William Garvin Cole, Jr. '35 passed away March 2, 2008, in Nashville, Tenn. Engineer, soldier, aviator, author, and inventor, Cole loved Nashville from the moment he, Margie, and their young family moved there in 1952. Born in Canton, N.C., on April 14, 1915, Cole graduated from North Carolina State University in 1936 with a degree in ceramic engineering. Among his numerous positions and accomplishments, he was vice-president of corporate development for Ferro Fiber Glass, the company that brought him to Nashville to build a fiberglass plant; CEO of McDowell Enterprises; president of General Smelting and Refining; president of Recom Plastics; and president of Jones Homes. As a founder of Junior Achievement in Nashville, Cole was especially proud of the positive influence that organization had and continues to have on young lives throughout the community. He was instrumental in the United Givers Fund, the predecessor to United Way, and numerous other charitable, civic, and business groups, including the City Sales Club. Cole is survived by his lovely wife of 66 years, Margaret B. Cole, 504 Elmington Ave., Nashville, TN 37205-2508; daughter, Constance Cole Goodbread (Mike); sons, William G. Cole III (Gwen) and John Charles Cole; a sister, Edith Cole Goodman; four grandchildren, Michael Eugene Goodbread, Jr. (Lisa), Charles William Goodbread (Michelle), Amanda Cole Goodbread, and John Jacob Goodbread (Sarah); five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Robert King, Jr. '37 died in Durham, N.C., on Feb. 22. He was born in Richmond, Va., on Aug. 24, 1915, to the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Robert King 1906. A graduate of Davidson, he spent 60 years as a stockbroker. Retiring as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy, King served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was a past president of the Lions Club in Durham. He was also active for 68 years in the Gideons International, serving as local, state, and international officer. He was an elder at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church. King was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Helen Ayers King. He is survived by his second wife of 12 years, Catherine M. King, 2801 Carmel Rd., Charlotte, NC 28226-6393; his children, Robert King III '66 (Yvonne); Ellen King Wiser (Clark); and Mary King Milks (Buddy). In addition, he has three grandchildren, Brook Galvin (John), Rebekah Collette (John), and Andrew Wiser '98 (Dru).
Richard H. Lindsey '38, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., passed away on Feb. 19. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, A'Woods Devereaux Lindsey, and is survived by their children, Ann Clarke, Dick Lindsey '68 (Nancy), 1718 Forestdale Dr., Richmond, VA 23235, and Gray Lindsey '75 (Jana); grandchildren Lindsey '92, Brandon '96, Beth '96, Drew '99, Kate, Matt, and Jake; and eight great-grandchildren. Lindsey was the third of four sons born to Jacob and Annie Lindsey. The eldest and only surviving brother, Julian, has been his constant encourager through failing health. A lifelong United Methodist, Lindsey was a graduate of Davidson, a WWII veteran, and a manager of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. until he retired in Spartanburg, S.C., before moving to Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Walter S. Pharr '38, of Winter Park, Fla., died peacefully on March 2, surrounded by his family. He was a native of North Carolina and a graduate of Davidson. He was transferred to Orlando during World War II as a pilot in the Air Force; he served in New Guinea as a squadron commander, flying the P-38 and the P-61 Night Fighter, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel. Pharr entered the real estate business in 1946 and worked in that industry for over 40 years. He helped organize and served as director of Habitat for Humanity of Orlando. He was also president of Orlando Board of Realtors, president of YMCA of Central Florida, chairman of Orange County Planning and Zoning Commission, president of Orlando Rotary, and director of Frontline Outreach. As an elder of First Presbyterian Church, he served on the denomination's Board of World Missions for many years. During that time, he and Janet traveled to all the church's mission fields around the world. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Janet Pharr, 1814 Summerfield Rd., Winter Park, FL 32792; children, Suzanne Martin (Bob), Cynthia Brackett (Joe), Walter Pharr, Jr. (Jan), and Beverly Meadors (Dan); seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Hunter Pharr '37 and Dux Pharr '45.
Thomas Albert "T.A." Hackney, Sr. '40, a lifelong resident of Lake City, Fla., died Jan. 30 at his residence following an extended illness. The son of the late Walter M. and Ruth McLaren Hackney, he joined the United States Army and served during WW II after graduating from Davidson, and ultimately retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Florida National Guard. Hackney owned and operated Hackney Brothers, a farm tractor and implement company, for many years. In his spare time Hackney enjoyed fishing and collecting golf balls. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he served as church treasurer for 30 years; the Lake City Rotary Club; was a board member of the Life South Blood Bank; and was involved in many other local civic organizations. Hackney is survived by his wife of 62 years, Tommy Lou Johnson Hackney, P.O. Box 3628, Lake City, FL 32056; two sons, Thomas Albert Hackney, Jr. and Tim Walter Hackney (Julie); and two daughters, Georgia Hackney-Smith (Stephen) and Martha Ruth Cox (Cary). Seven granddaughters, a grandson, two great-grandsons, and a great-granddaughter also survive.
Kenneth Murchison McIntyre '40 died April 21. Born May 15, 1917, in Red Oak, N.C., he was the son of Nettie Eula Ellen and Kenneth Henry McIntyre. He graduated from Davidson, and then traveled to East St. Louis where he learned to fly. He enlisted in the Navy in 1941 and was stationed in London, England, until the United States entered the war. After six months of duty in Iceland, he returned home and attended flight school in Pensacola, Fla., where he earned his wings. He was a pilot and flight instructor for the remainder of the war, including six months in the Pacific after the war ended. He married Pattie Graves Bartee on Dec. 18, 1943. They moved to Chapel Hill in 1948 where he earned his master's degree and worked for the university as head of the audio visual bureau for 37 years. He was an avid photographer and loved planes, trains, and boats. After retiring from the University of North Carolina, he served in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary for many years. He was passionate about public education, racial equality, the Democratic Party, which he regarded as the party of the working people, and the university. Most of all, he cherished his beloved wife Pattie, who died in 2001 after 57 years of marriage. During his retirement, he wrote a book about his Navy years called The Land From Which We Sprung. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Bartee McIntyre Lefler (Charles), 568 E. Main St., Brevard, NC 28712; his grandchildren, Nathan Sumner Lefler, Jason McIver Lefler, Ida Page Lefler Gallimore, Miriam Deems Lefler, and by their wives and husbands. He had seven great-grandchildren. He was from a family of nine: four sisters are living and many nieces and nephews. He spent the last two years of his life in Brevard where his daughter lives with her husband, but he was flown back to Chapel Hill to be laid to rest beside Pattie, who was the love of his life.
Carl G. Howie '41, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died on Feb. 11. He had been an ordained Presbyterian minister for 64 years. He was also an Old Testament scholar and author who held a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. Howie was born on Aug. 28, 1920, in Lancaster County, S.C., the eighth of nine children. He graduated from Davidson (A.B. history) and Union Theological Seminary (master's in theology) before he was ordained in 1944. Howie began his ministry as a Navy and Marine Corps chaplain in the Pacific during WWII and in China after the war. Beginning in 1949 and for the ensuing 36 years, Howie served as pastor for Presbyterian congregations in Lynchburg, Va.; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, Calif.; and Detroit and Dearborn, Mich. Following his retirement from full-time ministry in 1985, Howie served as interim pastor for a number of congregations in the greater Tampa/St. Petersburg area, including a 16-month period as pastor for Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Clearwater. Until recently, he regularly taught Bible study classes at Westminister Suncoast Retirement Community, where his wife and he have lived since 2000. While studying at Johns Hopkins in 1947 with Dr. W.F. Albright, Howie was involved with the original verification of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Biblical era documents discovered in caves near the Dead Sea that year. Beginning in 1956, Howie made several trips to the Middle East to study these important historical documents. His knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, and other ancient languages enabled him to play a significant role in the early study of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Based on his onsite study, he wrote The Dead Sea Scrolls And The Living Church which was published in 1958. Other books he wrote included God in the Eternal Present, Ezekiel Daniel Laymen's Bible Commentary, The Old Testament Story, and The Creative Era Between The Testaments. In 1995 he organized the Carl Howie Center For The Study Of Science, Art, and Theology at Union Theological Seminary. Howie is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Jean Lewis Howie, 6909 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Apt. 382, St. Petersburg, FL 33705-6287; his three children, Gordon, Lewis, and Anna; and his three grandchildren, Kenneth, Claire, and Paul, who all miss him deeply.
William Brooks Tyson, Jr. '42, of Florence, S.C., died Feb. 5. He was born in Florence on March 10, 1921, the eldest child of the late W. Brooks Tyson and Georgie Stackley Tyson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marion T. Tomlinson, and brothers, George S. Tyson '43 and Duncan W. Tyson. He is survived by three children, Christine T. Urquhart, Elizabeth A. McGucken, and William B. Tyson III; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty T. Rhame. At Davidson, he was a member of Phi Gamma Mu political science honor fraternity and lettered in tennis. Upon graduation, he began his professional studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law, but was interrupted by the war. Seaman Recruit Tyson volunteered for the U.S. Navy the month following Pearl Harbor. Subsequently, the Navy called him to active duty, assigned him to Midshipman's School at Columbia University, and upon completion, commissioned him as an officer. Lieutenant Tyson saw extensive combat duty in World War II, including both the Atlantic and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters. He participated in seven major invasions including Kwajalein, Eniwetok, the Marshall and Mariana Islands, Iwo Jima, and the biggest D-Day ever: Okinawa. He commanded assault boats, became an aide to Admiral Turner, was the executive officer of the USS Chilula, served on the Com Phibs Pac Staff and the USS Custer. Commander Tyson was discharged with over 40 years combined of overseas war duty and peacetime reserve service. After the war, he continued in the Navy serving as the executive officer and later, the commanding officer, of the Naval Reserve unit in Florence and twice attended the Naval War College. He was an active member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Tyson graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1948, third in his class. He was a member of the Seldon Society, the Honor Court, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Wig and Robe. He played on the university's tennis team and was the first editor-in-chief of the South Carolina Law Quarterly (South Carolina Law Review Volume One). Tyson furthered his education by completing a master's in law (L.L.M.) from Harvard University with a concentration in taxation and estate planning. While in Boston, he met and courted the love of his life, Phyllis M. Angell, to whom he was married for almost 58 years beginning on Sept. 17, 1949 until her death in 2007. Attorney Tyson was admitted to the Bar in 1948 and practiced law in Florence for over 57 years. At the time of his retirement, he was the senior attorney in Florence County. He served as a special master-in-equity a number of times. Judge Tyson was the United States commissioner (magistrate judge) for the District of South Carolina for 18 years. He is best remembered as an expert in property law, a scholar of the first rank, a patriot, and for his great sense of humor. He was a former deacon, Sunday school superintendent, and 88-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Florence and its Lawson-Rain class. He was a past president and life member of the Optimist Club, as well as the discussion group he founded. He was an Elk and a Master Mason.
Arthur W. Roach '48, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away peacefully after a lengthy battle with COPD, on March 18. Born on Feb. 22, 1922, in Union County, S.C., he was a son of the late Samuel Thomas and Myrtle Hudson Roach. Surviving are his wife, Edna Mae Parker Roach, 518 Briarwood Dr., Mooresville, N.C. 28115; two sons, Tim F. Roach (Jeanne) and Gary A. Roach (Judy); five grandchildren, Cristy Coffey, Amy Ridling, Brian Roach, Wesley Roach '99, and Jill Alexander; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah Coffey, Riley Alexander, Maddie Ridling, and Laura Coffey. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Ethel Goodnight Roach; his brother, Sam; and sisters, Lillie Hossack and Vera Lawson. For the last several years of his life, Art was blessed to be part of a second family after he married Edna Mae Parker. From the Parkers, he is survived by a stepson, Douglas (Leigh) and step-grandson, Jakob; and stepdaughters, Terri (Roy Brannon) and step-grandchildren, Jade and Hailey, and Janet (David Robinson) and step-granddaughters, Keri (Justin Anderson) and Erin Parker. Due to family circumstances, Roach was raised at Barium Springs Orphanage in Barium Springs, after a couple of years at Alexander Children's Home in Charlotte. He retired in 1990, after working as an estimator/project manager for 45 years with several Piedmont construction companies. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville and its Willing Workers Sunday School Class. He had been a member at First Presbyterian Church, though for years he was an active member and elder at Fieldstone Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Art enjoyed sports all his life. Having been a gifted athlete in several sports in high school, Art attended Davidson on a football scholarship, before being called to serve in the Army Air Corps in World War II. For many of his adult years, he played softball and was an avid golfer. His love of sports transferred to his sons and grandchildren, whose games he faithfully attended. In the past few years, he enjoyed designing and building furniture, Shanghai rummy, jigsaw puzzles, and working on his computer.
David Shepperson Jr. '49, of Murray, Ky., died April 1 in Murray. He was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Lake Village, Ark. He was a retired Presbyterian minister. Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Rev. Elizabeth Louise Travis Shepperson, 914 Bagwell Ave., Murray, KY 42071-3018; two daughters, Grace Bass and Dorothy Morgan; one brother, Robert Rankin Shepperson; one sister, Dorothy Payne; four stepchildren; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Clarence "Bub" R. Wilcox, Jr. '49, of Rome, Ga., passed away Aug. 15, 2008, at his residence. Wilcox was born in Floyd County on Aug. 20, 1926, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. C. R. Wilcox, Sr. 1911. He was a graduate of Davidson and Emory Medical School. Prior to graduating from Davidson, he served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a practicing ob-gyn doctor for over 30 years with the Norton Women's Clinic, retiring in 1994. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Harriette S. Wilcox, on Nov. 12, 2001. Survivors include two sisters, Betty Gray Wilcox and Jane Wilcox Smith (Doug); one brother, Newton Wilcox; one daughter, Cathy Wilcox Reece (Hollis), 6 Windsor Rd. S.W., Rome, GA 30165-8555; two sons, Louis Wilcox (Anne) and Bill Wilcox (Tami); and eight grandchildren, Hallie Reese, Cate Reese, Louis Wilcox, Jr., Ramsey Wilcox, Price Wilcox, Wesley Wilcox, Claire Wilcox, and Roth Wilcox.
John Borden Evans '50 died Jan. 29 at his home in Davidson, N.C. His legacy reflects his deep passion and commitments to family and friends, Christian faith and stewardship, race relations, higher education, ecumenism, and world peace. He was born at home on May 12, 1929, in Laurinburg, N.C., the third child of Anne Livingston Borden Evans and Erasmus Hervey Evans. After graduating from Davidson, he attended Yale University and graduated from Union Theological Seminary (Va.) in 1954, the year he was ordained as minister of word and sacrament. His first call was to Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, S.C., the city where he met his bride, Peggy. He also attended the University of Edinburgh for graduate studies. His life and ministry included teaching Bible at Davidson and pastorates in Auburn, Ala., where he was deeply involved in the civil rights movement, and later in Chatham, Va. Through the 1960s and 1970s, he served as an executive officer for the Presbyterian Church with posts in Richmond, Va., with the Board of Christian Education, and the General Assembly Mission Board in Atlanta, Ga. From 1988-1994, he led New Harmony Presbytery in Florence, S.C., in an important season of race relations, reconciliation, and renewal. Other important ministry positions included philanthropic work with the National Council of Churches and southern, black colleges, and as a pastor in New Zealand. He retired to Davidson in 1994. In his retirement, he served as interim pastor for Presbyterian churches in the Carolinas. Throughout his life, he served as a trustee for Woodberry Forest School (Va.), Montreat (N.C.), Union Seminary (Va.), and Presbyterian School of Christian Education. He served numerous years on committees and in leadership for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He also served on the board and as chairman of Jarvie Commonweal Services, helping senior citizens in the New York City area. He was a member of Providence Presbytery in South Carolina. Siblings include Erasmus Hervey Evans, Jr. (deceased), Ann Evans McIver, McNair Evans (deceased), and Murphy Evans. He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Margaret "Peggy" Wier Evans, 148 Morrison Hill Rd., Davidson, NC 28036; their five children and spouses, John Evans, Jr. '79 (Beth Neville), Alex Evans '80 (Ginger Taylor Evans '80), David Evans '82 (Becky), Margaret Evans Goode '83 (Mike '83), and Edwin Evans '85 (Jill). He is also survived by grandchildren, Eliza, Patrick, Jason, Sandy Evans '05, Kate Dahl Evans '05, Mary Katherine Evans Rordam '07, Gardner Rordam '07, Ginny Evans '11, Ben, Matthew, Carly, Molly, Wilson, Sam, and Nathan. Memorial contributions may be made to Davidson College Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 337, Davidson, NC 28036.
Daniel Douglas Rice '50, of Greenville, S.C., died Feb. 9. Born in Yemassee, S.C., he was the son of the late Daniel W. Rice, Sr. and Annie Belle Carson Rice. He spent his boyhood in Bennettsville, S.C., and later lived in Savannah; Montgomery, Ala.; and Atlanta. He retired as a sales representative with Amoco Oil to Jefferson, where he was a member of Jefferson Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Davidson, where he played varsity football, was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity for over 50 years, and continued to have a great love and devotion for Davidson. He was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force during World War II, was a prisoner of war in Germany, and was a decorated war hero and recipient of the Purple Heart. Rice was preceded in death by sisters, Willie Mae Poplin and Margie Patterson; brothers, Clarence "Jack" Edward Rice, James Webster Rice, Daniel Webster Rice, Jr.; and a longtime friend, Sumner Smith. Survivors include several caring nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Davidson College Athletic Foundation, P.O. Box 7172, Davidson, NC 28035-7172.
Benedict Yates McConnell '51, formerly of Wilkesboro, N.C., died unexpectedly on March 20, 2006. Born in Gastonia, N.C., on Oct. 30, 1929, he was the son of the late Dr. Harvey Russell McConnell and Ruby Yates McConnell. McConnell spent most of his working career with Lowe's Companies, Inc., in store management and, later, in human resources. He was an active Presbyterian church member in the cities in which he lived, an exuberant Boy Scout leader during his sons' youth, and an avid supporter of several animal protection organizations. McConnell is survived by his beloved wife and friend of 55 years, Margaret Holmes McConnell; son, Franklin Y. McConnell (Zia) and sons, Brighton and Forrest; son, F. Lee McConnell (Charlotte) and daughter, Katie, and son, Austin; son, Alan H. McConnell (Sharon) and daughter, Anna, and son, Yates; and son, Clayton R. McConnell (Libby) and son, Ian, and daughter, Clare. Also surviving is his sister, Sally M. Robinson. His brother, Harvey R. McConnell '49 of Midhurst, England, passed away April 10.
David Oren Montgomery, Jr. '53, of Statesville, N.C., passed away March 23 at his home following a year-long battle with cancer. He was born on June 6, 1931, in Statesville to Dr. David Oren Montgomery, Sr. and Nora Neal Foard Montgomery, who preceded him in death. On Dec. 20, 1952, he married the former Audrey Jane Loftin, 2514 Heritage Cir., Statesville, NC 28625, who survives. Other survivors include the couple's three children, David Oren Montgomery III, Claire M. Bailey '78 (David '77), and William T. Montgomery. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by four grandchildren, Erin Cantey Bailey, Allison Neal Bailey, John Montgomery Bailey, and William Thomas Montgomery, Jr; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Philip L. and Martha "Pat" H. Loftin; and two cousins, Lucy Foard McCall and Barbara Foard Freiman. As a young man, Montgomery was active in Scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Davidson, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and graduated with a degree in business. Following graduation from Davidson, he joined the staff of Merchants and Farmers Bank in Statesville, which later merged with North Carolina National Bank. He enjoyed a 30-year career in banking, working his way through the ranks to the position of vice president. In later years, he worked in both the insurance and real estate business. Dave was a life-long member of Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, and a faithful member of the usher team until his health began to fail. His community activities included membership in the Jaycees and the Statesville Kiwanis Club, where he served as treasurer for many years and was active in the club's money-raising and service projects, such as the Iredell County Fair and the Tar Heel Classic Horse Show. He was also active with local chapters of the American Heart Association and the United Way. Dave enjoyed golf, and was an avid Davidson and N.C. State basketball fan, as well as a Panthers fan.
Henry Mills Higgins '54, of Roswell, Ga., died Nov. 1. He was born in Statesville, was a retired salesman, a longtime resident of Dekalb County, a sharpshooter in the Army during the Korean War, and was a very special friend of Bill W. for more than 25 years. He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Jane Luffy, 15382 Twin Creeks Ct., Centerville, VA 20120-3742; daughter, Patricia Louise Higgins-Thomas; brother, Bryan B. Higgins; sister, Virginia Palmer; and grandchildren, Samantha M. Luffy, Scott Higgins Luffy, Sean M. Luffy, Sarah E. Luffy, and Kathleen Higgins-Thomas.
James "Jim" Edward Fisher '55 passed away at his home Jan. 19 in Hickory, N.C. He was born April 23, 1929, to the late B.A. Fisher and Dovie Barringer Fisher in Kannapolis. He graduated from Davidson. Fisher served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. In 1955, he moved to Hickory and was employed by First National Bank of Catawba County. In 1962, he joined First Savings and Loan Association of Hickory and worked there until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of Corinth Reformed Church. Fisher was a former Scout leader in Kannapolis, where the Scout Hut was named in his honor. He took pride in that Troop Two was from his church. Fisher is survived by his wife, Ruth Fisher, 125 49th Ave. Place NW, Hickory, NC 28601-9349; two daughters, Linda M. Sain (Edward T. Sain) and Monta Maki-Curry (Clayton S. Curry); three brothers and one sister, Karl E. Fisher '44 (Annie Ruth Brinkley Fisher), B.A. Fisher Jr. '49 (Mary Margaret Helms Fisher), the Reverand C. Larry Fisher, and Margaret Ann Fisher Griggs; grandchildren, Michael Gordon Kilby (Tierza B. Kilby), David Clinton Kilby (Haley Yauk-Kilby), and Ginger Sain Harrelson (Adam Harrelson); and two great-grandchildren, Braxton B. Kilby and Isabella Kate Harrelson.
Richard H. Lovette, Sr. '55, of Elizabethton, Tenn., died Feb. 5 following a brief illness. He was a native of New York, N.Y., and was the son of the late Frank Henry Lovette and Virginia Hendrickson Lovette. Lovette was a graduate of Davidson, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and was on the cross country team, and a 1964 graduate of the University of Tennessee. He worked as an electrical engineer for Western Electric and the Elizabethton Electric System until his retirement in 1996. He was an avid sports fan and loved cats and antique cars. He attended the First United Methodist Church of Elizabethton. He was a member of the Elizabethton Moose Lodge and a former member of the Elizabethton Rotary Club. Richard was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Phyllis Williams Lovette, 214 West F St., Elizabethton, TN 37643; a son, Richard Lovette, Jr.; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
F. Leon Howell '57, an author and essayist who was the last editor of the influential liberal-tilting journal Christianity and Crisis, died Feb. 26 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. He had suffered the past 14 years from a viral spinal infection that was never fully diagnosed. Howell had contributed to Christianity and Crisis since its peak in the late 1960s, when it was a leading critic of the Vietnam War. He was editor from 1985 until it folded in 1993. He told the New York Times it was the high cost of postage and health insurance more than any theological dispute that prompted the closing of the publication, which theologian Reinhold Niebuhr founded in 1941. In retirement, Howell helped organize an annual week-long seminar at the Ghost Ranch conference center in New Mexico called "Discerning the Signs of the Times," named after an anthology of Niebuhr's sermons. Howell's books included Freedom City: The Substance of Things Hoped For (1969), about the struggle for black tenant farmers in Mississippi to start their own community, and Asia, Oil Politics and the Energy Crisis (1974), written with Michael Morrow. Howell was a native of Copperhill, Tenn., and a graduate of Davidson. After Army service in South Korea, where he was an editor for Stars and Stripes newspaper, he returned home after hitchhiking through Asia and the Middle East. In the 1960s, he graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York and became the New York-based communications secretary for the University Christian Movement, an effort to create an interdenominational association of campus ministries nationwide. He spent four years as a freelance reporter in Singapore before settling in the Washington area in 1975. He was a board member and secretary of International Relief and Development, a non-governmental aid organization based in Arlington County, and an elder at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Smith Howell, 1412 Stateside Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20903, whom he married in 1965; two daughters, Marya Lee Howell '91 (Jeff Kniple) and Leah Ruth Howell '89 (Josh Moga); a sister; a brother; and three grandchildren.
Charles Raymond Atkinson '59, of Clemmons, N.C., passed away Aug. 13, 2008. He was born in Charlotte on May 27, 1933, to Eugene Douglas and Annie Theodora Atkinson, Sr. After serving as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, he attended and graduated from Davidson. He had a multifaceted work-life but most of all thrived on teaching Sunday school for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Atkinson, 5540 Moravian Heights Ln., Clemmons, NC 27012-8382; daughter, Penny; granddaughters, Gabrielle and Kassie; and a brother, Eugene Douglas Atkinson, Jr.
Charles Chastain '59 passed away on April 12, 2007. Born in Tampa, Fla., Chastain received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Before joining the philosophy department at the University of Illinois Chicago in 1974, he taught at Princeton, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, UCLA, Cornell University, and the University of Toronto. Chastain's principal interests were in epistemology, philosophy of language, and ethics-but his expertise extended far beyond those areas, and one could learn from discussing virtually any area of philosophy with him. His main publication is the highly influential "Reference and Context" in the Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. VII, Language, Mind, and Knowledge. After 1975, Chastain continued to contribute philosophically as a teacher and in conversation with colleagues, students, and friends. Many leading philosophers credit Chastain for the contributions he made to their thought.
Ernest Robert "Bob" Meier '59 died March 30, 2008, at his home in Albany, Ga. He was born in New York City and moved to Fort Pierce in 1953, recently returning to Albany. He owned and operated Fort Pierce Great Valu. He served in the Army. He was a member of the Lions Club, Elks Club, and the American Legion. He graduated from Florida State University. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Meier; son, Ernest Meier; mother, Elsie Meier; brother, Ronald Meier; and sister, Elsa Jerdeman. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Dawn Nelson Meier.
David Harris Dillard '63 passed away Jan. 27 in Georgia.
James "Jay" Otey Hoge, Jr. '66, of Blacksburg, Va., passed away at his home on Nov. 20, 2007. He was born on Aug. 2, 1944, to James Otey Hoge and Marian Barnett Hoge. He was descended from a long line of prominent Southwest Virginia families such as the Kents, McGavocks, and Cloyds. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Carol Flynn Hoge; his son, James Tyler Otey Hoge; and four stepchildren, David Flynn, Julie Flynn Ligon, Sean Patrick Flynn, and Jud Christopher Flynn. Hoge held degrees from VA Tech, where he graduated first in his class in 1966, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. He taught in the English department at the University of Georgia and at VA Tech. He became a full professor at VA Tech and taught Victorian literature, romantic literature, and a variety of other courses. His literary accomplishments include, editor of The Letters of Emily Lord Tennyson, Lady Tennyson's Journal, Literary Reviewing, The Diaries of James Armistead Otey, and co-editor of The Letters of Caroline Norton to Lord Melbourne. While at VA Tech he was co-editor and then editor of the literary journal, Review, for 25 years. Near the end of his career at VA Tech, Hoge established the Hilbert H. Campbell scholarship, which is given annually to a deserving undergraduate English major. He was a longtime member of the VA Tech German Club, in which his mother and father were also prominently involved. He served on the Smithfield Plantation Board of Directors and was involved in many other community projects. He granted easements to the Sunnyside-Toms Creek Veterans Association and the Brush Mountain Miners Association, both of which erected memorials on his land. Hoge and his wife, Carol, have been long-time animal lovers and care givers to many unwanted animals over the years, and they are members of Animal Hope Alliance.
Roger D. Duttweiler '68, of Florence, S.C., died July 31, 2008. He was born Jan. 5, 1946, in Flushing, N.Y., to Ruth Newman Duttweiler and the late Herbert Duttweiler. Duttweiler was a graduate of Davidson with a B.A. in English literature. He served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 32 years, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He taught school in Dover Plains, N.Y., for 30 years. He then went on to teach for three years in Bangkok, Thailand, and came to Florence, S.C., in 2005 to teach English at Trinity Collegiate School. Surviving, in addition to his mother and his wife, Sawong Duttweiler, 438 Quail Pointe Dr., Florence, SC 29501, are his daughter, Apple Promin; grandson, Nolan Promin; sister, Jean Walker; and brother, Robert Duttweiler.
Michael A. Maloy '70, an All-American basketball star at Davidson in the late 1960s who went on to play in the old American Basketball Association and in Europe, died Feb. 3. An Austrian Press Agency report says Maloy died of what is described as a serious case of the flu at his home in Vienna, Austria, where he worked as a teacher and coach at the American International School. Maloy, a New York City native, was one of the first standout African American athletes at Davidson and one of the school's all-time sports greats. He played at a time when the team was a fixture in post-season NCAA basketball tournaments. He once appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was on the 1968 and 1969 teams that went to the final eight of the NCAA tournament, barely losing to the University of North Carolina in both years' East Regional finals. After a standout career at Davidson, where he played under coaches Lefty Driesell and Terry Holland '64, Maloy was drafted in 1970 by the Boston Celtics. He left school before graduating. Instead of joining the Celtics, he decided to play for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. In 1976 he became the first American to play professionally in Austria, joining the team UBSC Vienna. He led that team to the championship four times. In 1980, he became an Austrian citizen and played for the Austrian national team. He later became a coach and teacher. Apart from his love of basketball, he also was a blues musician, playing bass in the Boring Blues Band. He is survived by a son, Ryan, and his former partner, Edith. According to an official biography from Davidson's sports information department, Maloy led the Wildcats to three straight Southern Conference championships and three straight NCAA tournaments. In 1969, he averaged 24.6 points and 14.3 rebounds a game.
Thomas E. Stewart '73, of Palatine, Ill., passed away Oct. 7. He was the beloved husband of Norma Stewart, 592 W. Parkside Dr., Palatine, IL 60067-9027; loving father of Thomas "T" (Olivia), Tracy (Dan), and Shawn (Cindy); proud grandfather of Ethan, Vivian, and Jake; and fond brother of John, Dean, and Grace.
Ronald Clayton Page '74 passed away Sept. 15, 2004.
Richard "Ric" E. Campbell '76, husband of Sherri Brady Campbell, 105 Beechwood Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29307, passed away after a brief illness, Feb. 18. Campbell was born June 25, 1954, in Greenville, S.C., and was a son of Allen H. and Margaret Burns Campbell. He was a graduate of Davidson and a 1981 graduate of MUSC College of Dentistry. Campbell was an associate of Satterfield, Satterfield, and Campbell, DMD, and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. In addition to his wife and parents, Campbell is survived by a daughter, Allee Campbell; a brother, Mitch Campbell; two sisters; Tam Gregory (Clark) and Shari Turner; a niece, Sallie Gregory; and two nephews, Wil Gregory and Alec Turner.