Kenneth Warren Archibald ’37, of Jacksonville, Fla., passed away Sept. 28. He was born July 31, 1914, to Lysbeth and Cecil Archibald in Los Angeles, Calif. He graduated from The Episcopal High School in Virginia and attended Davidson. He traveled around the world settling in Los Angeles, Calif., where he worked for Lockheed during WWII. He returned to Jacksonville to work with his step-father, Frank Huckins, at Huckins Yacht Corporation. He assumed Frank Huckins ownership in 1951, and continued until his retirement in 1980. He remained active in the business until his death. In addition to his love of building boats, Kenneth had a huge passion for building furniture for many of his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ramona, in 2007. He is survived by his children, Patricia Abbott (John Abbott); Field Davidson Boatwright (John Boatwright), 9650 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32225-8230; Cindy Purcell (Dale Purcell); seven grandchildren, John Abbott, Jr. (Debbie), Kimball Brown (John), Rory Mazzola (Tony), Kelly Buckingham (Bill), Michael Davidson, Jr. (Daisy), Benham Purcell Howard, Field Purcell Copeland (Clyde); 10 great-grandchildren, Shane and Jack Abbott, Mandy Leon, Sarah Van Landingham, Heather Mazzola, Catherine and Christopher Buckingham, Michael Davidson III, Gunnar and Elinor Davidson; and two great-great-grandchildren, Andrew and Isabel Leon.
Dr. J. Rodman Williams ’39, of Virginia Beach, Va., left to be with his Lord and Savior on Oct. 18. He was a noted theologian, pastor, author, and professor. Dr. Williams was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson, of Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and Columbia University in New York. He served as a chaplain in the U.S. Marine Corps, taught philosophy and religion at Beloit College in Wisconsin, pastored the First Presbyterian Church of Rockford, Ill., taught theology and philosophy of religion at Austin Presbyterian Seminary in Texas, and served as president and professor of theology at Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning in 1982, he taught theology at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Va., and became professor of renewal theology emeritus in 2002. Although his family rejoices that he now beholds the glory of heaven, he will be deeply missed by his wife, Johanna S. Williams, 608 Fleet Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23454-7307; his daughter, Cindy Pryzmenski; his granddaughter, Laura Kopp (Jesse); his son, David, and grandsons, Seth and Kevin Williams; his sister, Lee Watts (John); and other family members, plus a host of students, friends, and colleagues whom he loved and to whom he continually gave himself.
George McCann Marsh ’42, of Colfax, N.C., died Aug. 17. George was born on Sept. 4, 1921, in High Point, the son of J. Everette Marsh and Anne Carter Marsh. He graduated from Davidson, where he was a accomplished student-athlete and played both football and basketball. During WWII, he served in Italy, France, and Germany, returning home in 1946 to marry Mollie Iceman Bowie from Monroe, N.C., and to begin a 56-year career at Marsh Furniture Company. From a starting position in the company’s receiving department, he became president of Marsh Furniture in 1978 and ultimately chairman and CEO. He continued to be a member of its board of directors until 2002. As devoted to the community as he was to his family and to Marsh Furniture, he was a life-long member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. He served as board member and trustee of the YMCA. He served on the local board of NCNB, the Chamber of Commerce Board, the United Way Board, the advisory board of Cities In Schools, the board of the Presbyterian Home, and as a trustee of the High Point Community Foundation. He had great love for Willow Creek Golf Club, which he helped organize in 1964, and a strong commitment to the High Point Regional Hospital on whose board he served, including years as vice-chairman and chairman of the board. He was one of the inaugural members of the High Point Community Foundation Board of Trustees. He was recognized as High Point’s Citizen of the Year in 2002. He is survived by his wife and the love of his life for 62 years, Mollie Bowie Marsh, 5339 Calvin Ct., Colfax, NC 27235; his daughters, Mollie Marsh Brugh (Pat), Anne Marsh Bernholz (Martin), and Nancy Marsh Johnson (Jay); and grandsons, George Graham Brugh, William Patton Brugh, Jr., and Jay Eulan Johnson III.
George Noble Ennett ’45, of Asheville, N.C., passed away Aug. 23. He was the son of the late George Noble Ennett, Sr. and Grace Tompkins Ennett. He was also preceded in death by his uncle, Daniel Augustus Tompkins. George was born Sept. 30, 1922, in Richmond, Va. He grew up in Montreat, N.C., and maintained a lifelong love for the mountains of western North Carolina. He graduated from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he was captain of the track team. He also graduated from Davidson where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. A U.S. Army veteran of WWII, he served as a first sergeant in the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 508 Parachute Infantry Regiment. He received the Silver Star during a reconnaissance mission in Germany, a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, and four Purple Hearts. George founded Corporate Benefit Services in Charlotte, N.C. He remained the president until retiring to Asheville in 1991. While in Charlotte, he was twice president of the Olde Providence Racquet Club, president of the Charlotte Heart Association, and vice president of the Charlotte Lung Association. After returning to Asheville, he was a member of the Rhododendron Royal Brigade of Guards. He is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Betty Ann Wortham Ennett, 15 Stuyvesant Rd., Asheville, NC 28803-3022, whom he married May 26, 1951; three devoted children, Virginia Corinne Ennett Graybiel (James Daniel Hayward), Susan Tompkins Ennett (Wayne Pein), and George “Skip” Noble Ennett, Jr. (Jacqueline). He is also survived by a special friend of the family, Glenna Smith. He leaves two dogs, Coffee and Cocoa, who provided years of joy. He had numerous friends, both lifelong and recent, who were a source of unwavering pleasure.
Harvey Hill Carrow ’47, of Kinston, N.C., died Sept. 17. Harvey was born on Jan. 10, 1923, in Washington, N.C., to the late Hattie Jones and Claude Lee Carrow. The Carrow family moved to Kinston in 1932. Harvey graduated from Grainger High School and matriculated to Davidson, where he led the cheerleading squad, was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Society, and a participant in the ROTC program. At the conclusion of his junior year, Harvey entered the U.S. Army and was engaged in the European Theater. Harvey attained the rank of captain in the Army Infantry where he became a unit commander in the 63rd Infantry Division of the Seventh Army, also known as the Blood & Fire Division. The 63rd Division engaged in 125 straight days of combat in France and Germany in 1944 and 1945. Harvey led A Company of the First Battalion, 254th Infantry Regiment, through the Alsace region of France where the battalion became the first to break through the famous Siegfried line and later received a Presidential Battle Honors Citation for Outstanding Performance of Duty in Action. Harvey completed his college degree in 1947. He married Senora W. Lindsey in Tarboro, N.C., on Apr. 23, 1949. During the Korean Conflict in July 1952, he re-entered the U.S. Army as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in April 1953. Harvey went on to complete dealership training at General Motors and became the youngest-ever graduate of the program. He took over ownership of Carrow Buick Company in Kinston and managed the business until its sale. He became owner of Carrow Travel and then owned and operated Vehicle Analysts and Consultants until his retirement. Harvey was a cherished member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where he served as junior warden, a member of the church vestry, taught Sunday school, and ushered regularly at the Sunday early service. While living in Kinston, Harvey served on several boards including Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was also a member of the Kinston Kiwanis Club. Harvey is survived by his loving wife, Senora L. Carrow, 811 Greenbriar Rd., Kinston, NC 28501-3554; his son, Hill (Sherilyn); his daughter, Lindsey; his granddaughter, Casey Carrow; two nieces, Harriet Spicer and Susan Fox; and a nephew, Carrow Fort. Harvey was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Hodges and Hattie Mobley; a brother, Claude Carrow; and his granddaughter, Heather Dees.
Andrew “Bob” MacInnis Crowell, Jr. ’47, of Tampa, Fla., passed away Sept. 14. He was born in Charlotte, N.C., the son of Andrew M. Crowell and Alma Hedrick Crowell of Lexington, N.C. He attended Lexington schools and was a graduate of Davidson. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Caldwell Crowell, 4141 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33611; four children, Anne Lawson (Steve), Tracey Smith (David), Drew Crowell (Penny), and David Crowell; nine grandchildren, Elaine and Mackay Smith, Andrew, James, Grace Anne, and John Lawson, and Andrew, Carolina, and Garrett Crowell. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Mashburn. He is also survived by his brother, Giles T. Crowell ’50, and several nieces and nephews, including George Andrew Crowell ’73. During WWII, Bob served as an infantry lieutenant in the Armed Forces European Theatre. He came to Tampa in 1947 to manage Peninsula Distributing Co. (later Hedrick Properties), which included holdings in citrus groves and real estate. Bob was active in First Presbyterian Church and later Davis Islands Community Church. As a lifelong patriot, he participated in numerous organizations devoted to national liberty. He also held membership in several social clubs where he could pursue his passion for golf. In the 1960s he became interested in Australia and with a group of friends invested there. With the cooperation of the Florida Experimental Station, he introduced the first successful strain of key lime trees to Australia. In the 1980s, he and his wife moved to Amelia Island, Fla., where they resided for 14 years. Upon returning to winter in Tampa, they divided their time each year to include his native state of North Carolina.
Richard Baxter Port ’47, of Winston-Salem, N.C., passed away peacefully on Aug. 29 following a brief illness. Dick was a resident of the Arbor Acres United Methodist Community in Winston-Salem, N.C. He was born in Winston-Salem on May 23, 1923, the son of Arthur C. Port and Helen E. Port. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Nancy Bennett Port, and daughter, Helen Port James. Dick was a member of the charter class of Summit School where in 1936 he submitted the winning design for city seal of Winston-Salem. It remains the current seal of the city. He was a graduate of Woodberry Forest School and Davidson, where he was magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, president of student government, and captain of the track team. Dick was also in Who’s Who in American Colleges. Dick served in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII achieving the rank of first lieutenant and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic Achievement in the Battle of the Bulge, Germany. His business career began with the Hanes Corporation. Dick was president of P.H. Hanes Knitting Co. at the time he began his entrepreneurial career co-founding Turnpike Properties, a commercial real estate company that built, owned, and operated 33 motels and built 500 residential homes in N.C. He retired in 1989 as chairman, president, and CEO. Active in civic affairs, he was president of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, president of the Winston-Salem Rotary Club, and chairman of numerous annual/capital drives including the United Way, Arts Council, School of the Arts, and the Stevens Center. Dick served on the Board of Visitors of Davidson and the Wake Forest M.B.A. School of Business, as well as a member of the board of directors of various social organizations and churches. In retirement he loved golf, tennis, and writing, and was a world-class raconteur. He was the author of a memoir, Why Didn’t You Knock, Sir? He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Port Wylly (Thomas Cook Wylly II), 304 Walnut Dr., Nashville, TN 37205-2916; three grandchildren, Thomas Cook Wylly III, Virginia Barclay Wylly, and Richard Port James; and several nieces and nephews. He was a fine, humble man; a devoted husband and father. All who knew him had great respect for his wisdom, wit, and judgment and the manner in which he dispensed each. Memorials may be sent to Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Carlisle Clarke Moore, Jr. ’48, of Rock Hill, S.C., passed away peacefully after a brief illness on July 30 with his beloved wife, Sara, and family at his side. Born in Gastonia, N.C., on Jan. 2, 1924, he was the son of the late Carlisle C. Moore, Sr. ’15 and Margaret LaFar Moore. He was also preceded in death by his brother, David LaFar Moore ’51. Carlisle was a graduate of Winthrop Training School, Davidson, and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. A WWII veteran of the U.S. Army, Carlisle served with the 3rd Infantry Division earning recognition for bravery under fire by the awarding of the Bronze Star with V (for valor) device, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Croix de Guerre with Fourragère (braided rope), a high military award for bravery in combat, from the country of France. He was a certified public accountant his practice now known as Moore & Moore CPA’s. A member of Oakland Ave. Presbyterian Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, and elder for many years; also a member of Rotary International, the organization recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow. The South Carolina C.P.A. Association also recognized him as the recipient of the 1997 Annual Service to the Profession award. His life has touched many and his legacy will live on through all of those who knew and loved Carlisle. Survivors include his loving wife of over 50 years, Sara Graham Moore, 2116 James Ct., Rock Hill, SC 29732; his son, C. Clarke Moore III (Kathy) and his granddaughters, Evans and Logan; and his daughter, Sara Louise Moore Dunn (Al), and his grandsons, Joseph and Graham. He is also survived by his uncle, Daniel Senn LaFar, Jr. ’57; his nephew, David LaFar Moore, Jr. ’76; and his cousin, W. Marshall LaFar ’61.
Dr. Henry Marcellus “Marc” Cathey ’49, of Davidson, N.C., died Oct. 8 at the Pines at Davidson following an extended illness with Parkinson’s disease. Born Oct. 23, 1928, Marc was the son of the late Carl ’20 and Emily Cathey of Davidson. Following graduation from Davidson High School in 1945, he attended Davidson for two years. He then transferred to and received his bachelor’s degree from N.C. State University in 1950. He worked as a florist for two years before going to Cornell University where he received his master’s and Ph.D. in horticultural science. He was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands. He went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md., in 1956, where he pioneered experimental research on florist and nursery crops. He was the visiting D.C. Kiplinger Chair professor at the Ohio State University. For 10 years, Marc was the director of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. During that period he brought new gardens and exhibits including the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, the National Capital Columns, the Asian Valley, the New American Friendship Gardens, and sustainable gardens. He was instrumental in the creation of the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zone and AHS Plant Heat Zone Maps. In 1995, he became president of the American Horticultural Society for the second time and later served as president emeritus. Marc was a member of numerous professional societies related to the florist and nursery industry and was awarded many national and international awards for his work. He wrote several books, made many television appearances, and hosted a weekly radio phone-in show for many years. He spent a lifetime trying to make the world a more beautiful place through flowers, plants, gardens, research, and an imaginative and personal sense of humor. He presented thousands of talks at national floriculture meetings, garden clubs, community groups, and more. He passionately believed that plants were at the center of our future and lived by the words, “Green is the color of hope, and in the color of plants is our hope for the future.” He was a lifelong member of the Presbyterian church and served as a deacon and elder. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Jackson Cathey, 400 Avinger Ln., Apt. 209, Davidson, NC 28036-9705; his two children, Marcy E. Cathey (Aaron Frank) and Henry M. Cathey, Jr. (Jodi); and four granddaughters, Emily, Ellen, Elizabeth, and Sarah (Miss Pink, Miss Peach, Miss Emerald, and Miss Ruby). He was preceded in death by his brothers LeConte ’47 and Carl ’53 Cathey. Memorials may be sent to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036.
John Luther Ellis ’50, of Garner, N.C., passed away Sept. 20. He was born Jan. 9, 1926, in Andrews, N.C. He was the son of the late Luke and Olive Ellis. He was educated at Davidson where he lettered in varsity baseball and tennis. John served his country during WWII in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a legal liaison for the N.C. Employment Security Commission. He served several terms as secretary of the Garner Volunteer Fire Department, was a master mason with Shriners, and volunteered as head umpire for Garner Little League baseball during the 1970s. John loved his dear friends, whom he met for breakfast every morning. and watching Carolina Tar Heels basketball. Survivors include daughter, Elaine Coker (Steve), 28 Derby Cir., Selma, NC 27576-9136; son, John “Rick” Ellis; son, Joel “Rusty” Ellis; grandchildren, Rebecca and Craig Coker; his former wife, Hazel Burgess Ellis; and dear friend, Cathy Pierce.
Dr. Alexander Fairley Goley ’52, of Burlington, N.C., died Aug. 24. He was born July 7, 1930, in Graham, N.C. He was the son of Dr. Willard Coe Goley and Eugenia Fairley Goley who are both deceased. His grandparents were Dr. William Rankin Goley and Louisa Coe Goley of Alamance County. He was a graduate of Graham High School, Davidson, and the UNC School of Medicine. Alex was an intern, resident, and a fellow at Yale Medical School. As a captain in the U.S. Army, he was stationed at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research for two years. He practiced internal medicine in Burlington, N.C., was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1963 and 1974, and was elected to fellowships in the American College of Physicians. He was married to Sallie Cook Boren of Greensboro, N.C. Sallie died Mar. 11, 1997. They had 39 wonderful years together. Alex is survived by his three children, William Rankin Goley (Kelly Weaver Goley), 4135 Cornwallis Camp Dr., Charlotte, N.C.; Daniel Boren Goley (Helen Sumerell Goley); and Clare Goley Palumbo (John Patrick); six grandchildren, Alex, Patrick, Gray, Rachel, Clay, and Sallie Anna; a brother, Willard Coe Goley, Jr. (Mary Ann); a sister, Eugenia Goley Pruitt (Dr. Ronald A. Pruitt); and a sister-in-law, Lynn Boren Chandler (Thomas E. Chandler). Alex was inducted into the honorary medical fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha. He served as chief of staff of Alamance County Hospital. He was an active and loyal member of Front Street United Methodist Church, where he served as chairman of the board of trustees, chairman of the finance committee, and president of Methodist Men. He served on the board of advisors of Wachovia Bank, was an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UNC School of Medicine, and was a member of the admissions committee for the UNC School of Medicine. He served on the board of visitors of Elon University and the parents’ council of Wake Forest University. He was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity at Davidson. He was a director of Tower Mills and the Alamance Historical Museum. Lastly, he served on the executive board and also the Eagle Board of the Old North State Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was an Eagle Scout and was always supportive of scouting.
Lewis “Jack” Edward Turner, Jr. ’52, of Henderson, N.C., passed away on Aug. 22 at his home. Born on May 30, 1930, in Vance County, he was the son of the late Lewis Edward Turner, Sr. and Anne Cooke Turner. Jack spent most of his time at his residence in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., but spent summers at his family home. Jack graduated from Henderson High School and Davidson. His career was with the Equitable Life Insurance Society, and he settled in Florida after his retirement. He is survived by his cousin, Ann Turner Collins, 4921 Carteret Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612.
Robin Ledbetter Hinson ’53, of Charlotte, N.C., died peacefully on Oct. 13 at Presbyterian Hospital, surrounded by his family. Robin was born on May 26, 1931, in Rockingham, N.C., son of the late Minor Thurlow Hinson and Emma Gray Ledbetter Hinson, and brother of the late Minor Thurlow Hinson, Jr. He graduated from Davidson magna cum laude and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. In his senior year at Davidson he married his childhood sweetheart, Frances “Sis” Garrett, with whom he shared 54 wonderful years until her death last October. After serving his country as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Robin enrolled in the UNC School of Law, where he graduated with highest honors, was elected editor-in-chief of The North Carolina Law Review, and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of the Coif, the law school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon graduation in 1958, he accepted the faculty’s invitation to become assistant professor and assistant dean of the UNC law school. In 1961, he entered the private practice of law with the firm of Leath, Bynum, Blount & Hinson in his native Rockingham. Subsequently he served as associate general counsel for the Carolina Power and Light Company in Raleigh, vice president and general counsel for Hanes Corporation in Winston-Salem, and senior vice president and general counsel for First Union Corporation in Charlotte. In 1978 he reentered the private practice of law with the firm of Robinson, Bradshaw, & Hinson, P.A. in Charlotte. For more than 20 years, as the founder and teacher of the N.C. Bar Review course, he helped a whole generation of lawyers gain admission to practice in North Carolina by passing the state bar examination on a full range of subjects. Among his many other contributions to the legal profession, Robin served as a member of the N.C. General Statutes Commission, a member of the State Constitution Study Commission, a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, a director of the UNC Law Foundation, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation; and in 1992 he received the UNC School of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest honor the school bestowed on an alumnus. He was looking forward to delivering the principal address at the annual meeting of the state bar in Raleigh on Oct. 23, honoring him and his colleagues celebrating 50 years of law practice in North Carolina. His contributions to the whole community were likewise generous and varied, including service on the board of Foundation for the Carolinas, Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, Crisis Assistance Ministry, The United Methodist Foundation for Western N.C., and N.C. Public Television Foundation, Inc. Robin was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman, especially early in his life, and enjoyed tennis, golf, chess, cooking, and playing bridge. His life was marked by an uncommon devotion to his family, his friends, and his profession. Robin is survived by his sons, Robin Ledbetter Hinson, Jr.; Reid Garrett Hinson ’78, 1215 Yale Pl., Charlotte, NC 28209-1439; and Minor Thurlow Hinson ’84 (Tiffany). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Garrett, Gray, Minor, and Sara Frances Hinson.
William Cecil Trotman ’53, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died Apr. 8 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem. He was born Oct. 19, 1930, in Winston-Salem to John Cecil Trotman and Maude Bohannon Trotman. He was the youngest of five children and was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, John F. Trotman; and sisters, Elizabeth Trotman and Camille Trotman Gaylord. He is survived by his brother, Marion Jackson Trotman (Betty), 109 Sutters Place Ct., Winston-Salem, NC 27104-3900; sister-in-law, Dorothy J. Trotman; and brother-in-law, Louis W. Gaylord. He is fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews. He graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and served in the U.S. Army. He was passionate about theater and the arts and filled his life with activity on and around the stage. Bill studied with Stellar Adler at the renowned Stellar Adler Studio in New York City and worked at the Erie Playhouse in Erie, Pa. For years he designed sets and acted at the Alley Theater in Houston, Tex. In addition, he performed on Broadway, spent years in Hollywood, and owned a theater production company in Hawaii. He was the first dean of drama at the N.C. School of the Performing Arts. Later in life, he devoted much of his time to volunteer efforts at Forsyth Memorial Hospital and Old Salem. He also enjoyed travel and the celebration of life. Those who knew him will miss his generous spirit, warm smile, and acerbic wit.
Dr. Clarence Clapp Morrison ’54, of Bloomington, Ind., passed away Aug. 6. Clarence was born June 19, 1932, in Greensboro, N.C., to the Rev. Clarence N. Morrison ’21 and Ava Clapp Morrison. He graduated from Davidson and completed his master’s degree in 1956 at UNC Chapel Hill. The next three years were spent in the U.S. Navy, assigned to the destroyer USS Putnam, based in Norfolk, Va. He then returned to the Univ. of North Carolina and completed his Ph.D. in 1964. His first faculty appointments were at the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia. Clarence arrived at Indiana University in 1970, and served as a professor there until 1996. He continued as an active scholar and was widely involved in the Atlantic Economic Society, serving as both vice president and president, and was also involved with the board of editors at the Atlantic Economic Journal. Throughout his career, he taught classes, published more than 60 articles over a wide variety of topics, and served as a journal referee. Clarence will be remembered for his love of the open road, traveling by both automobile and motorcycle. Some of his passions included genealogy, antique cars, and his family. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Geraldine Whitesides Morrison, 4587 E. Heritage Woods Rd., Bloomington, IN 47401, with whom he has shared many fine memories; his son, Robert Morrison (Debbie) and their son, Joseph; and his son, Fred Morrison (Lisa).
Thomas McMurtry Brewer ’57, of Purcellville, Va., died of kidney cancer Sept. 20. He was a U.S. Navy Air veteran. He was the son of the late Elizabeth Bottom Brewer and John Bowman Brewer of Lebanon, Ky. A retired pilot with American Airlines, he and his family moved to Loudoun County in the mid-1960s. After retirement, he owned and operated Happy Times Farm, a cattle farm in Clarke County. Upon diagnosis, he sold the farm, bought a place out on the northern neck of Virginia, and set up shop there, meeting new people, fishing, planting trees, and having a “big time” on the water. He is survived by his wife, Lillian C. Brewer, 17691 Silcott Springs Rd., Purcellville, VA 20132; daughters, Kate Brewer Fisher ’86 and Nancy Brewer Trollinger; son, Thomas McMurtry Brewer, Jr.; grandchildren, Connor, Campbell, and T. Brewer, Emma, Grace, and Bowman Garrett Trollinger, and Mckillop and Sam Hopper Fisher; brothers, Robert Burton Brewer and Dr. McHenry Shreve Brewer ’44; and sister, Cecil Brewer Fish. He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Bottom Brewer ’50. On Sept. 28, a boat parade was held in his honor, and he had his ashes spread on the creek in order to “improve the environment.”
Walter Jackson Coleman ’58, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., whose commanding presence, eloquence, and vision contributed to his success as an outstanding business and community leader and educator, died June 18 after battling lung cancer. Throughout his life, Walter was an exemplary leader, serving his church, community, and country in so many valuable roles. The Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce auditorium, named for him, is a fitting tribute for the outstanding community leader. An unprecedented two-time president of the chamber of commerce, he was also active in economic development serving on the board of the Central Florida Economic Development Council. He was appointed to the Workforce Development Board. He was accorded the highest honor of the Kappa Alpha Order, the Knight Commander’s Accolade, for his service as alumnus and faculty advisor at Florida Southern College (FSC), in addition to his outstanding achievements and service to numerous areas of business and economics. Walter was an associate professor, with an M.B.A. in management, as well as an M.B.A. with computer science emphasis, and was at FSC since 1988. His 35 years of applied business experience ranged from entrepreneurial activities as the CEO of his own organizations, to the strategic environment of the board of directors of a New York Stock Exchange listed company. He taught strategic management and computer science concepts, as well as human resources management, having served at one time as the regional director of personnel for the 12th largest company in the Fortune 500 index. He taught entrepreneurship, served as an international business consultant for the U.S. Agency for International Development in former Eastern Bloc countries such as Ukraine. Walter was a national Toastmasters International finalist and was elected “Teacher of the Year” by his students, and received the national Methodist General Board of Education Outstanding Teaching Award. Walter was also a Marine veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was an avid outdoorsman, nationally ranked in skeet shooting and a competition handgun champion. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Buck Coleman, 1711 Beach Ave., Atlantic Beach, FL 32233-5838; children, Caren Coleman, Cathy Trussell, Jackson Coleman, Cyndy Jelinek, and Buck Coleman; grandchildren, Kristen and Otto Jelinek, Amanda and Caroline Trussell, and Ryder Coleman; sisters, Martha Coleman and Marylee Heaton.
Dr. Thomas Lawman Lucas, Jr. ’62, of Charleston, S.C., entered into eternal life on the Oct. 6. Tom was born July 29, 1939, in Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, Va., the son of Thomas Lawman Lucas, M.D. and Jane Agnew Lucas. He was a graduate of Episcopal High School, Davidson, and, following in the footsteps of his father’s family, he was the fifth generation to graduate from the Medical University of South Carolina. After completing a residency with Anderson Family Practice, Tom practiced medicine in Charleston until 1987 when he joined the Department of State as a Foreign Service medical officer. He served in Mali, Zambia, Nepal, and Russia before returning to the U.S.A. where he practiced medicine at VA clinics in South Carolina, Oregon, and Idaho. He was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the Carolina Yacht Club, the St. Cecilia Society, the Huguenot Society of S.C., and American Academy of Family Physicians. He volunteered with various free clinics such as Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Mercy in Zambia, Tibetan refugees in Nepal, and a Christian medical clinic in Haiti. He received the Department of State’s highest award for volunteerism in 1996. Tom’s avocation was writing, especially poetry and children’s stories. He published his first children’s book, Fali, two years ago. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Hansen Lucas, 101 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29401; his son, Thomas Lawman Lucas III, M.D. (Rives); two daughters, Georgia Lee Giles (Scott Stewart) and Leslie Holmes Lucas; grandchildren, Grace, Anna, Georgia, Mack Adam, Ben, and Alex; two sisters, Jen Hill Lucas and Alexandra Rose Lucas; and brother, Baron Holmes Lucas.
Aubrey Frank Lancaster ’63, of Ooltewah, Tenn., died July 26, 2007, after a brief illness. Aubrey was retired from SCT, Inc. and Corley Manufacturing, Co. He was a member of New Hope Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Lancaster. Survivors include his wife, Michael Jean Lancaster, 8507 Streamside Dr., Ooltewah, TN 37363-9468; son, Frank Hilton Lancaster (Susan); daughter, Elizabeth Lancaster Hopson (Anthony); six grandchildren, Michael Tabb Lancaster, Thomas Aubrey Lancaster, Gary Paul Hopson, Sam Anthony Hopson, Maxfield Hilton Lancaster, and Rachel Elizabeth Hopson; father, Hilton Lancaster; three sisters, Arlene White (Albert), Claire Rosanne Lyford (Bill), and Suzanne Roberson (Sonny); and several nieces and nephews.
William Keith “Bill” Sharp ’66, of Lakeland, Fla., died Sept. 28, 2005. Bill graduated with a degree in history from Davidson with the Class of 1968. Cathy Neel, his cousin, remembered how he took care of his aunt, Rebecca Keith. He owned two poodles, Prissy and Pitty, and he enjoyed his lifetime church, First Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Crighton “Buddy” Newsom ’68, of Hebron, Ky., passed away Sept. 19 of cancer at his home. Buddy was a psychologist with the state of Ohio, working as chief psychologist at the Southwest Ohio Development Center for 15 years. He was also a member of the Greater Cincinnati Autism Society, was an accomplished scholar, and a gentle, caring clinician. A national leader in the field of autism, he did his Ph.D. work under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, the first person to show that autistic children can be taught to modify their behavior. Buddy was a lecturer and consultant to the Autism Society. Buddy was born in Galveston, Tex., on Oct. 27, 1945, to Don and Scotty Newsom. He was the second of their two sons and a football star at W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Tex. As a psychology student at Davidson, where he attended on a football scholarship, he saw a video on autistic children and was hooked.
Buddy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Davidson, a master’s from UNC Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in psychology at UCLA. He began his career treating autistic and developmentally disabled patients at Camarillo State Mental Hospital in California. He edited and contributed to books on autism and served as associate editor of many professional journals including Applied Behavioral Analysis. He worked as a staff psychologist at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown and Stony Brook, N.Y., was director of education at The May Institute in Chatham, Mass., director of psychology and clinical services at Muscatatuck State Development Center in Indiana, and an adjunct professor at Xavier University’s psychology department from 1999 until his death. Buddy’s family joked that he would read anything within three feet of him. He loved to fix things around the house and visit the hardware store, where he walked up and down each aisle so as not to miss anything. He enjoyed playing golf and was a self-taught photographer. He also loved classical music and held a subscription to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Christine A. Hovanitz, 2219 Kyle Dr., Hebron, KY 41048; a son, Philip Newsom ’09; and brother, Don Atlas Newsom.
Petty Officer First Class SEAL Joshua Thomas Harris ’94, of Virginia Beach, Va., died Aug. 30 in a combat operation in Afghanistan. Josh was born in Chapel Hill on Apr. 19, 1972, to Dr. Sam R. Harris and Evelyn Long Harris, 6182 E. U.S. Highway 64, Lexington, NC 27292. He graduated from Lexington Senior High School and Davidson with a degree in studio art. He went on to pursue a master’s degree in architecture from UNC Charlotte and enlisted in the Navy in August 2000. He had extensive training to become a Navy SEAL and was awarded the Bronze Star after one of his many missions. Surviving are his parents; his twin sister, Kiki Harris; brother, S. Ranchor Harris III (Serine); two nephews, Dylan and Chase; and uncles and aunts, Thomas Veach and Sveta Long, Randy and Penny Overby, and Tom and Marci Harris.