chica, Panama; niece, Paige Fossett; nephew, Ian Dunsmore; and his wonderful friend and companion, Lois “Kate” Reel of San Antonio, and her daughter, Susan Lynton, and family. Boyce graduated with honors from Texas Military Institute and magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College. He did postgraduate work at the University of Texas, Emory University, and on scholarship at the University of London. A Korean War hero, he became a professor of English specializing in 18th century satire and 17th century prose and poetry, a real estate broker, and an accomplished jazz pianist. His lively, intellectual wit delighted all who knew him.
Dr. Thomas Hoke Allen ’51 passed away peacefully at a local hospital in Birmingham, Ala., on Nov. 29 after complications from a stroke. He was surrounded by family and friends. Tom was born on Jan. 3, 1929, in Kernersville, N.C., to Walser Haddon Allen and Nannette Ramsaur Allen. Although losing sight in one eye as a child, he was not inhibited from his future medical pursuits. He attended Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, Va., and went on to Davidson College, where he earned top honors. Pursuit of a career in medicine took him to Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, where he was class president. He completed his medical internship at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and then served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander in the Medical Corps on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hancock. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, he returned to Birmingham for surgical residency. He completed a fellowship in thoracic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Tom went into private practice as a thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon, a practice that would be enjoyed for nearly 40 years. Dedicated to his patients and the mentorship of younger doctors, he served as president of the Jefferson County Medical Society and on the board of Brookwood Hospital. Tom played tennis and often hosted touring pros as they came through Birmingham. Beginning as a teenager playing the trumpet, his life-long passion was jazz. Tom was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Christine Breilein Allen, the mother of his three children. He is survived by his second wife, Ora P. Allen, 3108 Karl Daly Rd., Birmingham, Ala. 35210; children, David M. Allen, Catherine A. Walsh (Tom), and Christine A. Marsh (Sam); grandchildren, Thomas Spencer Walsh and Isabella Christine Marsh; siblings, The Reverend Walser H. Allen and Dr. Mary Barbara Allen; nieces, Dr. Anne Allen and Nancy Carlton; nephews, Hadden Allen and Jonathon Allen; and cousins, Sam Allen and Connie Kendrick.
Dr. Harry Lothrop Powe, Jr. ’51 died Oct. 2. Born in Cheraw, S.C., he was the son of the late Harry L. and Mamie Davis Powe. He was a graduate of Davidson College and received his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. He was a director of industrial research for Goulston. He enjoyed golf and bird watching. Surviving are his wife, Ann Stafford Powe, Box 25312, Charlotte, N.C. 28212; a son, Harry L. Powe III; a daughter, Betsy Ann Powe; a son-in-law, Douglas C. Tippens; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Victor Grainger Taylor ’52, of Wilmington, N.C., died Feb. 7 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He was born in Wilmington Nov. 26, 1931, the son of the late Walker and Fannie Grainger Taylor. Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth English Avera Taylor, 407 Bradley Creek Point, Wilmington, N.C. 28403; daughter, Elizabeth English Taylor; daughter Frances Taylor Andrews (Philip) and children, Catherine Reston, James Cody, and Wilson Taylor Andrews and Phil’s son, John P. Andrews, Jr.; son, Alexander Reston Taylor; son, Victor G. Taylor ’83 (Lori) and son, Victor G. Taylor III; a brother, Walker Taylor III ’48; and a sister, Frances T. Katz. Victor graduated from New Hanover High School and Davidson College. He entered the U.S. Navy through Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and served the next three years as a bridge-watch officer aboard a destroyer and an aircraft carrier in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean fleets. He was the first commanding officer of the Wilmington based minesweeper, U.S.S. Plover, and later retired as a captain (USNR). He served for eight years on the New Hanover County Board of Education, as a trustee of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center, and as a mentor in “Crossroads,” an inner city tutorial program. He was a volunteer in the Good Shepherd Second Helpings program. He served as a lay minister, Sunday school teacher, and senior warden at St. Andrew’s-On-the-Sound Episcopal Church. Victor was a past commodore of the Carolina Yacht Club and had raced sailboats for over 40 years. He had been a senior tennis doubles champion at Cape Fear Country Club and played baseball in the Old Cape Fear League in the early 1950s. He worked for the International Nickel Company’s corrosion laboratory for 17 years. He joined Tideland Signal Corporation as manager of East Coast and Caribbean sales. He retired in 1996 as vice president and continued as a consultant to the company.
Henry George Thomas ’53 died after a long illness at Calvary Hospital in Larchmont, N.Y., on Dec. 30. He was born Sept. 25, 1931, to the late May and Henry Thomas of Charlotte, N.C. He graduated from Central High School in 1949. George was a student at Mars Hill College, and following service in the Navy, he went on to graduate from Davidson College. He also enjoyed gardening and music. He was married to Dona Lucas of Larchmont, N.Y., where he settled and had a successful career in the food industry. He was a member of both the Larchmont Avenue Church in New York and Convenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. He spent many wonderful summers at his cottage in Northfield, Mass., with his family and dog, Buck. George also enjoyed Davidson College basketball. He is survived by his wife, Dona L. Thomas, 4 Elkan Rd., Larchmont, N.Y. 10538-3303; his son, James (Lauren), and children, Sadie and Jake, of Dartmouth, Mass.; his daughter, Susan of Larchmont, N.Y.; his brother, Tony (Judy) of Concord, N.C.; his niece, Evelyn Blalock (Bob) of Charlotte; his nephew, Robert Thomas of Hickory, N.C.; and his best friends, Carolyn Myers and her late husband Mike of Charlotte, N.C.
George Thurman Whisman ’55 passed away, surrounded by his family, on Jan. 11 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. George held a bachelors degree from Davidson College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and a master’s degree from Miami of Ohio University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the finance corps. George was a brilliant businessman and held numerous high-ranking executive positions, including assistant treasurer of Miami of Ohio University, managing partner of the Houston Management Consulting Division of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, & Co., president of Longhorn Oil & Gas Company, director of Shearson Lehman Brothers, and shareholder of Masterson, Moreland, Sauer, & Whitman, Inc. He spent many years advising public entities in finance matters, including the Houston Independent School District, the Harris County Hospital District, the City of Houston, the State of Texas, and many other issuers. George was preceded in death by his parents, Phamy Powell Whisman and Gruene Whisman, along with 11 half- brothers and sisters. George is survived by his wife of 21 years, Vonda Whisman, 4832 Post Oak Timber, Houston, Tex. 77056-2210; two sons, Kyle Whisman of Colleyville, Tex.,and Jay Courtlandt Whisman of New York City, N.Y.; stepdaughter, Kimberly Hilton of Seattle, Wash.; two grandchildren, Adam and Carlie Whisman of Colleyville, Tex.; and beloved dog, Bridgette. In memoriam, donations can be made to the George T. Whisman Scholarship at Davidson College in his honor.
John “Jack” Wall Liles, Jr. ’56 died at South Village Nursing Home in Rocky Mount, N.C., on Nov. 26 after a lengthy illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1934, in Raleigh, N.C., the son of John Wall Liles, Sr. and Aileen Chamblee Liles of Sanford, N.C. He graduated from Davidson College and from the UNC Law School in 1959. He then moved to Raleigh and joined the law firm of Poyner, Geraghty, Hartsfield, and Townsend for a number of years before beginning private practice. He was an active member of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church and served as chairman of the board of deacons. He also served on the board of trustees of Wake Technical Community College and the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County. He was an active participant as a mentor through the Big Brother program of the YMCA. He is survived by a son, John W. Liles III, P.O. Box 40038, Raleigh, N.C. 27629-0038; a daughter, Mary Howerton Liles of London, England; a sister, Lou Liles Knight of Burlington; and a niece and two nephews.
Edwin Samuels Young, Sr. ’57, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away at his residence at Sharon Towers on Jan. 18. He was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in London, Ky., a son of the late William Bryan and Florence Samuels Young. Ed graduated from Atherton High in Louisville, Ky., in 1953 where he was a member of the first graduating class with male students. He attended and graduated from Davidson College cum laude, where he was head cheerleader, editor of the yearbook, was tapped for ODK, and earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. It was in Davidson that he met and married Carol, his wife and companion of 49 years. In 1958, Ed served in the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Tex., continuing in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1967. He was employed by Louisville Cement Co. until he moved to Charlotte in 1967. In Charlotte, he worked for Connecticut General Life Insurance Co. and remained in the insurance business throughout his professional career. After retirement he continued insurance consultation with a good friend, John Rasberry. Ed was an avid reader, life-long learner, teacher, mentor, and friend to all he met. Ed was a devoted husband and loving father; he never missed any of his children’s baseball, basketball, football, wrestling, tennis, or track events. Ed faced long years fighting a degenerative neurologic disease with strength, good humor, and courage. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Sherrill Young, 5100 Sharon Rd., Unit 559 W., Charlotte, N.C. 28210-4777; his sons, Dr. Edwin Samuels Young, Jr. (Pam), Philip Henry Young (Kimberly), and Frank Sherrill Young (Keela); grandchildren, Kaitlyn Hurst and Henry and Sam Young; brothers, William B. Young, Jr. (Analeise), J. Richard Young, and R. Van Young (Libby).
Dr. Lee B. Chapman ’60, of Birmingham, Ala., died on Jan. 6. Lee was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Charles Hickerson Chapman of Andalusia, Ala. He graduated from Davidson College and UAB Medical School and did general surgical residencies at the University of Virginia and UAB. Lee served in both the Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy as a surgeon on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. After his military service, he returned to Birmingham and practiced at Brookwood Medical Center as a general surgeon for over 30 years. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and past president of the Jefferson County Medical Society, and he pioneered the use of laparoscopic surgery in the Birmingham area. At his retirement in 2000, an operating suite at Brookwood Hospital was named in honor of his dedication to his patients and his commitment to the Brookwood surgical community. For the past 25 years, Lee and his wife, Karen, have volunteered with Medical Missions International, a Christian group that offers crucial and unavailable surgical procedures to those in need around the world. Lee was also a long-time member of the Independent Presbyterian Church, a volunteer at M-Power Ministries as an adult literacy tutor, and a member of several civic groups. He is survived by his wife, Karen S. Chapman, 2816 Carriage Pl., Birmingham, Ala. 35223-1948; his two children, Alison ’89 (Gordon Black) and Edward; and his four grandchildren, Kaimon and Lucian Chapman and Ian and Angus Black.
Thomas McLean Inman ’60, of Farragut, Tenn., went to be with the Lord Sept. 16. Tom was a charter member and elder of Faith Fellowship Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Norfolk Southern Railway claims department with 27 years of service. Tom was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Ethel McLean Inman, and sister, Patsy Gardner. Tom is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cindy Inman, 12122 Valley Trail, Knoxville, Tenn. 37922-1519; children, Ken Inman (Dee) of Maryville, Anne Yarbrough of Charlotte, and Scott Inman (Glenda) of Knoxville; grandchildren, Christy Yarbrough, Shane Strunk, Jessica Strunk, Tyler Strunk, Katie Starnes, Tori Inman, and Carrie Inman; brother, Robert “Bobby” Inman ’52 (Hope) of Montgomery, Ala.; brother-in-law, Grady Gardner of Laurinburg, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
Dr. Frederick Richards ’60, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died at Arbor Acres on Dec. 1. He was born Aug. 28, 1938, to Gustave Patrick and Lizetta Wagener Richards in Charleston, S.C. Fred graduated from Charleston High School, Davidson College, and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in hematology and oncology at Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University and North Carolina Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem. He served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force, practicing general medicine for two years. He was an associate professor with the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, where he taught and practiced as a clinical hematologist and oncologist for 28 years. He was a respected physician, lecturer, and author of more than 300 peer-reviewed clinical papers, textbook chapters, and journal articles. He was also a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Hematology and Oncology, and The American Board of Internal Medicine. Fred’s hobbies included learning and teaching, travel, gardening, golf, and playing with his grandchildren. He was a member of St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Anne W. Richards, 2555 Country Club Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27104-4105; three children, Frederick Richards III (Suzanne), Laura R. Craig (Ralph), and Dr. Charles P. Richards (Juliana); five grandchildren; and two sisters, Lizetta Richards Halter and Margaret Richards Breeden. Fred was preceded in death by a third sister, Rosa Patrick Richards Beckman, in 1991.
Gardner “Tom” H. Green, Jr. ’62, longtime resident of the Jacksonville Beaches, Fla., passed away on Dec. 16. Born in New York City and living in Philadelphia during his early teens, he moved to the Jacksonville Beaches in the mid-50s, serving in the American Red Cross Life Saving Corps and graduating from Duncan U. Fletcher High School in 1958. After Tom’s graduation from Davidson College, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, he served a two-year active duty tour in the U.S. Army Signal Corps stationed in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge as a first lieutenant, he began an over 15-year career in sales for clothing manufacturers and then moved on to the U.S. Postal Service, where he retired in 2002. A longtime, devout Christian, Tom was a former member of Christ the Redeemer Church in Palm Valley and its mission church at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. He recently joined the Anglican Beaches Church in Neptune Beach. His passion in his retirement years was serving as a volunteer with various healing ministries. He was an avid sports fan and loved music. Tom was preceded in death by parents, Christine Thompson and Gardner H. Green, Sr. Survivors include sister, Elizabeth “Betsy” Green McElaney, Tampa, Fla.; brother, John T. Green (Emily), 10 10th St. Apt. 39, Atlantic Beach, Fla. 32233; nephews, T. J. McElaney, Jr., Land O’ Lakes, Fla., J. Thompson Green, Jr., Houston, Tex., and Marshall M. Green, Columbia, S.C.; and nieces, Christine Green Harris, Atlanta, Ga., and Kendall E. Green, Tallahassee, Fla.
William Ames Ruth ’64, dedicated father of three daughters, Mary Beth Christine Ruth ’91, 1755 York Ave. Apt. 5K, New York, N.Y. 10128-6865; Natasha McKerran Ruth ’94; and Amy Ruth McGrath, and grandfather of Hunter McGrath, died Dec. 16. He was born in Irvington, N.J., and grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. He attended Davidson College and law school at the University of Florida, and then moved to Hilton Head Island in 1972 after receiving his L.L.M. in taxation from New York University Law School. He was a partner in the Beaufort and Hilton Island law firm of Dowling, Sanders, & Dukes until 1985, when he founded the law firm now known as Ruth & MacNeille, P.A. on Hilton Head Island, where he practiced law until his death. He was a dedicated professional and was proud to call himself an attorney. Throughout his career he became involved with many affiliations and memberships including South Carolina Bar chairman, section on tax; South Carolina Bar chairman, section on estate planning, probate, and trust; member of the South Carolina House of Delegates; The Florida Bar member tax section; The District of Columbia Bar; National Association of State Bar Tax Sections; South Carolina Bar Foundation; fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; American College of Tax Counsel; and certified specialist, Tax Law, Estate Planning, Probate Law, and Trust Law. He shall be remembered for his strong love for his children, his wife, Kathleen, who died in 1996 from a long battle with scleroderma, and his new grandson, Hunter. He was a strong individual and his dedication to serving his community and his country was unmatched as evidenced by his service as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and his volunteerism. Not only shall he be remembered for his achievements, but his family and friends shall remember him for his dry wit, his sophisticated intellect, and his genuine compassion for all those around him.
The Rev. Dr. Malcolm “Mac” C. McIver III passed away on Dec. 20 at his home in Brenham, Tex. He was born to The Rev. Dr. Malcolm C. McIver, Jr. and Mildred Sneeden McIver on Oct. 5, 1943, in Wilmington, N.C. Mac graduated from Davidson College and went on to serve as a captain in the U.S. Army. He received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. On Dec. 29, 1973, he married Rosellyn Olander of Houston, Tex. He went on to serve as pastor of Presbyterian churches in Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Texas, including Oak Hills Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Tex. In 1998, he earned his doctor of ministry degree from Austin Theological Seminary in Austin, Tex. He has served as a pastor of Brenham Presbyterian Church in Brenham, Tex., since November 2003. Mac and Rosellyn O. McIver, 2604 Twisted Oak Dr., Brenham, Tex. 77833-9247, have three daughters: Sara Rosellyn McIver Williams (Doug) of Austin, Tex.; Catherine Owen McIver Kennedy (Jared) and daughter, Zoey Rose Kennedy, of Tahuya, Wash.; and Mary Elisabeth McIver, currently attending college in San Marcos, Tex. Mac has one sister, Elizabeth McIver Rennie (Jim), who lives in Virginia.
The Rev. Daniel M. Berry III ’72 quietly passed away on Nov. 21. He and his loving wife, Lydia Jenkins Berry, recently moved to Schulenburg, Tex., where The Rev. Berry was installed as pastor of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. He was a pastor of various churches during his ministry of over 32 years. He grew up in Nashville, where he and his father, Mr. Dan M Berry, Jr. ’47, and his late mother, Mary H. Mimi Berry, moved in 1961. The Rev. Berry graduated from Peabody Demonstration School, Davidson College, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He is survived by his wife, Lydia J. Berry, 712 Summit St., Schulenburg, Tex. 78956-1429; and father, Dan M. Berry, Jr. ’47.
Mark E. Steiner ’85, of Lewes, Del., passed away Nov. 20, in his home. Mark was born Mar. 5, 1963, in Cambridge, Mass., son of Edward J. and Marjorie Wright Steiner. He graduated from Milford High School, Davidson College, and Villanova Law School. Mark worked as an attorney for Duane, Morris, and Hecksher in Wilmington, his family’s business in Milford, Moore and Rutt in Georgetown, and as a public defender in Sussex County. After declining health issues rendered him unable to commit to employment, he spent much time on Lewes beaches, on his phone talking to a wide assortment of friends, and on his computer trying to figure out the vagaries of the stock market. He also had a great interest in Sussex County politics. He was a member of Avenue United Methodist Church, Milford, and had been active in the Sussex County chapter of the American Heart Association. He is survived by a daughter, Anna Kathleen Steiner of Lewes; his ex-wife, Paula Ryan of Lewes; his parents, Edward J. and Marjorie Steiner, 24 S. Horseshoe Dr., Milford, Del. 19963-2124; two sisters, The Rev. Dr. Sandra Steiner Ball (Barry) of Milford, and Karen Steiner ’87 (Anand Bahl) of Kennesaw, Ga.; and two nieces, Sarah Ball and Becky Ball of Milford.
David Waldon Kerns ’93, formerly of Blacksburg, Va., passed away Dec. 17 in Charlotte, N.C. He was the son of Waldon R. Kerns and the late Gayle Crabill Kerns of Blacksburg, Va. He is survived by his wife, Jane Knox Kerns, 1824 Nassau Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28205-3026. David was a fine young man who enjoyed running with his cross country teammates. In the late 80s and early 90s he ran on three state championship cross country teams while at Blacksburg High School. He went on to be a member of the cross country and track teams during his four years at Davidson College in North Carolina. Later he earned an M.S. degree in accounting at Wake Forest University. He was employed by the KPMG accounting firm in Charlotte, N.C. To honor David’s love for running and his accomplishments, the David W. Kerns Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Davidson College. For more information, contact Kristin Kelly in The Office of College Relations at 704-894-2831.