William Robert "Bob" Morrow, Jr. '33, died peacefully May 25 in High Point, N.C. A resident of High Point all his life, Morrow was born Sept. 16, 1912, the son of Deborah Sherrod Morrow and William Robert Morrow. He graduated from Davidson, majoring in business and English. He served as circulation manager for the Davidsonian, lettered in tennis, and was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a veteran of World War II, serving four years as lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters. He served on a helicopter carrier for antisubmarine work and air sea rescue in the Atlantic and on the AKA 63 Theenin, an assault ship, in the Pacific. For 43 years of his business career, he was vice president of Sherrod Shirt Company and in sales for Anvil Brand, Inc. He operated Morrow Associates Apparel Sales from 1975 to 1998. He was an honorary lifetime member of the National Association of Wholesale Apparel Salesmen and a member of Men's Apparel Club of Carolinas and the American Garment Manufacturer's Association. Joining in 1948, he was the oldest and longest serving member of the High Point Rotary Club. He served three terms on the board of directors and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served on the board of directors of the Salvation Army Boys Club and the Uwharrie District Boy Scouts Council. He served in various campaigns for United Way, Red Cross, YMCA, and High Point Regional Hospital. He was also a member of the American Legion. An avid tennis player all his life, he played until age 84, when his vision failed. He was a lifelong member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities including the board of trustees, the administrative board, the "70" visitation group, the evangelism commission, as well as having taught Sunday school. He was a loyal member of the adult fellowship class for well over 50 years. As a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, he was known for his positive outlook, gentle nature, and delightful sense of humor. His beloved wife of over 57 years, Marjorie McKay Morrow, passed away May 9, 2008. He will be deeply missed by his two daughters and their families, Mollie M. Day (James M. Day), 2105 Fallon Oaks Ct., Raleigh, NC 27608-1676; and Debbie M. Day (John M. Day); and grandchildren, Emily Sherrod Day, James Matthew Day, Wesley Robert Day, John Michael Day, Jr., and Ashley Morrow Day. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and sisters-in-law, Carolyn McGoogan and Susie McKay. He was preceded in death by his only brother, A. Sherrod Morrow '32.
Francis Murray Mack, Jr. '37, of Rock Hill, S.C., went home to be with the Lord on April 11 due to heart failure. A native of Fort Mill, Mack was the son of the late Francis M. Mack, Sr. and Elizabeth Nims Mack. He was a retired chemist with the University of Florida and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #56 in Fort Mill, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Sons of the Confederacy, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, a member of the Retired Teachers of Polk County, a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and a member of the Mississippi State Guard. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Duke Mack, 745 Dilworth Ln., Apt. 125, Rock Hill, SC 29732-8199; one daughter, Iris Delores Talkington (John); one brother, William Mack; two grandchildren, Jason Talkington (Gaby) and Justin Talkington; and one great-grandchild, Kaitlyn Talkington.
C. Howard "Chubby" King '38 died peacefully on May 16 at Countryside Manor in Stokesdale, N.C. King was born April 16, 1917, to Nancy Howard and Walter Winburne King. He graduated from Greensboro Senior High in 1934 and received the McDaniel Lewis Athletic Trophy and the coveted PTA Best All-Around Student Trophy. At Davidson, he led a popular dance band, The Royal Kings, which also played summer gigs at Wrightsville Beach and the Grand Strand of South Carolina. After college he held jobs in the business arena, but with the advent of World War II, and upon the completion of officer training at Harvard, Lt. King was assigned to the newly formed Allied Air Transport Command, Southwest Pacific Troop Carrier's 54th Wing, in the spring of '42. King spent three years in New Guinea in operations support and then followed his wing through the liberation of the Philippines. Upon returning home he eventually enrolled at UNC Greensboro to qualify as a teacher and administrator in public education. He was a guidance counselor, taught civics, coached football, and co-assistant principal at Aycock and Mendenhall Middle Schools. In '74, King returned to Aycock as principal. He had earned a measure of fame for his Aycock football team, which played five years undefeated, and the accolade in an Aycock annual dedicated to him, "Mr. King is the most loved and cherished principal we could ever want," was a fitting epitaph for a career well chosen. In retirement, he loved to reminisce with friends, read, play golf, and enjoy other sports via TV. A daily companion was the Padgett's lovable toy poodle, Sammie, who claimed him as her personal property. A highlight of his retirement was an invitation from nephew, Curtis Smith, to accompany him around the world. King belonged to Civitan and the Democratic Party. He remained in touch with First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, which his parents helped to found. He was preceded in death by his parents; his older brother, Walter W. King, Jr. (Elizabeth "Bibbie" Yates King); his younger brother, Paul Noble King; and his double first cousins, Mary Elizabeth King Brown and her brother, John Washington King, Sr., killed in World War II. He is survived by his sister, Nancy Dixon King Smith, P.O. Box 1694, Davidson, NC 28036-1694; and his sister-in-law, Dacia Lewis King. A bachelor, King is also survived by cherished nephews, W. Winburne King III, Charles Yates King, C. Shaw Smith, Jr., Curtis Howard Smith '72, Graham Fennel Smith '77, and nieces, Elizabeth "Libby" King Prickette, Nancy Smith Gardner, and Mary Mignonette "Mary Mig" McEntire. Also surviving are his goddaughter, Susie Apple Padgett, and husband, Gary Padgett, whose home he shared in his last years and whose love and devotion sustained him, and finally his cherished and lifelong friend, Carl Ivan Carlson, Jr. '37.
William L. Andrews '39, formerly of Columbia and Spring Hill, Tenn., passed away in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Andrews.
P. Marshall Davidson '39, of Prestonsburg, Ky., passed away Aug. 15, 2007.
Marion M. Lanier '38, formerly of Madison and Birmingham, Ala., passed away April 29, 2006. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marcene Wilson Lanier, on Dec. 1, 2002.
William Hudson Borthwick '40, of Rocky Hill, Conn., died June 14. He was born in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Harry and Martha Hudson Borthwick. He attended Davidson and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. During World War II, he was first an architectural inspector for the U.S. Army Engineers at the Naval Air Base at Pitcairn Field, outside of Philadelphia. Then, he was in the Army Air Force Engineers for four years, three years of which were spent in the European Theater of Operations doing construction work at Air Force bases in England, France, Austria, and Germany. Borthwick worked summers during his high school and college years in architectural offices, and after graduation from college and the end of the war, he worked in several architectural offices in the Greater Hartford area. He had his own office and then worked for the State of Connecticut Department of Public Works for 24 years, 13 of which were as assistant chief of the architectural section and 10 years as chief. Borthwick was formerly a registered architect in Connecticut and Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Connecticut Society of Architects, the Hartford Society of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, the Kiwanis Club, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired in 1995. He married his wife, Frances Nichols Borthwick, of Hartford, in 1943. Mrs. Borthwick passed away in 2001. He has a son, Bruce Nichols Borthwick, 50 Cold Spring Rd., Apt. 327, Rocky Hill, CT 06067; and lived in Rocky Hill, at the Lodge at Cold Spring Retirement Residence.
Jean Fennell Wine, M.D., '41, of Bridgewater, Va., died May 24 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. Wine was born July 24, 1920, in Harrisonburg, and was the son of the late Dr. John Eugene and Nell Stuart Fennell Wine. He received his B.S. in science from Davidson. He earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1945 and served his internship in Baltimore and his residency in internal medicine in Richmond. He served our country in the U.S. Naval Reserve during World War II and the Korean War. Wine returned to Harrisonburg in 1950 and joined his father's medical practice. He retired in 1982 from the practice of Wine, Brunk, Rousell, and Yoder. He was a lifetime member of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church and served on the vestry as junior warden. He was a founding member and past president of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and past president of Fort Harrison. He also was a member of the Harrisonburg Lions Club, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, the Society of Mayflower Descendents, and the Jamestown Society. Dr. Wine farmed in the Keezletown area, raising Herefords and Charolais. After retirement, he continued his hobbies of gardening, family genealogy, and stamp collecting, which he started when he was eight years old. His only survivors are cousins, including Rob Shaw (Pam) and Mary Nell Shuford-Dobbie-Eckmann Anderson, 149 Cliffside Dr., Apt. 34, Wilmington, NC 28409, who was raised in the Wine home; his devoted caregivers of four years, Shirley Crawford, Crysi Crawford, Gale Lam, Bernice Bowers, Elaine Anderson, and Debbie Graham; and his lovable cat, "Miss Kitty."
William "Bill" Royce Allen '43 died March 7 at Asbury Place. He was very active member of Broadway United Methodist Church for 58 years. Allen was a WWII veteran and retired from Alcoa as a mechanical engineer after 33 years. He is preceded in death by a grandson, Allen Culberson. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Willie Rose Allen, 596 Pasteur Pl., Alcoa, TN 37701; twin daughters, Mary Morehead (Lance) and Edie Culberson (David); grandchildren, Morgan Hodson (Chad), Mason Morehead (Ryan), Wes Culberson (Jessica), and Kit Culberson; and a great-granddaughter, Darcy Hodson.
James Ralph Dunn, Jr '43, of Cary, N.C., died July 9. He was born in Sumter, S.C., on Nov. 19, 1923, to Ann Nash Dunn and Dr. James Ralph Dunn, Sr. Dunn was the eldest of four children and was preceded in death by his youngest brother, William Dunn. He received his bachelor's from Davidson in 1944, received his master's in physiology at Emory University, completed medical school and began his residency at Johns Hopkins, finished his residency and fellowship in general and thoracic surgery at Baylor with Drs. Denton Cooley and Michael DeBakey. Dunn was involved in World War II by driving a tank called the "Dixie Doughnut" into Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, and liberating the town along with the 16th Armored Infantry Division in May 1945. In 1966, he took time out from a busy surgical practice to volunteer to serve injured and sick Vietnamese civilians in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. Later, he achieved the rank of colonel after serving in the Army, the Army National Guard, and the Air Force. He spent his working career as a general and thoracic surgeon in private practice in Tarboro, N.C., and Laurinburg, N.C. In 1981, he rejoined the military to serve as a surgeon in the Air Force. He finished his surgical career as attending surgeon at the Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, N.C. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, playing the clarinet, making people laugh, and traveling. He is survived by his wife, Gail Bailey Dunn, 109 Miss Georgia Ct., Cary, NC 27511; and her two children, Jennifer Bailey Campbell and Joy Bailey Broughton (Paul). Dunn was preceded in death by his eldest son, James Ralph Dunn III. He is survived by his remaining four children (born to Louise Lofgren Dunn), John Dunn '76 (Jo), Mike Dunn (Robin), Laurie Dunn '77 (Crawford Crenshaw '76), and Scott Dunn (Rebecca). He is also survived by his brother, Shepard Nash Dunn '48 (Jenny), and sister, Alice Lightsey (Tann), and a special niece, Elaine D. Peake. He has 11 grandchildren and numerous other nieces and nephews.
Legh R. Scott Jr. '46, longtime Atlanta physician and cofounder of Northside Hospital, passed away July 14, after complications from recent surgery. He was 86 years old. Scott, the son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers, was born on July 21, 1922, in Valdosta, Ga. As a teenager, his family moved to Goldsboro, N.C., where he graduated from high school in 1939 before enrolling in Davidson. Scott's college career, like many of his generation, was interrupted by World War II, during which he served with distinction as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Third Army in Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat, as well as commendations for leadership and bravery. At the time of his final hospitalization, he proudly reported as part of his medical history the presence of "Nazi hardware" in his leg. Scott returned to Davidson following the war, where he graduated with honors. He attended Emory University's School of Medicine, graduating with honors in 1950. Following his residencies, Scott opened his medical practice in Atlanta, specializing in internal medicine. During his almost 40-year career, he was an integral part of the Atlanta medical community, and mentor to countless young doctors. He was also part of a group of visionary physicians whose efforts, beginning in 1962, led to the founding of Northside Hospital, today one of Atlanta's leading hospitals. Scott was a long-standing member of Northwest Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder, and he enjoyed playing golf and socializing with his many friends. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Jo Craven Scott, 1260 Hightower Trl., Apt. 302, Atlanta, GA 30350-6260; children, Neal C. Scott (Debra), David J. Scott, and Martha S. Swain (Bruce); three grandchildren, Margaret A. Swain, William W. Swain, and Josephine N. Swain; and his sister, Margaret S. Cathey.
John P. Walker, Jr. '47, of St. Inigoes, Md., died July 23 in Solomons, Md. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Frances "Lynne" Walker, P.O. Box 609, St. Inigoes, MD 20684; their two sons, John P. Walker III and James L. Walker; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Christopher B. '48 and Walter P. Walker '48. He was born in Lakeland, Fla., the eldest son of John and Virginia Proctor Walker. He grew up on the family farm in Fayette County, Tenn. He graduated from Davidson with a bachelor of science degree in physics and from Penn State University with a master of science degree in physics in 1950. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 as an aviation cadet, received his wings in 1944, and was a pilot in VF33 aboard carriers Sagamon and Chenango in the Pacific during the last year of World War II. Between 1950 and 1976, he worked for several defense contractors in the area of infrared reconnaissance systems. In 1976, the Walkers bought their cruising sailboat, Gusto. After a "dry run" to the Caribbean the next year, they set out on their circumnavigation of the Earth, finishing in 1982. This was followed by a tour of the Mediterranean as far east as the Greek island of Samos. Sensing that it was time to retire, the Walkers built their home on St. Inigoes Creek in 1990. He and his wife continued an active lifestyle, cruising with family and friends on the Chesapeake Bay, skiing in Alta, Utah, and traveling. He was a member of the United States Power Squadrons and the Southern Maryland Sailing Association.
William Orin Whitaker, Jr. '47, of Brewster, Mass., passed away June 23. He is survived by his wife, Bernadine B. Whitaker, 135 Vesper Pond Dr., Brewster, MA 02631; his two daughters, Sarah Whitaker and Leslie Whitaker; and two grandchildren.
Claude Shuford Abernethy, Jr. '48, of Hickory, N.C., died July 8 after an extended illness. Born April 26, 1927, in Hickory, he was the son of the late Claude S. Abernethy, Sr. and Iva Adair Abernethy. A lifelong member of Corinth Reformed Church in Hickory, he served with a number of church-related ministries of the United Church of Christ, including 49 years as a board member at Catawba College in Salisbury, a founding board member of United Church Homes and Services, Inc. in Newton, and a board member with Johns River Valley Camp in Collettsville. Abernethy took early admission to Davidson, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He also received his master's of business administration from Harvard University in 1950. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines and the U.S. Army. Abernethy opened the first successful branch office of the brokerage firm Interstate Securities in 1952 in Newton. Through a series of mergers, this office is now a branch of Wells Fargo Advisors. He served as senior vice president of Interstate Securities and later Wachovia Securities, LLC. Abernethy was a member of one of Catawba County's founding families, tracing his heritage nine generations to the second settler to cross the Catawba River, Heinrich Weidner. His father was Scoutmaster for more than 50 years of Boy Scout Troop 1 in Hickory, founded as one of the first Scout troops in the United States, where Abernethy received his Eagle Scout award. He served in leading roles in many civic and charitable organizations, including Newton-Conover Rotary Club as club president, chairman of the Catawba County Library board, member of the Hickory Jaycees, president of the United Way, chairman of the Catawba County Chapter of the American Red Cross, member of the Campbell University finance committee, president of the Catawba Valley Executive Club, treasurer of the YMCA of Catawba Valley, vice chairman of the Sipes Orchard Home board, chairman of the Catawba Valley Community College board of directors, and member of the Newton-Conover Auditorium Authority board. At the time of Abernethy's death, he continued to serve on the boards of Carolina Mills, Inc. Little Mountain Airport (Air-T) and Alexander Railroad. Abernethy was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Raenelle Bolick Abernethy. His three children, Anne Abernethy Wepner '78, C. Shuford Abernethy III, and Martha Abernethy Sowers, survive him. He was grandfather to 19 grandchildren, John Wepner, Grace Wepner Ludtke, Nell Wepner, Iva Wepner, Henry Wepner, Franklin Wepner, Gordon Wepner, Estella Wepner, Gill Wepner, Ruth Wepner, Huitt Wepner, Inman Wepner, Clara Abernethy, Clay Abernethy, Sam Abernethy, Rose Abernethy, Savannah Sowers, Mary Katherine Sowers, and Will Sowers. He also is survived by his sons-in-law, Tim Wepner and Mike Sowers; his daughter-in-law, Jayne Abernethy; his sister-in-law, Anna Bolick; a nephew, James Bolick; and a niece, Elizabeth Bolick.
Russell Henry Engle '48 died May 2 at his home in Matthews, N.C. He was born Oct. 16, 1924, in Charlotte, N.C., to Russell and Virginia Engle. He graduated from Davidson, and then his career began in sales at Pound and Moore, where he worked with his father for a short time. Dorsey's Furniture expanded their sales to office furniture, and Engle provided leadership and developed their sales department. Walker-Engle and Associates offered an opportunity to pursue his own business, and for many years he provided service to the Charlotte community. A lifelong active member of St. John's Baptist Church, Engle served over 25 years as a deacon, being recognized as a deacon emeritus. He filled a number of leadership positions, including a Sunday school teacher for the junior high students and a secretary for the youth department. He was a member of the Durden Sunday school class and enjoyed the times of fellowship and study. Engle is a member of the original Friendship Tray Board. He was active in the Charlotte Eastern Lion's Club Chapter. The friendship and service activities of the organization provided a way for him to express his love and concern for others. Henry was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Patricia "Pat" Weller Engle, 733 Plantation Estates Dr., Apt. A408, Matthews, NC 28105-9104; daughter and son-in-law, Alice Engle Blanton and Dr. Robert H. Blanton, and their children, Laura and Robbie; son and daughter-in-law, Russell "Rusty" Leslie Engle and Christy Seay Engle, and their children, Lauren, Russell, and Savannah; and son and daughter-in-law, James Stuart Engle and Sara Woodruff Engle, and their children, Kyle '12, Claire, and Emily. Also surviving are two brothers, Dr. Jim Engle and Retired Colonel Donald Engle, and cousins, Anne Bourne, Ann and Beth Askew, Charlotte and Jack Bailey, and Inez Arant.
Victor Eugene Manget '48, of Decatur, Ga., died March 10, 2007. A lifetime Decatur resident, Manget was a member of the Northside Independent Methodist Church, served in the Merchant Marines and the Naval Reserves, and was a lifetime member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Survivors include his wife, Sue H. Manget; son, Victor E. Manget, Jr.; daughter, Jennifer Manget Hembree; and grandchildren, Harold Hembree and Eli Hembree.
James W. Green '49, of Columbus, Ga., passed away June 19.
William A. Korbel '49, of Milwaukee, Wis., passed away Aug. 2, 2008, of congestive heart failure, nine months after his wife of 32 years, Constance Daniell, died. He was 84. He grew up in Kenosha, the third of four children born to Slovak immigrants. At 18, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II, learning to fly before he was 20. He served as a pilot instructor in Georgia and Alabama. Once discharged from the service, Korbel went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His studies were interrupted when he was recalled during the Korean War. Korbel flew more than 100 missions as a fighter pilot in Korea. Back at UW, he earned both his bachelor's degree and a law degree by 1955. Korbel joined a small television production company. He took a two-year sailing trip with a friend down the Mississippi River and to the Bahamas. He flew surplus jets to Mexico for a Canadian firm, also helping to train Mexican pilots. In 1962, he worked in his good friend Gaylord Nelson's successful campaign for the U.S. Senate. Korbel did a stint in legal practice, but that proved a bit tame. In 1966, he began working in Southeast Asia for Air America, the civilian airline heavily financed by the Central Intelligence Agency during the Vietnam War, explaining most of his flying missions were for civilian projects handled by the Agency for International Development. He made headlines in 1973-"Soldier of Fortune Joins Nelson Staff"-as Nelson campaigned for re-election to the U.S. Senate. In 1975, Korbel married Constance Daniell, a longtime reporter and editor with The Milwaukee Journal. He is survived by daughters, Tina Patrick McGilligan Daniell, Laurie Daniell, and Wendy Michael Rhodes; grandchildren, Clancy, Sabiha, Bowie, Sky, and Wilelm; great-grandchildren, Michael and Angelo; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Frank T. Lemmon '49, beloved husband, father, and friend, died peacefully, July 24 at The Pines in Davidson, N.C. He was born in Marion to Alexina Lincoln Lemmon and Frank T. Lemmon. After graduating from Davidson, he attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. There he met his wife of 57 years, Georgia Powell. After graduating, he served two churches, Rosewood Presbyterian and Gregory Memorial Presbyterian in Eastern Virginia. In 1957, he was called to be the organizing minister of Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, where he served for 14 years. He then founded a pastoral counseling practice and also served as supply pastor for Pittsboro Presbyterian and Mount Pleasant Presbyterian churches. During Frank and Georgia's later years in Raleigh, their church home was W. Raleigh Presbyterian. The couple moved to Davidson in 2000. He was a kind and affirming man, who found the good in everyone he met. His warmth, playful spirit, and loyalty helped him to form deep and abiding friendships. He served for many years on the board of the Frankie Lemmon School and Developmental Center in Raleigh, named in memory of his third child, who had Down syndrome. He helped with fundraising and acted as mentor and cheerleader to the school's staff. Survivors include his wife, Georgia P. Lemmon, 1325 Rock Point Rd., Charlotte, NC 28270-1046; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Rosa Lemmon; son and daughter-in-law, John and Susan Lemmon '75; daughter, Laura Thise; grandchildren, Scott Lemmon (Monica), Nick Lemmon, Olivia Moulton (Richard); and great-granddaughter, Claire Moulton.
Harvey Russell McConnell, Jr. '49, of Midhurst, England, died April 10. Born in Gaston County on Aug. 18, 1928, he was the son of the late Dr. Harvey Russell McConnell and Ruby Yates McConnell. He graduated from Davidson and was a journalist, beginning his career working in Raleigh. He then moved to New York, where he worked for International News Service. He moved to London, where he worked for Reuters News Service and also wrote articles for the Lancet. He ended his career writing medical articles for various medical journals including The Medical Post in Canada. Harvey is survived by his wife, Anne; son, Mark Bernard, and grandson, Maxwell; and daughter, Charlotte Anne. He is also survived by a sister, Sally McConnell Robinson, 2633 Sheffield Dr., Gastonia, NC 28054. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Leggett; a son, Bruce Ashley McConnell; a daughter-in-law, Rachel McConnell; and a brother, Benedict Yates McConnell '51.
George Barr Raymond '49, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away April 3, 2008. He was born Dec. 25, 1926, in Lakeland, Fla., to Charles A. and Dorothy A. Barr Raymond.
Robert "Bob" C. Burroughs, Jr. '51, of Charlotte, N.C., beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died on July 15 at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on Feb. 19, 1930, in Wadesboro, N.C. He was the eldest son of the late Robert C. Burroughs, Sr. and Margaret Grace Penny Burroughs. Burroughs graduated from Davidson and received his D.D.S. from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery at the University of Maryland in 1955. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps at Ft. Bragg, N.C., from 1955-57. He married Anna Lee Dellinger of York, Pa., in 1956, and they moved to Charlotte in 1957. He practiced family dentistry in Charlotte for 43 years. He was an active member of Myers Park Baptist Church for 52 years and a member of the Fifth Dimension Sunday school class. He was known for his warm, friendly smile and his kind-hearted and gentle nature by his family, friends, and patients. His colleagues valued his character, integrity, and loyal friendship. Burroughs is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anna Lee Burroughs, 6061 Sheppard Ct., Charlotte, NC 28211; his son, Chet (Jean); his daughter, Leigh Ann Showalter (Milton); and six grandchildren, Mary Burroughs, Michael Burroughs, Matthew Burroughs, Mason Burroughs, Alexandria Showalter, and Sarah Catherine Showalter. He is also survived by his brothers, Rev. Joseph P. Burroughs '55 and M. Winston Burroughs (Martha Lou), and sister, Mary Alice Foster (Henry), and numerous nieces and nephews.
James H. Ferguson '51, of Lilesville, N.C., passed away July 17, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, Oct. 24, 2005. He is survived by three sons.
Christopher Douglas "Fred" Murphy '55 went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 25 at Robin Johnson House in Dallas, N.C. He was born July 23, 1927, in Buncombe County, N.C., the son of the late Claude Vincent and Dorcas Moore Ingle Murphy. Murphy grew up in Gaston County and served in the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II. He graduated from Belmont Abbey Jr. College, Davidson, and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga. In the late 1940s, Murphy and brothers, Dewey and John, played bluegrass music professionally as "The Blue River Boys," with daily broadcasts on radio station WPAQ in Mt. Airy. In 1953 he married Anne Janet McKelvie of Kings Mountain, and was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Presbyterian Church U.S. He served a parish in Virginia, East Belmont Presbyterian Church in Belmont, Central Steele Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, and Grace and New Cut Presbyterian Churches in Lancaster, S.C. In 1970 he served as evangelist with the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship. Later he served Hazelwood Presbyterian Church in Haywood County, and Westview Presbyterian Church in Mt. Holly. In 1993 he served as assistant pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Stanley. Murphy is survived by wife, Louise Robinette Thomas, 196 Lariat Dr., Lincolnton, NC 28092-6502; children, Ruth Anne Murphy, Mary M. Webster (John), Christopher David Murphy (Ginger), Martha M. Reavis (Eddie), and Rebekah M. Curtis (John); grandchildren, Christina, Jacob, and Robbie Curtis and Ian Webster; brothers, John P. (Nina), Rev. Dewey D. (Nellie), and Carl L. (Brenda); and sister, Ruth M. Benoy (Richard G.). Preceded in death by his parents; loving first wife of 43 years, Anne Janet McKelvie Murphy; brothers, Thomas F. (who died in combat in Italy during WWII), Hughes, Albert, and Jack Murphy; and infant grandson, Landon Matthew Murphy.
James Lewis "J.L." Barksdale '57, of Waynesboro, Va., died June 5 at his home. He was born June 14, 1936, in Waynesboro, a son of Lewis Oscar and Alma Martin Barksdale. Barksdale was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he had served as an elder. He served as vice-president of Barksdale Furniture for a number of years, and had retired as city assessor for Waynesboro. He was a veteran of the Navy; was a past member, president, and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Waynesboro; and was a former member of the board of directors of the Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Emily Kemp Barksdale, and his sister, Virginia Lancaster. Surviving are his wife, Carol M. Barksdale, 806 Maple Ave., Waynesboro, VA 22980-2207; three children, Diane Paulsen (Rich), Elizabeth Knicely (Jim), and Kemp Barksdale (Kerry); two brothers, George Barksdale '48 (Betty) and the Reverend John O. Barksdale (Virginia); six grandchildren, Meredith and Eric Paulsen, Matthew and Carter Knicely, and Benjamin and Erin Barksdale; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Thaddeus Elliott Kelly '59, of Charlottesville, Va., died on July 2. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carolyn Turner Kelly, 108 Whetstone Pl., Charlottesville, VA 22901; his children, Caroline Mayes Kelly '86, Thomas Thaddeus Elliott Kelly, Mary Sidney Kelly Harbert; their spouses; three granddaughters; and his brother, Sidney L. Kelly and his wife. He was born in New York City on Oct. 7, 1937, son of Sidney L. and Essie Elliott Kelly. He grew up in Conway, S.C. He received a B.S. from Davidson, an M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in medical genetics from Johns Hopkins University. He served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Navy at naval hospitals in Chinhae, Korea; Bethesda, Md., where he completed a residency in pediatrics; and Naples, Italy. He retired with the rank of captain in 1990. Kelly joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as associate professor of pediatrics and established the division of medical genetics in 1975. He was promoted to professor in 1980, and was named professor emeritus in 2002. Kelly made numerous contributions to the fields of pediatrics and medical genetics. His clinical and research interests included lysosomal storage disease, enzyme replacement therapy, neurogenetic disorders, short stature and skeletal dysplasias, the use of growth hormone to treat genetic disorders, the X chromosome and X-linked disorders, syndrome delineation and characterization, teratology, and Prader-Willi syndrome. Kelly was a founding fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics, president of the American Board of Medical Genetics and the Mid-Atlantic Human Genetics Network, and served on the board of directors of the Little People of America, the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, the MPS Society, the Virginia Prevention Council, and the Genentech Foundation for Growth and Development. He served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, the Journal of Medical Genetics, and Clinical Dysmorphology and Birth Defects. He authored more than 230 articles, abstracts, and book chapters, as well as two medical genetics texts. Kelly helped design and implement the statewide Virginia Genetics Plan, bringing medical genetics to families and communities throughout central and western Virginia through clinics, home visits, and continuing medical education lectures. He initiated the enzyme replacement program at the University of Virginia, the first such program in Virginia to treat patients with certain lysosomal storage diseases. Through his work, Kelly touched the lives of thousands of patients and families and was much loved by his colleagues. He was an elder and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, particularly in its mission work. He led numerous medical mission and relief trips, individually and with church members and University of Virginia students, to Kenya, Honduras, and the New Orleans area. He loved to travel and was an avid birder, sports enthusiast, and bridge player.
Mario Humberto Acuña '60, a NASA astrophysicist whose scientific instruments have flown on more than 30 NASA missions to every planet in the solar system as well as the sun, died March 5 of multiple myeloma at his home in Bowie, Md. Acuña, a specialist in the interactions of magnetic fields and plasmas and the instruments used to measure them, was a key player in the 1997 discovery that Mars has a magnetic field and that the planet in an early era churned with internal heat and other powerful forces, remarkably like the geology of Earth today. He was credited with the discovery of a magnetic disturbance around Jupiter, which led to the discovery of its ring. He was also a member of a multinational team in 1984 that created the first manmade comet as part of a study of the magnetosphere, the powerful magnetic bubble that surrounds the earth. Acuña was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He also received NASA's highest honor in 1996, the Distinguished Service Medal. His facility at explaining advanced scientific concepts won him an appearance in the 2003 PBS Nova episode "Magnetic Storm." Born in Cordoba, Argentina, on March 21, 1940, Acuña graduated from the University of Cordoba in 1962. He received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tucuman in Argentina in 1967. While in school, he worked for the Argentine National Space Research Commission. After graduation, he moved to the Washington area and joined Fairchild-Hiller Corp. to provide engineering and scientific support to NASA. He later became the head of its electronics division. In 1969, he began working with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he remained for the next 40 years. He received a doctorate in space physics from Catholic University in 1974. Acuña was principal investigator for NASA's Mars Observer Magnetic Field Investigation and also participated in the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, which collected weather data for the military. His laboratory was recognized worldwide for its development of instruments that measure geophysical magnetic fields, plasmas, electromagnetic waves, gamma rays, and X-rays. In addition, Acuña was project scientist and science manager for the International Solar Terrestrial Physics Program, a $2.4 billion research effort with Japan, Europe, and Russia involving more than 1,000 investigators and the launch of several spacecraft in the 1990s. He was a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a founding member of the Latin American Association of Space Geophysics. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Barbara Acuña, 3902 Claxton Pl., Bowie, MD 20715-1340; four children, James Acuña, Andrew Acuña, Daniel Acuña, and Marta Aebischer; three sisters; a brother; and five grandchildren.
Herbert Edward Spivey '60 passed away on May 22 in Asheville, N.C. Spivey was born in Sanford and raised in Mt. Gilead, N.C. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Johnsie Cameron Spivey. Spivey completed his undergraduate education at Davidson and his graduate studies at Duke University. During that time he taught at N.C. Central University. While serving as a captain in the Army from 1966-68, Spivey taught at the U.S. Army Institute of Administration. He moved to Colorado in 1968 to teach literature at Colorado College. Subsequently he received his M.A. in counseling from UCCS, and worked for the City of Colorado Springs Police Department as a youth services counselor and later as supervisor in research and development while continuing to teach part-time. After retiring in 2003, he returned to N.C. and continued to work as a consultant. Spivey never lost his passion for literature, music, education, art, politics, humor, and serving the needs of others. He is survived by his wife, LaVonne Bonnie Spivey, 21 Timothy Ln., Candler, NC 28715-9406; his children, Siobhan Brown (Paul), Theresa Vineyard, and Greg Vineyard; and his brother, Al Spivey (Melanie).
William A. Brenner '61, of Woodstock, Ga., passed away Oct. 30, 2007. He is survived by his wife, Jane Brenner; daughter, Lynne Fuller (Dirck); sons, James Brenner (Erin) and Peter Brenner (Marty); and grandchildren, Katherine Fuller and Christopher Brenner.
Jeff Frank '66, longtime tennis coach at Davidson, passed away May 30 in Mooresville, N.C., after a brief illness. He was the all-time winningest coach in Davidson sports history, with a 536-309-1 record in 33 years. Frank did his undergraduate work at Davidson, and he played on the tennis team under Coach Harry Fogelman. After receiving his law degree at the University of Florida, Frank returned to Davidson as the head tennis coach and became the winningest coach of any sport in the college's history. Davidson Athletic Director Jim Murphy '78 called Frank an icon. "Coach Frank was the face of Davidson tennis for 34 years and touched the lives of hundreds of students. Throughout his career, Jeff helped mold the Davidson athletics culture we're so proud of today, and he will be sorely missed," Murphy said in an article on the college's sports Web site, DavidsonWildcats.com. He was the founder of the Wildcat Tennis Camp, which is still in operation, and is a member of the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Jeanne Frank. He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Ellisa and Ray Whitson, 1260 Barna Ave., Titusville, FL 32780; two nephews, Travis and Jeff Whitson '97; and his niece, Ashlyn Whitson. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Jeff Frank's name to the Davidson Athletic Foundation, Box 7172, Davidson, NC 28035-7172, will be used to continue his tennis legacy.
Barry P. MacLean '69 passed away May 27. He is survived by his wife, P.K. MacLean, 15824 SE 24th St., Bellevue, WA 98008-5404.
Scott Alan Harbottle '78, of Cleveland, Ohio, passed away May 15. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eyvonne Butler Harbottle. He is survived by his sons, Thomas Scott and Alan Walter Harbottle; father, Lyman "Jug" Harbottle; sister, Lisa Bates '82 (Thomas '82); niece and nephews, Sara '11, Tucker, and Hayden Bates; and companion and friend, Michael Gower. Harbottle cherished the time he spent with his sons, Tom and Alan. He was an active member of Liberation United Church of Christ and the North Coast Men's Chorus. He worked for 19 years as a bankruptcy attorney for Key Bank. He enjoyed vacationing at the Outer Banks, music, travel, fitness, theatre, and socializing with close friends.
Elizabeth "Liza" Boone Brown '80, of Brooklyn, N.Y., died May 1 after a long struggle against breast cancer. The daughter of Professor and Mrs. L. Carl Brown of Princeton, she received her B.A. from Davidson and an M.S. in social work from Columbia University. She then embarked on an active social work career in New York that was halted only by the onset of cancer four years ago. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard Young; a daughter, Kyla; a son, Max; and two brothers, Joseph Winchester Brown and Jefferson Travis Brown.