William Bulgin McGuire '30, 102, of Charlotte, N.C., died on Aug. 15, 2012. He was born in Franklin, N.C., July 26, 1910, the son of Margaret Bulgin McGuire and William Boyd McGuire. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Grace Moseley Robinson McGuire. He is survived by four children and their spouses: Elizabeth McGuire Petty (Douglas Cooper Petty); William Bulgin McGuire, Jr. '66 (Susanne Hurst McGuire), 1227 Scotland Ave., Charlotte, NC 28207; Dr. John O'Brien McGuire '67 (Christine McArdle McGuire); and Robert Boyd McGuire (Nancy Cooper McGuire). His survivors also include nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. McGuire is best remembered for his sharp intellect, unquestionable integrity, insightful wisdom, and humble demeanor. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and took great pride and pleasure in his family. He graduated from Davidson in 1930. He served as senior class president and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary societies and Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He graduated from Duke University Law School in 1933. In his last year there he served as president of the Law School Student Bar Association and was a member of the Order of the Coif, an honorary scholastic society. Upon graduation from law school, McGuire joined the legal department of Duke Power Company, Charlotte, N.C., and continued in the employment of that company until he retired in 1971. He served as president of the company from 1959-71. He also served as a trustee of the Duke Endowment from 1965-88 and as a member of the board of the Charlotte branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He received honorary degrees from Davidson and Pfeiffer College. He was a member and elder of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, except for a period of 15 years when he was a member and elder of Unity Presbyterian Church, Denver, N.C. McGuire was active in numerous civic, church, business, and professional activities including Governor Dan Moore's Commission for the Public Schools, the Research Triangle Foundation, Junior Achievement, and the Edison Electric Institute. He was a founder and former chairman of the National Electric Reliability Council. He served as president of the Mecklenburg Bar Association and president of the N.C. Citizens Association. In 1967 he was named "Man of the Year" by the Society for the Advancement of Management, Greenville, S.C. Memorials may be made to the William B. McGuire Scholarship fund at Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Robert Belk Neill '35, 96, of Monroe, N.C., passed away Jan. 23, 2012, at his home. Neill was born March 30, 1915, in Selma, N.C., a son to the late Rev. William Brown and Bessie Belk Neill. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cornelia "Kitty" Dillon Neill, and two brothers, Charles G. Neill and William Brown Neill, Jr. Serving his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII as an aviation radio technician first class, he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Neill retired as a financial planner and tax preparer from his home business, known as Tax Call. He formerly was a business partner with Griffin Chevrolet Company, Monroe, from 1960-82, and prior to that was associated with Griffin Motor Company from 1948-60. Neill served on the Monroe City Council for 12 years and the Union County Board of Elections for six years, serving as chairman during a portion of that time. As a member of First Presbyterian Church, Neill served on the Session. He also served as church treasurer, chairman of the finance committee, chairman of the personnel committee, and was a member of the men's Bible class. Survivors include three children, Catherine Neill Holloway, 1429 Scoonie Pointe Dr., Chesapeake, VA 23322-7438; Robert Belk Neill, Jr.; and Martha Neill Gaddy (John); six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. Neill is also survived by his special friend, Doris English.
Joseph Lister Dees '36, 96, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., died July 24, 2012. He is survived by his children, Daniel Irwin Dees, 311 Sunshine Dr., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689, and Josephine C.D. Scott; sister, Emily; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Charles Carter Elder '37, 97, of Charlotte, N.C., died of melanoma on his birthday, June 13, 2012. Born June 13, 1915, in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of the late Frankie Carter Elder and Charlie Crofford Elder. Elder graduated from Davidson in 1937 with a degree in business and economics. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity and played on the first soccer team at Davidson. Elder worked for 40 years in the sales department of the Southern Railway in Greensboro, New York City, Lynchburg, Va., Durham, and Raleigh. He was a 30-year member of Rotary International. Survivors include a daughter, Anne Elder Greene (Joe), 7038 Ladys Secret Dr., Indian Trail, NC 28079-5729; two grandsons, David and Andrew; a granddaughter, Joanna Greene; and six great-grandchildren, Kasey, Jamie, Seth, Christopher, Carter, and Joshua. Additional survivors include a niece, Dona Carlson; nephews, Dwight Trent and Daryl Trent; and great nieces and nephews, Erin and Malin Carlson, Redding and Sarah Trent, and Nicholas, Ryan, and Grace Trent. In addition to his parents, Elder was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Rosser.
Marshall V. Yount '37, of Hickory, N.C., died Feb. 7, 2012. He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in Hickory. He was the son of Marshall H. Yount, a native of Catawba County, and Maude Vivian Hutchisson, of Mobile, Ala. Yount attended Davidson and UNC Chapel Hill, graduating there with a B.S. degree in commerce, and continuing with the UNC School of Law, where received his LLB degree in 1940. He entered the practice of law with his father, Attorney Marshall H. Yount, Yount & Yount, which practice was interrupted when he began a four-year term with the U.S. Army, returned and practiced law with his father until his father's death in 1948. In the Army he was positioned with the Security Intelligence Corp, Fourth Service Command as special agent commissioned second lieutenant, stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco as staff member of the Japanese-American branch office of the Provost Marshal General, promoted and transferred to complete his service with the Provost Marshal General office in Washington, D.C., until he was discharged from the service in 1946. He then returned to Hickory and resumed the law as a sole practitioner until a young lawyer, Oliver Noble, came to Hickory and joined him. That association ended when Noble was appointed a District Court judge. In 1981 Yount began a practice with Attorney Rufus Walker, son-in-law of his longtime friend and fellow attorney, George D. Hovey. The partnership Yount & Walker was dissolved in 1999 when Yount joined the law firm of Sigmon, Clark, Mackie, Hutton, Hanvey & Ferrell, "of counsel" along with his longtime assistant, Linda Sigmon, where he continued his legal career until his death. Early in his career, Yount served several terms as judge of the Hickory Municipal Court and two terms as judge of the Catawba County Court, but never thereafter sought public office. He was active in and a supporter of community organizations, charitable and otherwise. He headed the Community Chest; was a deacon and elder of Corinth Reformed Church and consistory member of Corinth Church; a member of the Catawba County ABC Board; member and a director of Hickory Kiwanis Club; member of the American Legion and Loyal Order of the Moose. In his profession, he served as president of the Catawba County Bar Association and of the 25th District Bar, and was a member of the American Bar Association and American Judicature Society. He was honored in 2004 by being inducted into the General Practice Hall of Fame of the North Carolina Bar Association. Yount is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jerrie, 1081 16th Ave. NW, Hickory, NC 28601, who was a young secretary to the general in charge at Provost Marshal General office in Washington, D.C., where he met her during the last year of his service. He is also survived by his sons, Douglas, Stanley, Jeffrey (Cathy), and Marshall; grandchildren, Jeremy (Emily), Brian, April, Naomi, Dannon, Jay, Lindy, and Brandon; and great-grandchildren, Graham and Lana. He was preceded in death by his son, Alfred, and his sister, Helen Saipher. Yount loved his wife, his family, children, grandchildren, and his profession. He was well regarded by his fellow attorneys and will be remembered as among the oldest practicing attorneys in North Carolina at the time of his death.
Dr. Leon McDill "Dill" Allison, Jr. '38, 94, of Due West, S.C., died June 13, 2012, at AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C. Allison was born in Hickory Grove, S.C., to the late Leon McDill Allison, Sr. and Jessie Whitesides Allison. He married the late Rachel Patterson Allison in 1941. They had a wonderful life of ministry together. A 1938 graduate of Davidson, he taught high school until he joined the Army during WWII. Allison graduated from Erskine Seminary in 1949. He served churches in Sharon, S.C., Statesville, N.C., and Gastonia, N.C., before 1957, when he was elected dean of Erskine Seminary. He earned the Th.M. degree at Princeton Seminary, 1958, and the Th.D. degree from Union Seminary, 1960. In 1959, Allison assumed his work at Erskine Seminary as vice president and dean for 17 years and professor of historical and systematic theology for 21 years. He served the ARP church on many boards and committees, and was moderator of synod in 1966. From 1977 until 1993, he was the supply pastor of Generostee ARP Church near Iva, S.C. Honors received by Allison from Erskine College include doctor of divinity degree, 1981; Academic Hall of Fame,1995; Distinguished Service Award, 1996; and Alumni of the Year Award, 2001. Surviving are his two children, a son, Robert "Bob" L. Allison (Bert), 141 North Woodland Dr., Pickens, SC 29671, and a daughter, Marilyn Simmons (David); a brother, John Allison; five grandchildren, David Allison (Rhonda), Mark Allison (Amanda), Matthew Simmons (Kseinja), Stephanie Edgar (Todd), and Michael John Simmons; and four great-grandchildren, Sarah Allison, Liam Simmons, and Naia and Anya Edgar.
William Blakely Young '40, 97, of Clover, S.C., and formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died April 16, 2012. He was born on July 17, 1914, in Fayetteville, Tenn., son of the late Dr. Raymond A. Young and Emma B. Young. Young served proudly in the Army Air Corps as a navigator, bombardier, and meteorologist. He was an 80-year member and elder emeritus of Central Steele Creek Presbyterian Church. Young was also a faithful member of the West Charlotte Rotary Club, with years of perfect attendance. He loved to travel and saw much of the world. He is survived by his wife of almost 70 years, Lena Young, 5205 Lake Wiley Rd., Clover, SC 29710; his son, Bill Young, Jr. (Beth); grandsons, Blake Young and Steven Young; and step-grandson, Justin Brown.
John Woodrow Davis '41, M.D., of Hickory, N.C., passed away March 16, 2012, at Lutheran Home East. Davis was born in Croft, North Mecklenburg County, N.C., March 25, 1918, the son of Silas Winslow and Nancy Black Davis, youngest of 11 children. He graduated from Davidson in 1941, remaining for a year and a half as instructor in biology, attended the Medical College of UNC, then received his M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1946. His internship was spent at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, following which he served in the U.S. Army, receiving his discharge as captain U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1949. That year, he moved his family to Hickory to start his practice, first at the old Hickory Memorial Hospital, and then in his private office, before joining with Drs. Joseph A. Isenhower, Benny Goodman, Charles Trado, Ted Chandler, and Grimes Byerly, in starting the Medical Arts Clinic, with Mack R. Means and Fred Fitzgerald opening the adjoining pharmacy. In the early 1950s, he served a year's residency in internal medicine at N.C. Baptist Hospital, where he met another resident, Dr. Dan Espey, who later moved to Hickory to practice medicine nearby, and for a while they practiced together. In 1961, he became assistant director of the department of general practice at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis. Then he returned to his Hickory practice until retiring in 1989. Davis was a charter member and elder in Northminster Presbyterian Church, where he and his wife also taught the Bible discovery class for many years. He was also a member of the AMA, AAFP, former member of the Hickory Optimist Club, and for five years served voluntarily as medical director of Hospice of Catawba Valley. He was also on the staff of Hickory Memorial Hospital, later as permanent chairman of Ten Broeck Hospital's Board of Advisors until it was sold to Frye Regional Medical Center. After retirement, he was an enthusiastic member of the Hickory Coffee Club. He is survived by his wife, Lucy Hassell Davis [who has since passed away, Sept. 11, 2012], whom he married in 1943, soon after starting medical school; sons, Dr. John Woodrow Davis, Jr. '66 (Joanna), 104 Trinity Way, Greenville, SC 29617-2028, Roger Pryor Davis (Bonnie), and James Hassell Davis '76; daughters, Nancy Davis Bilbro (Cecil) and Katherine "Katie" Perkins (Russ); and daughter-in-law, Donna Davis. There are 11 grandchildren, Chris Davis (Yovanda), Deborah Renner (Robert), John Lynch Davis, Ginger Bedsole (Preston), Amy Hearring (Alvin), Catherine "Cathy" Davis, James Davis (Rachel), Chris Bilbro (Rita), Katherine Bilbro, Betsy Perkins, and Davis Perkins; four granddaughters, Stephanie, Caroline, Abigail, and Katie; 10 great-grandchildren and two on the way. He was preceded in death by his son, Dr. Archie Graham Davis '68, and his grandson, Kevin.
James "Jim" Flack Hemphill '41, 91, of Forest City, N.C., died Nov. 19, 2011, at Hospice House of Forest City. A native of Forest City, he was a son of the late Charlie and Dira Hemphill; a member of First Baptist Church in Forest City; and was an Army veteran of WWII, having served in Panama. He established Vassey and Hemphill Jewelers in Spindale in 1946, and was married to Virginia Hudgins Hemphill, 145 Elizabeth Ave., Forest City, NC 28043-3208. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Susan Simpson, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Chauncey "Chan" Munger Lane '41, 90, of Greensboro, N.C., passed away at Moses Cone Hospital on Nov. 13, 2011, after a brief illness. Lane was born in New Bern, N.C., on Dec. 2, 1920, the son of Oscar Wallace Lane and Maude Munger Lane, but grew up in Greensboro. He was preceded in death by his parents (1927 and 1950); his brother, Oscar Wallace Lane, Jr. (1998); and his beloved wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Martin Lane (2011). Lane was a graduate of N.C. State University, with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also attended the University of Virginia, where he was inducted into Kappa Sigma fraternity. Lane was chosen for the U.S. Navy's preflight program and began training at UNC Chapel Hill but was transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School due to his outstanding mathematical and engineering aptitude. During midshipmen's training, he attended the University of Miami, the University of Virginia, the University of Rhode Island, and Columbia University. He was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. During WWII, Lane served in the Pacific Theater. He was assistant stability officer on the USS Randolph (CV-15) and gunnery officer on the USS Sacandaga (AOG-40). His keen interest in naval history and warfare earned him his nickname of "The Admiral." A highlight of his last years was the Triad Flight of Honor, in which he participated this past April. Lane was a lifelong member of West Market Street Methodist Church and was sergeant of arms of the Gate City Civitan Club for many years. He was a gentleman and a scholar in every sense, and was beloved by both family and friends Lane is survived by his two children, Sarah Lane (Gerald Oakley), 240 Creek View Dr., Sunset Beach, NC 28468-4424, and Chauncey M. Lane, Jr.; a granddaughter, Catherine Holland; and several nieces and nephews.
Enoch Bledsoe Stephenson, Jr. '41, 93, died Jan. 21, 2012, was a man of faith, integrity, and service to his family and country. He was born May 24, 1918, in Columbia, Tenn., to the late Enoch B. Stephenson, Sr. and Florence Dowd Frierson. Stephenson was preceded in death by his brother, William Frierson Stephenson '40, and sister, Florence Stephenson Little. In June 1949, he married the former Louise Buchanan Wells, 115 Woodmont Blvd., Apt. 703, Nashville, TN 37205-2269, who survives. Other survivors include two sons, Fredric Wells (Pamela) and John Frierson (Elisabeth). Also surviving are two grandchildren, William Richards Stephenson and Mattie Elisabeth Stephenson. He was educated at Columbia Military Academy and Davidson. In January 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in pilot training, and graduated with wings and commission as a second lieutenant in July 1942. He flew fighter aircraft and joined the 339th Fighter Group in September 1943. After stateside training, his group was sent to England, where he joined the 8th Air Force to fly 66 combat missions in P-51 Mustangs. For his achievements, he was promoted to the rank of major, and was awarded numerous awards and decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the European Theater Ribbon (four Battle Stars). He continued flying with the Tennessee Air National Guard and was promoted to brigadier general. He transferred to the Air Force Reserve, from which he retired after 31 years of service. He then served as an investment banker and trust officer. Stephenson was active in First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, where he served as deacon, elder, and clerk of session. He served as chairman of the USO Operating Committee and director and vice president of the Nashville City. Stephenson was the president of the WWII Memorial Trust, which founded and supervised the planning and construction of the WWII Memorial in the Bicentennial Capital Mall. He was also a volunteer with the American Red Cross.
Robert "Bob" Edward Carter '42, of Estero, Fla., died on June 11, 2012, at age 93. He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis "Frank" E. and Lucile Carter of Richmond and Alexandria, Va.; brother, Francis "Nick" E. Carter, Jr., and sister-in-law, Cary Burwell Carter. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Barbara Wise Carter, 8589 Via Garibaldi Cir., Apt. 305, Estero, FL 33928-4700; his three daughters, Carole Bernhardt (Fred), Jessica Phillips (Bill), and Chris Carter (Gary Bangor); a son, Robert Edward Carter, Jr. (Julie); grandchildren, David Bernhardt (Cristin), Steven Bernhardt (Miriam), Christopher Bernhardt (Jodi), Preston Bailey (John), Christine Williamson (Brent), Barbara Valier (Mel), Lucy Bangor, and Neal Bangor; great-grandchildren, Jack, William, Charlie, Thomas, Andrew, and Darby Bernhardt, and Pierce and Neal Bailey; niece, Anne Carter Brothers (John); and nephew, Francis "Rick" E. Carter III. Carter was born in Alexandria, Va., on Feb. 18, 1919. Carter was a camper and counselor at Camp Greenbrier in W.Va., where he earned the Order of the Star. In June 1942, Carter graduated from Davidson, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and R.O.T.C. He played baseball there three years, captain his senior year. Also in June 1942, Carter was commissioned second lieutenant in the Army. During WWII, Carter was assigned to the OSS, completed parachute training, and served in England as a captain. In 1945 he was commanding officer at Catalina Island, Calif., where he oversaw the OSS TRG sites responsible for training Koreans to establish underground operations against the Japanese. After WWII, he continued his military service as a member of the Richmond Light Infantry Blues and the U.S. Army Reserve, 80th Division, in Richmond, Va. In 1953 he marched with the Richmond Blues in President Eisenhower's inaugural parade in Washington, D.C. He retired from military service as lieutenant colonel. Carter taught and coached in several North Carolina and Virginia high schools, including the Herndon H.S. Hornets' basketball team, which he coached to win the state championship in 1951. The Carter family moved that year to Richmond, where Carter held positions in the Commonwealth of Virginia as chief arson investigator in the State Fire Marshal's Office, supervisor of fire service training and executive director of the Virginia State Fire Services Commission. He was president of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Carter provided expert testimony to the U.S. Congress on fire related legislation, and, at the invitation of J. Edgar Hoover, was the first person to teach arson investigation to the FBI Academy. In 1978 he and Barbara moved to Boston, Mass., where he worked with the National Fire Protection Association. Carter lectured at fire seminars throughout the United States and in many other places, including Hong Kong, South Africa, and the Netherlands. He is author of the text, Arson Investigation. Since retirement in 1984, he and Barbara have lived in the Naples, Fla. area, where he enjoyed playing golf, scoring five holes-in-one. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family reunion on Catalina Island.
L. Rowe Driver, Jr. '42, 90, of Nashville, Tenn., died Jan. 4, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was the son of Leslie R. and Sarah B. Driver (deceased) of Bristol, Tenn. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Carolyn Watson Driver, 71 Concord Park West, Nashville, TN 37205; his daughters, Elizabeth C. Driver and Donna Driver Norris Roger; and grandchildren, Leslie and Katie Norris. He is also survived by his brother, Tom F. Driver (Anne Barstow); sister, Betty Driver Peeler; sister-in-law, Ann C. Driver; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell B. Driver, and his brother-in-law, Milton B. Peeler. Driver earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory University. After completing his training, Driver served as a Navy physician in the Pacific Theater during WWII. After the war, Driver established a medical practice in Bristol, Tenn., until he was recalled to active military duty during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning to the states, Driver went into private practice in Nashville, Tenn., where he practiced ophthalmology for more than 40 years. Driver was an active member of the Downtown Kiwanis Club and West End United Methodist Church. He also served as president of the Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology, the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, Nashville Academy of Medicine, and Tennessee Medical Association. Driver will long be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle, doctor, and friend. An avid tennis player for more than 80 years, some of his fondest memories were of afternoons spent on the court with dear friends. Driver travelled to the island of St. Vincent in the Caribbean on several medical mission trips. In his retirement, he adopted the hobby of painting landscapes and still life settings.
James Lafayette Houston, Jr. '42, 90, of Hickory, N.C., passed away peacefully May 11, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Columbia, S.C., and was the son of the late James Lafayette Houston, Sr. and Elizabeth Williams Houston. He spent his childhood in York, S.C., and had many fond memories of his upbringing in York. Two of his most notable memories of York were of his many experiences with the circuses that wintered there and the development of a relationship with a young lady, Martha Elizabeth McCorkle, who, on June 11, 1947, became his wife. They spent 51 years together until her death on Oct. 24, 1998. He enrolled at Davidson, earning his bachelor of arts degree in 1942. Houston then faithfully served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed in the Philippines and flew DC-3 cargo planes throughout the Pacific Theatre. After WWII, he continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, attaining the rank of captain. He was honorably discharged in 1954. After his service in the Pacific, Houston began his business career by joining a building materials business, working there until 1950. At that time, he joined First Securities Corporation, working in Greensboro until 1952. He then moved to Hickory to continue his career and served First Securities Corporation and successor corporations in various capacities until his retirement. In addition to his professional duties, Houston was also very active in many civic organizations. Among his favorites were the Hickory Rotary Club, of which he was a member for more than 55 years, and First Presbyterian Church, where he served in a number of capacities, including elder and member of pastoral search committees. In his later years, he served on the board and became involved in the activities of Adult Life Programs. During his 51-year marriage to his beloved Lib, he was blessed with three children, all of whom survive him and are left with many lasting memories. He is survived by daughter, Leslie; son, James III (Peggy); and daughter, Mary, 1864 Timberwood Trce., Decatur, GA 30032-5228. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Alicia Houston, James L. Houston IV, and Abby Houston. In addition to his parents and wife, Houston was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Anderson. Memorials may be made to the Davidson College General Scholarship fund, Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
The Reverend Dr. Albert Curry Winn '42, 90, died July 17, 2012, at the Elms at Tanglewood. Winn was born in Ocala, Fla., Aug. 16, 1921, the youngest child of James Anderson 1900 and Elizabeth Curry Winn. He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Neely Walker Winn, after 55 years of marriage. Survivors include a daughter, Grace Winn Ellis (Stewart), 5985 Loop Rd., Clemmons, NC 27012; sons, James Anderson Winn (Lucy Chapman), Albert Bruce Curry Winn (Molly Ramkey), and Randolph Axson Winn (Mary Grogan); grandchildren, David and John Ellis, Ellen and Philip Winn, and Walker Shapiro (Luella Davis); and two great-grandchildren, Althea Grace and Iliana Fae Shapiro. Winn devoted his life to service through the Presbyterian Church. He graduated from Davidson and received degrees in theology from Princeton Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va. He served as a chaplain in the Navy during WWII. He taught Bible at Davidson and at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as well as at numerous youth conferences. Winn was professor of theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and led seminars in Christian spirituality. He served pastorates in the Nokesville area of northern Virginia, at Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va., and at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in Georgia. He held leadership positions as president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, as moderator of the synods of Alabama and Kentucky, and as moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church U.S. in 1979. He chaired the committee that produced "A Declaration of Faith," and he edited the accompanying Book of Confessions. He wrote a number of books, including the Layman's Bible Commentary on Acts, A Christian Primer, and Ain't Gonna Study War No More. He lived out his commitment to social justice and peace, working for civil rights, protesting against the Vietnam War and the School for the Americas, working for the families of prisoners in Richmond and the homeless in Atlanta, and participating as a Witness for Peace in Nicaragua. In the midst of his active life in the church, he found time to teach his children how to read music, play the ukulele, and pitch a tent, as well as how to sing numerous corny old songs. He entertained them during long car trips by making up the adventures of an imaginary pirate and his crew. During his retirement years in Winston-Salem, Winn served as parish associate at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where he established the member care committee, was active in the Presbyterian Interracial Dialogue and CHANGE, volunteered at El Buen Pastor, and helped establish the Covenant Network in Salem Presbytery, seeking to make the church more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered children of God.
Wilbur Lee "Bo" Carter, Jr. '43, 90, of Summerfield, N.C., passed away at Well Spring Retirement Community on July 20, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Martha "Mot" Sauvain Carter, 240 Southern C's Trail, Summerfield, NC 27358-8300; daughters, Judith Marie Carter and Carolyn Carter Yawars; son, W. Lee Carter III; granddaughter, Aspen Yawars McKenna; grandson, Theodore Carter Yawars; and great-granddaughter, Rowan Anne McKenna. Other family members include Susan Sluyter, Dave Yawars, Greg Bradley, Traci Yawars, and Ian McKenna. Born in Greensboro, N.C., Carter's parents were Wilbur Lee Carter and Marie Estelle Cranford Carter of Greensboro, N.C., both of whom preceded him in death. His sister, Virginia Blair Carter Hagan, and his brother-in-law, Charles Tilden Hagan, Jr., also preceded him in death. Extended family members include Anne Blair Hagan, Charles "Chip" Tilden Hagan III and U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, Henry Guy Hagan and Sims Hagan, John Carter Hagan, and David Blair Hagan and Mary Grover Hagan. Extended family members Ed Sauvain, Charles Smart and Elizabeth S. Smart preceded him in death. Other family members include Peggy Sauvain, Ted and Kathy Sauvain, Mike and Janice Sauvain, Pete and Deb Sauvain, John and Martha Barlow, Ginger Shoe, Charles and Pam Smart, Jr., and Jim and Celia Smart. He received his B.S. degree from Davidson in 1943. He received the chartered life underwriter (CLU) designation and the chartered financial consultant (ChFC) designation from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pa. He was a U.S. Army captain in the Infantry serving in the European Theatre in Germany (1943-45) in General Patton's Third Army. He received three Decorated Battle Stars and the Purple Heart for his distinguished service after he was hit by shell fragments. Carter was president and chief executive officer of Southern Life Insurance Company from 1946 until the company's sale in 1986. His father founded the company in 1927. He is credited with building Southern Life to a nationally recognized insurance leader, ranked in the top 10 percent of all U.S. life insurance companies. When Southern Life built its new headquarters in downtown Greensboro in 1980 (now the U.S. Trust Building), the move was hailed as the beginning of the renovation of downtown Greensboro. Carter was an elder in the First Presbyterian Church, past chairman of the United Way Campaign of Greater Greensboro, past chairman of the United Arts Fund Campaign, and past chairman of the Life Insurers Conference. He was a board member of Security National Bank, which later became NCNB, NationsBank, and Bank of America. He remained a member of the NationsBank Board of Directors until 1987. He was a member of the Jefferson-Pilot Corporation Board of Directors until 1980 and a member of the Liberty Life Insurance Corporation Board of Directors until 1988. He was a trustee of the Wesley Long Hospital, and made the first gift to its endowment, which would later become the Wesley Long/Moses Cone Community Health Endowment Fund. He was a member emeritus of the board of directors and past chair of the investment committee of the Walthour-Moss Foundation in Southern Pines, N.C. He was a fellow of the Life Underwriters Training Council, past board member of the American Council of Life Insurance, and a member of the Greensboro Association of Life Underwriters. He was a founding board member of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro and a past member of its investment committee. He was a founding board member of the Greensboro Sports Council, Junior Achievement of Central North Carolina, and the Greensboro Investment Club. He was a past member of the board of directors of L. Richardson Memorial Hospital, and Evergreens Nursing Center. He was an Eagle Scout. He received the Boss of the Year Award in l982 from the Greensboro Jaycees. In addition to his love and compassion for his family, friends, church, company, and his community, his passion was horseback riding.
David C. Williamson '43, 89, of Pineville, N.C., died July 31, 2012. Williamson was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Kenansville, N.C., to the late D.S. and Mary Lou Chambers Williamson. He attended Davidson and was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, serving as captain of the USS Pelican and USS Lapwing with tours in the Japanese Island Sea, many parts of the Southwest Pacific, during the Korean War and WWII. After retiring from the Navy in 1945, Williamson began his career at Southern Bell, where he rose steadily through the ranks beginning as a Yellow Pages salesman and retired as a Southeast area general commercial and marketing manager in 1978. He was a member of Calvary Church and active in several Rotary Clubs, United Way, Board of Junior Achievement, and Chamber of Commerce. An avid golfer, he was a member of Carmel Country Club and Charlotte City Club. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Hazel Scott and Lois Precythe. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Thelma Gray Reavis Williamson, 13180 Dorman Rd., Apt. A114, Pineville, NC 28134-9017; three children, David C. Williamson, Jr. (Pam), S. Chris Williamson, and Don S. Williamson (Lisa); four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Stephen Williamson (Nancy) and Robert Williamson (Kay).
James Chalmers Grier, Jr. '44, 88, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Nov. 18, 2011.
Van Ralph Taylor '45, of High Point, N.C., passed away peacefully on Aug. 22, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. Taylor was born Sept. 20, 1924, to Leamon Lawrence and Mamie Taylor Taylor, who preceded him in death, as did his sister, Hattie Taylor Fryar. Following the death of his father and mother, he lived with his uncle and aunt, Van Gilbert Taylor, and his wife, Dorothy Dixon Taylor, in Everetts. He attended Mars Hill and Davidson Colleges. From July 1943 to November 1945, he served in the U.S. Eighth Air Force in the European Theatre, where his flight crew completed 25 bombing missions. He was awarded the Air Medal and four clusters for his service. Following his discharge, he attended Hardbarger Business College. He and his uncle operated The Taylor Dairy until it was sold to the Maola Company. From 1954 until his retirement in 1989, he was a field auditor and tax auditor for the N.C. Employment Security Commission. He was stationed in Reidsville from 1961-65 and Roanoke Rapids from 1965-71 until returning to Williamston. He was an active member of the Memorial Baptist Church, where he served for a number of years as treasurer. He was a valued member of the Lions Club, which he served as president and many years on the board of directors. He maintained membership in the SEANC and the Eighth Air Force Association. He was married on May 22, 1951, to Mildred Thomas Taylor, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Greg Taylor, M.D. (Cathy), 4602 Chesterfield Pl., Jamestown, NC 27282-8632; grandchildren, Justin Taylor and Jessica Taylor; and many devoted nieces and nephews.
Lamon Lydell Whiddon '45, 88, of Hickory, N.C., died June 26, 2012. His wife, Anna J. Whiddon, 210 Geitner Ave., Newton, NC 28658-9647, survives him.
Frank Constantine Cockinos '46, 89, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away on Aug. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born in Charleston, S.C., on July 8, 1923, to Irene and Constantine M. Cockinos. Cockinos was an avid Boy Scout and achieved the Eagle Scout award at age 16. He attended Davidson, and while there joined the Army in March of 1943 during WWII, assigned to the 44th Division, 7th Army Infantry. He was discharged as staff sergeant and received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star for achievement in Germany, and the European Theater Operations ribbon with three campaign stars. Cockinos graduated from N.C. State College in 1949 with a B.S. degree in civil engineering and in 1955 with a P.E. degree in sanitary engineering, and practiced engineering in both North and South Carolina. He owned Frank C. Cockinos & Associates, Inc. Consulting Engineers from 1968 until 1997, when he sold his company. Cockinos was very active in his community and very active in the Greek Orthodox Church. At Holy Trinity, he received many certificates of recognition from the Archdiocese, including Distinguished Sunday School Services, which he taught for 25 years, served on the Parish Council for 11 years and as treasurer for three years; he was active in GOYA on a local and district level, assisted with Yiassou Festival, worked on engineering designs at Hellenic Park, and chaired Habitat for Humanity committee for five years. Cockinos was active in founding the second Greek Orthodox Church, St. Nektarios, in Charlotte, served on Parish Council for four years, two of them as chairman; worked on the engineering design committee for the sanctuary/classroom building; and assisted with stewardship funding and the capital campaign for the proposed church sanctuary building. He served on the Diocesan Council, the Diakonia Center camp for children, Metropolitan Alexios of the Atlanta Diocese bestowed the Archangel Michael Honors in 2004 and 2005, and was an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Cockinos served in many leadership positions including serving on the Easter Seal Society for the Charlotte Metrolina Dogwood Chapter for 10 years and one as its president. He also served for 11 years as the engineering representative of the N.C. State Commission for Health Services and on the Mecklenburg County Health Commission for six years. Cockinos also served as chairman of Habitat for Humanity for five years. Cockinos is survived by his wife of 51 years, Despina Kleamenakis Cockinos, 6923 Burlwood Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211; daughter, Maria Malliadis (Nikos Malliadis); son, Dean Cockinos (Timira Christenbury Cockinos); grandsons, Christian and Joshua Cockinos; sisters, Mary Catsimatides, Happy Cockinos, and Petsa Schwartz; brother, Michael Cockinos; his wife's sister, Angela Pembo, and brothers, Nike and Argie Kleamenakis and Andrew Kleamenakis; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Edgar Clayton "Clay" Scofield, Jr. '46 died at Hospice Atlanta in Atlanta, Ga., on Aug. 23, 2012, of complications related to kidney cancer. Scofield was born on July 12, 1925, at Emory University Hospital. He entered Davidson in 1941. After a year and a half at Davidson, he joined the U.S. Army, serving two and a half years during WWII. Following the war, he completed his degree at Davidson, then attended Emory University graduate school in English for a brief while. He entered the business world as a copywriter for an advertising agency, Liller, Neal and Battle, where he worked for 17 years as a writer, account supervisor, and vice president. Upon leaving LNB, he established a small advertising agency, which he served as CEO for 10 years. During this time, he attended the Lamar School of Law at Emory University. He took early retirement, and, with his wife Lucy ("Bim"), settled in Fannin County near Blue Ridge, Ga. Together they developed a small Christmas tree farm, which they maintained for 17 years. Simultaneously, Scofield worked as a freelancer, writing for magazines such as Forbes, Iron Age, PGA, and others, and editing the Blue Ridge News Herald weekly newspaper. In 2001, he and Bim moved to Blairsville, where for many years they continued their activity in the Institute for Continuing Learning at nearby Young Harris College. Scofield led classes, served as a board member, director, and as president of the organization. Scofield was former president of the Ansley Park Civic Association, secretary of the Atlanta Arthritis Chapter, president of the Atlanta Lung Association, and secretary of Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity. Self-taught, he loved his clarinet and played with a number of jazz bands through the years. He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Lucy "Bim" Waters Scofield, 3100 Northside Pkwy. NW, Apt. 401, Atlanta, GA 30327-1566; sons, E. Clayton Scofield III, Stephen D. Scofield, and William C. Scofield; daughter, Lucy S. Bowerma; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
John William "Bill" Fullbright, Jr. '47, of Charlotte, N.C., passed away July 7, 2012.
Henry Middleton "Middy" Raynal '47, 87, of Harrisonburg, Va., died peacefully in his sleep May 21, 2012, at Sunnyside Retirement Community. The Reverend Raynal was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Statesville, N.C., and was the son of the late Charles Edward and Margaret Mayo Scott Raynal. A Presbyterian minister for 57 years, he did his undergraduate work in history at Davidson and his theological training at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond. He served churches in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Louisa, Va., Concord, N.C., Sanford, N.C., and Glasgow. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Florence Irene Clark Raynal, 1130 Highlands Pl., Apt. 214, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-2311; three sons, Wayne S. Raynal, John M. Raynal (Rebecca Raynal), and Clark S. DeSarro-Raynal (Donna DeSarro-Raynal); grandchildren, John L. and Henry J. Raynal, Megan Conner, and Josiah C., Elijah S., and India M. DeSarro-Raynal. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret E. Raynal; two brothers, Charles Edward Raynal II '38 and John Scott Raynal '39; and his sister, Margaret I. Raynal.
Henry Edmunds White '47, of Davidson, N.C., loving and devoted husband and father, married 67 years to Carol (Meade) White, passed away quietly in his sleep on May 1, 2012. He was born in Suchowfu, China, to Emma White and Locke White 1913, missionaries in China. He entered Davidson in 1942. During a summer vacation he met Carol Meade, who was singing in the choir of the Presbyterian church in Richmond, Ky., where his father served as minister. They married in 1945, and White left his new bride and his studies to serve two years in the U.S. Air Corps. He returned to Davidson and graduated in 1947, then attended UNC Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina for graduate school. Throughout his life, White loved sports and was a highly successful athlete. At Davidson he was captain of the Davidson basketball team and participated in football, tennis, track, and baseball. In 1947, after graduating, he taught and coached at Darlington School in Rome, Ga. He also became an assistant principal of the newly opened Eau Claire High School in Columbia, S.C. He later became the assistant dean of students at Davidson. In 1955, White became dean of admissions and financial aid at the college and served in that position for 25 years. While he was dean, he served on the Committee on Guidance for College, the College Entrance Examination Board of New York, and the board of College Admissions Center of Evanston, Ill. He served on the North Carolina Governor's Scholarship Board and was also on the board of National Merit. In 1979 he decided to pursue his passion for sports and left his beloved Davidson to serve as athletic director at Southwestern College for five years. He then returned to Davidson for his retirement. White devoted much of his time to helping others who were less fortunate through his work at the Davidson College Presbyterian Church and at Habitat for Humanity, an organization which he helped start in the Davidson area. He taught Sunday school over the years at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon and elder. Over the years he excelled in tennis, traveling around the Southeast, participating in and winning numerous tournaments. White won the N.C. State Doubles Championship the week before suffering a stroke. In 2007, he was inducted into the Davidson College Athletics Hall of Fame for his athletic prowess at Davidson. Past employees, friends, and family honored him with a scholarship established in his name to provide financial aid to Davidson College students. He is survived by his wife, Carol, 400 Avinger Ln., Apt. 369, Davidson, NC 28036-6700; his three children, Henry Edmunds Jr., Susan, and Locke '80; and his grandchildren, Hope, Katherine, and Jordan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Locke Jr. '39 and Richard, and his sister, Louise Walker. Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the H. Edmunds White Scholarship Fund, Davidson College, Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
John Morrow Stewart '48, of Denver, Colo., professor emeritus at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and an internationally renowned scientist in the field of peptide chemistry, died Dec. 29, 2011. He was 87. Stewart was a leader in the field of peptide chemistry for over 40 years, having authored over 400 peer-reviewed scientific works. He holds over 23 patents. Stewart was the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Peptide Society's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995 and the Pinnacles of Inventorship Lifetime Inductee from the University of Colorado. He received his undergraduate education at Davidson and his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1952. He started his professional scientific career at The Rockefeller Institute (now The Rockefeller University) in 1952. In 1968 he moved to Denver to join the CU School of Medicine faculty. Stewart served in WWII in the U.S. Army and was stationed in the European Theater. In 1949, he married Joyce Lorraine Clark, who preceded him in death. He married Laima Taraseviciene, Ph.D., 3690 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver, CO 80210-6614, in 2000. He is survived by his wife and daughters, Ellen E. Stewart and Susan E. Stewart; his son, David C. Stewart; his granddaughters, Anne M. Stewart and Laura E. Stewart; and his stepdaughter, Agne Taraseviciute. Stewart was an elder at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church and a member for over 40 years. He had a lifelong passion for orchids and received several grants from the American Orchid Society. He grew orchids at his home as a hobby. He collected and cultivated orchids from all over the world.
John William Davis '49, who lived in Alice and San Antonio, Tex., went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Aug. 12, 2011. He was one month shy of his 83rd birthday. Davis was born in St. Augustine, Tex., on Sept. 12, 1928. He was the second son of three siblings. Davis' father, James Ludwell Davis, Sr., was a well-known pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Alice, Tex., and in San Antonio. He and his father helped raise funds for the Little Church of La Valletta to serve the street people in the 40s and 50s. Much of Davis' inspiration came from his father, who was a pioneer missionary to the Alabama Coushatta Indians in the 1920s. Rev. Davis was on the board of trustees at Morningside Manor and was pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church San Antonio. Davis graduated from Trinity University in late 1949. He later taught at Peacock Military Academy. Davis was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Although he qualified to become an officer and was accepted as a midshipman in the Navy, the draft caught him first, and he was inducted into the Army. Davis suffered a mental breakdown due to the combat conditions during the Korean War. His family would have to care for him for the next 50 years. Davis' brother, James Ludwell Davis, Jr., became his primary caretaker for the greater portion of that time. His longtime friends were Don Hinton, Joe Jackson Frazier, and David and Yolanda Harrison.
Frank W. Barr, Jr. '50, of Macon, Ga., passed away May, 30, 2011.
Harold Edward "Bud" Coffin, Jr. '50, of Virginia Beach, Va., died on March 28, 2012. Coffin was the CFO for ADS Management Group for 16 years. He played clarinet in the Charlotte Symphony for 19 years and was a former member of the Norfolk Sports Club. He enjoyed gardening, golf, and the beach. He is survived by his son, Tristram P. Coffin (Jana), 1207 Mediterranean Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451-4337; two daughters, Elizabeth C. Gall (Paul) and Frances E. Coffin; and three granddaughters, Rachel and Hannah Gall and Allyson Coffin. Coffin is also survived by his life partner, Carlene Gischel, her two daughters, Amanda Harrison (Sean) and Erika Lynn Mitchell (Trey), and her grandchildren, Willow, Cian, and Shaylee Harrison and Holie, Olliver, and Matt Mitchell.
Thomas Lawson Hodges III '50, 85, of Thomasville, N.C., died July 4, 2012, with his family at his side. Born in Danville, Va., on May 21, 1927, to Lawson and Julia Hodges, Hodges had lived in Thomasville since 1963 when he accepted a management position with Thomasville Furniture Industries. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Thomasville for 49 years, serving first as a deacon and later as an elder. He was a former member of the Mayodan-Washington Mills YMCA, including the YMCA's traveling basketball team, following college. In recent years he had become very active again as a YMCA participant until his health declined several months ago. His church family and Y family were extremely special to him. Hodges excelled in high school at Homestead High School in Florida. Among his achievements, he was a champion debater, all state band selection, and a starting guard on his state championship basketball team. Hodges received a bachelor's degree in economics from Davidson College in 1950, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. Further education included a master's of business administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He spent 22 years in private industry before becoming a college professor in accounting at Davidson County Community College in 1972, retiring in 2003. He also served as an adjunct professor at High Point University, Catawba College, and Greensboro College; and was a non-practicing certified public accountant. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John R. Hodges, and his beloved wife of 54 years, Jo Alice Joyce Hodges, who passed away in 2008. He is survived by his son, Thomas Lawson Hodges IV (Crystal), 117 Kathland Ave., Thomasville, NC 27360-2612; granddaughter, Addison; grandson, Lawson; and soon-to-be grandson-in-law, Stephen Garlick. He loved each one of them dearly.
John Laurence McCann, Jr. '50 died peacefully on July 13, 2012. A Charlotte native, McCann was born on Oct. 30, 1928, to Louise Stevens and John Laurence McCann, Sr. After attending Davidson, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his return from the service, he joined his father in the insurance business, working for Jefferson Standard Life his entire career. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. McCann was a lifelong member of Charlotte Country Club, where he grew up playing golf as a young boy. He was a passionate and well-known golfer in the Carolinas; having won both the Carolinas Amateur and the Club Championship in 1954. Utilizing his knowledge of the golf swing, McCann would often be found walking the practice tee, to help his "buddies" with their game. He was also an avid and accomplished bridge and card player, loved animals, was a voracious reader, and enjoyed spending time with his beloved family. McCann was endearingly referred to as "Bucky" by his grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Louise McCann Miller. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Sickles McCann, 3114 Brookridge Ln., Charlotte, NC 28211-2730; two daughters, Elizabeth "Tippi" M. Moose and Mary M. Pate; two sons, John Laurence McCann III (Deborah) and William Stevens McCann (Kim); 11 grandchildren; and his forever loyal "furry friends" Sadie, Zoie, and Delilah.
Robert Scovel Wells '50, 85, of Sunnyside Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Va., died on June 18, 2012. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anne McLean Wells, whom he married on Dec. 28, 1948, and with whom he has now reunited in love. The Reverend "Bob" Wells was born Oct. 24, 1926, in Petersburg, Va., and was a son of the late Horatio Harold and Louise Hendrickson Wells. He and his wife pastored and lived in Eden, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Roanoke, and Richmond before moving to Harrisonburg in 1985, when he retired. Following service as a medic in the U.S. Navy in WWII, Wells studied at Davidson, but graduated from the University of Richmond. He began work in his father's chicken hatchery in Richmond while going to school. He assumed ownership and grew the business stronger. While serving as a young adult leader in the Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Richmond, he met Anne, fell in love, and they were married. After the birth of their four children, Wells felt a sense of call into the Christian ministry, a vocation in which he faithfully served for many years. His ministry was marked by a focus on youth and families and continued as he extended care and a listening ear to family, friends, and the Sunnyside staff to the end. Wells was very active and supportive of the ministries of Massanetta Springs. He is survived by two sons, Robert S. Wells, Jr. (Donna) and David M. Wells (Kathy); two daughters, Laura Wells Holbrook (Fred), c/o Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Rd., Harrisonburg, VA 22801, and Carol Wells Are (Tom); one sister, Louise Riggan Temple; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Russell S. Miller '51, of Hendersonville, N.C., passed away Aug. 1, 2012.
John Harvey Roddey, Jr. '51, a native Charlottean and resident of Sharon Towers, died on May 6, 2012, at home. Roddey was born on Oct. 21, 1929, in Presbyterian Hospital, the son of the late Julia Irwin Roddey and John Harvey Roddey. He entered Davidson in the Class of 1951, where he graduated with a degree in economics. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. In 1951, Roddey became associated with the American Trust Company and worked for its successor banks for 41 years, retiring from NationsBank (now Bank of America) as a vice president. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Korean conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1954 and returned to the bank. He worked in several of the bank's departments, including the trust department and managed the Charlotte town branch and the main office branch. At the time of his retirement, he was located in the private banking department. While at the bank, Roddey was a member of the Providence Civitan Club and served on the board of the Florence Crittenton Services and the board of advisors of the Mountain Retreat Association. From childhood until 1984, Roddey belonged to Myers Park Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon and elder. In 1958, he and Laura Sue Mitchell were married in Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Laura preceded him in death in October 2001, after 43 years of marriage. In 1984, he and Laura joined Covenant Presbyterian Church, where Roddey was a member at the time of his death. During their years at Covenant, he and Laura were very active in the work of their church. Roddey served on numerous committees and as an elder. He also volunteered at the Men's Uptown Shelter, the Hospice Adopt Team, the Bloodmobile, Friendship Trays, and was a tutor at Myers Park Traditional School. After moving to Sharon Towers, he enjoyed serving on several committees there, also. Roddey is survived by his children, Julie Roddey Paul, P.O. Box 54, Davidson, NC 28036-0054, and Thomas Mitchell "Tim" Roddey (Emma). Also surviving are his four grandchildren, Laura DeRenne Roddey, Thomas Mitchell Roddey, Jr., Melinda Grace Paul, and Genevieve Marie Paul. Additional survivors include his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Julia and Martin Clark; two nieces, Laura Clark Zhao (John) and Helen Clark Overmyer (John); three great-nieces; and two great-nephews.
Bruce Garrison Ballenger '52, 81, died on July 28, 2012, at the Plantation Estates in Matthews, N.C. Ballenger was born in Hickory to Dorothy Collins Ballenger and Richard Edmonds Ballenger. He graduated Davidson with a degree in business administration. After graduation, he worked for Hanover Bank in New York, where he met Nancy Lee, 733 Plantation Estates Dr., Apt. D211, Matthews, NC 28105-2538. They were married in 1953 in Watertown, Conn., moved to Charlotte, and lived happily ever after. Ballenger worked for Wachovia and First Union until he left to open a commercial real estate business from which he retired in 1977. His four children, their spouses, and his seven grandchildren have been a tremendous source of pride, pleasure, and companionship over the years. His abiding love of golf provided many hours of enjoyment with his regular group at the Quail Hollow Club and pickup games on his many travels to foreign lands. He was also faithful participant in the post-workout roundtable lunches at the Dowd Y. He belonged to St. John's Episcopal Church, and was a charter member of the Fishing Bay Society. His interest in genealogy led to graveyard searches in England and America, and many Internet discoveries. He wrote The Ballengers of Tryon, copies of which are in several historical libraries, as well as in the libraries of far-flung relatives.
Alvin Grier Cain '52, 82, of Gastonia, N.C., died May 30, 2012, at Covenant Village. He was born Feb. 21, 1930, in Gastonia, a son of the late Samuel Augustus Cain and Mary Virginia Grier Cain. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Augustus Cain. Cain was a lifelong member of First Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia. He served the church in many ways, including as a deacon and elder. Cain graduated from Davidson in 1952 with a B.S. in business and economics. After a brief career in banking, he joined his father-in-law's company, Spencer Lumber Company, the largest and oldest lumber/construction company in Gastonia. He designed, built, and remodeled some of the city's most beautiful homes. While working at Spencer Lumber Company, Cain founded the Cain Collection, a company selling period cabinet and door hardware. He then co-founded the retail business Luxury Crafts in Gastonia. In 1973, Cain purchased an art firm, The Orleans Company, and moved its headquarters from New York City to Gastonia. From that foundation, he created Chelsea House, known today as one of the premier home furnishings companies selling a wide range of furniture and home furnishings items both domestically and internationally. Chelsea House became the leader in the industry for its commitment to sophistication and style. Cain traveled the world to bring the best designs and craftsmanship to Chelsea House. Cain served as founder and chief executive officer of the company until 2009. In addition to his work with First ARP Church, Cain was involved with, and on the board of, many civic and professional organizations. He served as the director of the Gastonia Chamber of Commerce, director of the Gastonia Merchants' Association, president of the Gaston Crippled Children's Society, president of the Jaycees, and director of the Civitan Club. In 1982, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award as Gastonia's Man of the Year. He also served as a lifetime trustee of Limestone College. Cain is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Ann Spencer Cain, 1351 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054-1693; daughter, Ginny Cain Ratchford (Bill); son, William Spencer Cain (Monica); five grandchildren, William Daniel Ratchford, Laura Ratchford Hanf (Jason), Elizabeth Cain Williams (Coleman), Mary Spencer Cain, and Samuel Augustus Cain II; and great-granddaughter, Madison Grace Hanf. In addition to his great love of his family, Cain had a lifelong passion for history, architecture, and the decorative arts. He worked with many great museums and historical societies. He was a most gracious gentleman, known for his warm hospitality, quick wit, and entertaining stories.
Don Perkins Lazenby '52, a well-liked and greatly respected longtime resident of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away on May 7, 2012, at Hospice House after a prolonged struggle with lymphoma. He was born in Bluefield, W.Va., on Feb. 3, 1929. He earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson in 1952. At Davidson, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. In 1969, he went on to earn a graduate degree in banking from the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University. He and Madeleine "Monie" Freeman were married Aug. 16, 1954, in Bluefield. After their marriage, they moved to North Carolina, where he began his career at Wachovia Bank. The family relocated to Fort Myers in 1965 when Lazenby took a position with Lee County Bank. He concluded a distinguished career as president of South Florida Bank. Lazenby was a naturally gifted athlete, lettering in football, basketball, baseball, and track in both high school and college. He continued to pursue his love of sports playing golf (scoring two holes in one!), and also coaching junior pro and church league basketball. He was an avid bridge player. A devoted family man, he enjoyed vacationing and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. Active at Covenant Presbyterian Church for over 40 years, he served as both a deacon and an elder and regularly enjoyed a Wednesday prayer breakfast group. He supported local community organizations including the Kiwanis Club and Civil Service Board, among others. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Clyde and Eula Perkins Lazenby, his twin sister, Dorothy "Dot" Martin, and her husband, Wade Martin. His wife, Madeleine, 1303 Vesper Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33901, daughter, Sarah Lazenby, and son, Bill Lazenby (Laurie) survive him. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jonathan Simon, Jennifer, Barbara Ann, Emily, and Will Lazenby, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
James Knight Rogers '52, 84, of Hendersonville, N.C., went to be with the Lord on May 27, 2012. He was born on March 4, 1928, in Reidsville, N.C. He was preceded in death by two sons, James Knight Rogers, Jr. and Lawrence Henderson Rogers. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Frances Carolyn Rogers, 1230 State St., Apt. 7, Hendersonville, NC 28739-6093; two daughters, Lynn Lusk (Chuck) and Janet Corbin; and four grandsons, Chaz Lusk (Leti) and two sons, Saber Morgan Lusk and Emry Knight Lusk, Christopher Lusk (Sarah), Derick Rogers, and Devin Rogers (Desiree) and three children, Cadance, Nathanial, and Avina. Rogers lived an incredible life. Orphaned at the age of 10 years old, he went on to impact the world greatly as a community servant, entrepreneur, and dedicated leader of his family. Growing up he attended Reidsville High School, where he excelled in all sports, particularly football, achieving All-State his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He was awarded a football scholarship to Davidson, where he received his bachelor's degree in business. He then began a career in the textile industry, which brought his family to Sylva, N.C., in 1964 as the manager of Skyland Textile Industries, the maker of "Buster Brown" children's clothes. After many years of dedicated service, he became vice president of manufacturing. While living in Sylva, he was very active in the First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, and serving as a deacon. He was also involved in coaching youth football and the Boy Scouts. After retiring from Skyland Textiles he owned and operated three Western Steer steakhouses in Waynesville, Franklin, and Brevard, N.C. He and his wife moved to Hendersonville from Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 2001. Many people will remember him as an employee at Ingles grocery store on Asheville Highway. There he made countless friends as he greeted them with his warm smile, a hug, a funny joke, or a song. His life was always a reflection of his love for Jesus Christ.
Eugene Griffin Beckman, Jr. '53, known to his friends as "Jiffie," age 78, of Columbia, S.C., passed away Aug. 10, 2011, after a lengthy illness. He died peacefully surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 26, 1932, to the late Eugene and Natalie Beckman. He attended Davidson. He retired from service in the state of South Carolina government having served in the administrations of Governor Carol Campbell, Governor David Beasley, and, for a short time, Governor Mark Sanford. For his service to the state of South Carolina, he was awarded The Order of the Palmetto by Governor Campbell and by Governor Beasley. At the time of his death, he was serving as the executive director of the South Carolina Physicians Healthcare Charity. He was a devoted churchman during his life, serving as an elder at Indiantown Presbyterian Church, Shandon Presbyterian Church, and Forest Lake Presbyterian Church, and taught Sunday school for more than 40 years. He had a great love of music and served as choir director at Indiantown Presbyterian Church and as a choir member at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. He served on many committees within the Presbyterian Church, taking a very active role in the reconciliation of the northern and southern branches to form the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He was a member of the Indiantown Lodge #165 in Hemingway, S.C. He received the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Degrees and received the 32° in Columbia, S.C., on June 3, 1989. The Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite in Washington, D.C., recognized and honored him with his election as a 32° Knight Commander of the Court of Honor on Oct. 18,1993, and again he was elected to receive the 33° and Last Degree on Oct. 30,1999. He served on the Columbia Board of Directors for the E.C. Singleton Rite Care Center, which serves preschool aged children with speech and language services, and was elected to the board of trustees of the Scottish Rite Foundation of South Carolina and served as secretary. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, the former Gwendolyn Wilson, 6034 Woodvine Rd., Columbia, SC 29206-4350. He has a son, Eugene Griffin Beckman III (Shannon); two daughters, Rebecca Beckman Hill (Thomas) and Cynthia Beckman Hansen (Henning); five grandchildren, Rebecca Elizabeth Johnson (Brandon), Carson Eugene Beckman (Toshya), Jonathan Cooper Beckman, Trey Hill (Allison), and Kristen Hill Colvin (Kevin); great-grandchildren, Caiden Eugene Beckman, Braydon Eugene Johnson, Ben, Adam, and Ian Colvin, and Brendan and Sarah Hill; and a sister-in-law, Carol Beckman. He was preceded in death by his brother, William Peter Beckman '60. He was much loved by his family, who will miss him until the day they all meet again with Christ in eternity.
William "Bill" Tazewell Morris, Jr. '54, 80, a native and lifelong resident of Asheville, N.C., died at his home on June 23, 2012. The cause was lung cancer. Morris was the son of the late William Tazewell and Evelyn Bailey Morris, and husband of the late Sara Martin Morris. He attended Davidson and the University of North Carolina, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Morris retired in 1997 after 24 years as a salesman for Southern Pump and Tank Company of Charlotte. Morris was active in the Asheville Rotary Club, the Asheville Jaycees, and the Rhododendron Brigade of Guards. Survivors include his wife, Arlene Pulley Morris, P.O. Box 8732, Asheville, NC 28814; two sons, William Tazewell Morris III (Penny Morris) and Joseph Maryon Morris (Eve Gartner); five grandchildren; a brother, Augustus R. Morris, Sr.; and a nephew and niece. Well known for his love of animals, Morris rescued dozens of sick and injured dogs and cats over the years and brought them into his home.
Robert "Bob" Oxford Black '55, 78, of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away June 28, 2012. He was born in Johnson City, Tenn., and was a graduate of Davidson and Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. Black practiced optometry in Knoxville and Sevierville. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, attended Officer Candidate School, and served as a lieutenant JG in Cuba. Black was a member of Union Cumberland Presbyterian Church and elder, who ministered for many years as worship coordinator, and will be greatly missed. He also served on the board of Camp Chilhowee for the Presbytery of East Tennessee. Black was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Clayton Black and Ruth Culver Black. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jane Walker Black, 556 Cherokee Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37919-6603; sister-in-law, Sandra Walker Jenkins; nephew, Walker "Skip" Jenkins; and cousins, Charlie Franc Culver and Edwin Black.
Nicholas Eugene "Gene" Stallworth Scarborough, Sr. '55, of Camden, S.C., died March 23, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Paula Pannell Scarborough, P.O. Box 281, Camden, SC 29021; his brother, Claude Mood Scarborough, Jr.; three sons, Nicholas Eugene Stallworth Scarborough, Jr., Mikell Ross Scarborough, and William Lucas Scarborough; and five grandchildren.
Homer A. Bodiford, Jr. '57, 76, of Oakland, Fla., died Oct. 17, 2011. His wife is Patricia Borch Bodiford, P.O. Box 86, Oakland, FL 34760.
John "Jack" William Kerr '57, longtime St. Charles, Ill., resident, passed away at home July 2, 2012. Kerr was born Feb. 24, 1935, and raised in Jacksonville, Fla., where many of his relatives still reside. Kerr attended Davidson, where he pledged Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a national fraternity. Kerr graduated from Davidson with a B.A. in economics. Kerr married Mary Celestia Neder in 1960. In 1963, they moved to St. Petersburg, Fla. Kerr was employed by Allstate Insurance Company. Kerr and his family were transferred to Marietta, Ga., in 1980. In 1985, they transferred again from Marietta to St. Charles. Kerr retired from Allstate Insurance Company in 1995, after 32 years of service. After graduating from college, Kerr joined the U.S. Army, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant, and received orders to report for active duty for two years. In 1959, Kerr was released from active duty and was reassigned to the U.S. Army Reserves. Kerr served in various positions while in the Army. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel. After 30 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves, he retired in 1987. Kerr had been very involved in the Fox Valley community since moving there in 1985 from Marietta, Ga., with his wife of 52 years, Mary Neder Kerr, 36W718 Oak Ridge Ln., Saint Charles, IL 60174. Community service was very important to him; this is evident in the many organizations to which he gave his time and talents. Kerr had served as a commissioner of the St. Charles Park District Board since 1987. Throughout the years, Kerr served in many capacities on the park board: president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. He was also a representative and treasurer for the Norris Cultural Arts Center Board. Kerr was also a representative on the Kane County Citizens Advisory Committee, River Corridor Foundation, the Kane County Judicial Center Master Plan Committee, and the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association. Kerr was also an active member of the St. Charles Kiwanis Club, was past president of the B.O.Y.S. (Benevolent Order of Youthful Seniors) Club, and he served as a Republican precinct committee member. Kerr was also a very active member of St. Charles Episcopal Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, as chairman of the stewardship committee, and as senior warden. Kerr is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, John William, Jr. (Krsten); his daughter, Jennifer Kerr Robinson; his two grandsons, Joshua Michael and Jacob Thomas; his sisters, Virginia Houser and Ellene McKinney; and many nephews, nieces, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellen and James Kerr, and two brothers, James K. Kerr, Jr. and Robert Kerr. Memorials may be made to the Davidson College Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
Richard "Dick" Barry Hellstrom '58, 75, died Nov. 21, 2011, in Fort Pierce, Fla. Although Hellstrom was born in Jacksonville, he lived his entire life in St. Lucie County. He attended Davidson and then University of Florida, graduating with his bachelor of civil engineering in 1960, becoming a diehard Gator fan. Hellstrom was infamous for his many witticisms, among them, "work smarter, not harder," but he was no stranger to hard work. A registered professional engineer since 1964 (no. 8230 and proud of his low number!), early in his career Hellstrom worked as resident engineer for the Peace River Valley Water Conservation and Drainage District in Bartow, as administrative assistant to Florida Secretary of State Tom Adams in Tallahassee, staff director for the Florida Senate Committee on Natural Resources, and staff director for the Florida House Select Committee on Water Resources. In 1968, he began his private engineering career as principal and vice president of Beindorf and Associates, Consulting Engineers in Vero Beach and Fort Pierce, and then began his own engineering firm, Hellstrom & Associates, in 1973. In 1981, Hellstrom merged with another Treasure Coast firm to form Lindahl, Browning, Ferrari & Hellstrom, where he was president and CEO until his retirement in 2000. Honored by his peers, Hellstrom was selected "Young Engineer of the Year" for the state by the Florida Engineering Society in 1965, "Engineer of the Year" for Florida Engineering Society, Treasure Coast Chapter, and served as a member of those organizations, as well as the American Society of Civil Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, and Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers. Committed to the community, Hellstrom served as president of Fort Pierce Rotary, where he was a member from 1969-2004 and renowned for his fireside chats welcoming new members. He was also president of the St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce in 1976, served on the board of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, as chair of the Student Advisory Council at Westwood High School and as a member of the Forest Grove Middle School Student Advisory Council, has been a board member of Sun Bank (now SunTrust) and Harbor Federal Savings Bank, served on the Florida Bar Grievance Committee, and was a member of Indian River Presbyterian Church. In recent years, Hellstrom was instrumental in the renovation and revitalization efforts to restore the Sunrise Theatre, helping to bring a cultural icon from his childhood in Fort Pierce to new life. Hellstrom and his family were founding members of the theatre and attended many shows since its grand reopening. Hellstrom himself offered a tremendous contribution to the entertainment world, performing on his instrument of choice, the spoons, at many gatherings of friends and family. Other hobbies included hiking outdoors and traveling, with adventures that Hellstrom relished with his family, including Disney World, the mountains, and his annual father-daughter summer trip. Everything in Hellstrom's life was colored by his irreverent sense of humor. He had a joke for everyone and for every day, and brought joy and laughter to the people he loved, even as they surrounded him during the final days of his illness. Hellstrom is also remembered for the many projects and tasks he completed with the structured tenet of an engineer, including his need for defined creases in his khakis pants. A former co-worker said, "I hope they have irons in heaven so Hellstrom can get creases in his robe." Hellstrom is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Sandi Hellstrom, 8824 Bally Bunion Rd., Port Saint Lucie, FL 34986-3085; devoted children, Michael D. Hellstrom, M.D. (Regina), Mark D. Hellstrom (Deanna), and Lauren Alexandra Hellstrom; and grandchildren, Justin Hellstrom, Erich Hellstrom, Dylan Hellstrom, and Searlait Elizabeth Hellstrom.
Dr. J. Gary Maynard, Jr. '58, 76, died May 8, 2012, surrounded by his loving family after suffering a stroke. Battling multiple illnesses, he persevered through years of trials, but remarkably, the last few weeks of his life were filled with more vim and vigor than he had known in a while. The day of his stroke, he woke early, shared a cup of coffee with his beloved wife, Sally, and watched the sunrise over the Rappahannock River. Later he tended his garden, and shortly thereafter, collapsed. He was flown by helicopter to MCV (he would have loved that a helicopter landed in the field next to the "River House"). He did not suffer; but his life was more than his most recent health struggles. His life was a testimony to faith, professionalism, zeal, good humor, hard work, and family fun. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Gary and Grace Lee Maynard, of Cheraw, S.C., and his sister, Barbara Maynard Bryant. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Sally Mason Maynard, 1500 Westbrook Ct., Richmond, VA 23227, and their children and families: his daughter, Sara Sommers (Jeff) and children, Sally, Samuel, and Polly; his daughter, Catherine Armstrong (Jeff) and children, Thomas, Will, Owen, and Grace; his son, John Gary Maynard III '90 (Cindy) and children, Jake, Avery, and Pierce; and his son, Mason Maynard (Kristina) and children, Ansley, Mason, and Leighton. Additionally, he is survived by his brother-in-law, Dr. J. Lorin Mason (Bebe), and numerous nieces and nephews. Born April 14, 1936, and raised in the small town of Cheraw, S.C., he was a man of humble roots, whose parents instilled a strong faith, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence. He graduated from Davidson 1958, MCV School of Dentistry in 1962, and the University of Kentucky graduate program in periodontics in 1967. He practiced periodontics for 40 years. During these years Maynard also taught at the VCU-MCV perio-graduate program, contributed to textbooks, and lectured throughout the U.S. and world. He received numerous awards and recognitions including president of the Richmond Dental Society, founder and president of Virginia Society of Periodontics, president of the Southern Academy of Periodontology, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, Master Clinician Award from the American Academy of Periodontology, and MCV-VCU Outstanding Alumni of the Year. Just this April, the VCU School of Dentistry named the Graduate Perio Clinic in honor of Maynard and his colleague, Dr. Richard Wilson. This was the culmination of a career dedicated to service, research, and teaching. Additionally, he contributed to the community as he served as Collegiate School Trustee Board member, deacon and elder to River Road Presbyterian Church, West End Rotarian, Westminster Canterbury Board member, Presbyterian School of Christian Education Board member, and a founding member of the International Hospital for Children, now known as the World Pediatric Project. Of all of his honors, none was greater than the love and respect of his family, office staff, patients, colleagues, and students. While his career as a periodontist reaped accolades, those successes paled in comparison to his achievement as a son, husband, father, and friend. He showed us how to live with humor, grace, dignity, fortitude, and perseverance.
Harvey Howard Smith '58, 79, of La Grange, Ky., passed away on Aug. 22, 2012. He was born in Charlotte, N.C., to Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Smith, Sr. on Nov. 8, 1932. He was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force from 1953-57. He graduated from Davidson in 1958 and Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga., in 1961. He received his doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., in 1979. The Reverend Dr. Smith served as a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at churches in Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky, and also served interim pastorates in Bardstown, Ky., and Cincinnati, Ohio. He served on the board of trustees for Montreat Conference Center and Montreat-Anderson College in North Carolina. Smith was also involved in various General Assembly, Synod, and Presbytery councils and committees. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Keitt Smith, P.O. Box 2, La Grange, KY 40031-0002; his children, Robert James Smith and Peggy Smith Waters (Harold); his grandchildren, Troy Smith (Maria Luisa), Heather Cannaday (Roy), Autumn Smith, Noah Waters, Zachary Stone, Andrew Smith, and Connor Waters. He is also survived by his brother, Robert James Smith, Jr. '42 (Betty Scott), and sister, Ann Smith Bertini. Memorials may be made to Davidson College, Box 7170, Davidson, NC 28035-7170.
Robin Nathaniel Wooten, Jr. '58, of Lakeland, Fla., passed away peacefully of lung cancer on Aug. 7, 2012, at the Palliative Care Unit at Lakeland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Shelby, N.C., on Dec. 15, 1936, to Robin and Sara Margaret Wooten. He graduated from Davidson and from the UNC School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. He completed his internship in straight surgery at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in Lexington. Wooten completed his psychiatric residency at UNC in 1970. During those years, he was chosen fellow for the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and received the Best Resident Award. He moved to Lakeland in 1970, and began his 38 years as psychiatrist at the Watson Clinic, where he was chairman of the psychiatric department for many years. He was chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Lakeland Regional Medical Center 1991-1993 and 1997-2002. He also practiced in Ocala and in Wauchula. Wooten was included in Top Psychiatrists in America, 2007-2008. During his career, Wooten was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Association, and the Polk County Medical Association. He was recently elected by the APA to be a life fellow in recognition of his significant contributions to psychiatry. Wooten is survived by his family: wife of 21 years, Janet Wooten, 1162 Waterfall Ln., Lakeland, FL 33803-5980; son, Ashley Wooten; daughters, Katharine Wooten, Liz Antaya (Jason), and Alexandra Jenkins; and grandchildren, Adam and Carmen Antaya.
Thomas Barker Hollingsworth '60, 73, of Greenwood, S.C., passed away May 1, 2012, at Hospice House of the Piedmont. Hollingsworth, a native of Atlanta, Ga., was the son of the late Thomas Luther and Gwendolyn Barker Hollingsworth. He attended Davidson and graduated from Newberry College. Hollingsworth began his lifelong career in the textile industry in 1960 as a trainee with Springs Mills' Grace Bleachery. He became vice president of finishing there. He was later vice president of finishing at Mount Hope Finishing in Butner, N.C. He retired in 2009 as president of the Bamberg Division-Rockland Industries. He was a deacon in the Presbyterian church. Hollingsworth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Douglas Abernethy Hollingsworth, 151 Woodridge Rd., Apt. 202, Greenwood, SC 29646-8550; his sons, Thomas Barker Hollingsworth, Jr. (Susan) and Jonathan Croft Hollingsworth (Melissa); his daughters, Martha Hollingsworth Thompson (James) and Ruth Abernethy Hollingsworth (Dell Pearce); his sister, Marian Hollingsworth Phifer (James); seven grandchildren, Ruth Abernethy Thompson, Jon Croft Hollingsworth, Jr., James Patrick Thompson, Evans Kathleen Hollingsworth, Elizabeth Grace Hollingsworth, Thomas Barker Hollingsworth III, and Drayson Youngblood; and many cherished nieces and nephews.
Former U.S. Rep. Charles "Charlie" Grandison Rose III '61, who used his seat on the House Agriculture Committee to aid farmers and protect the tobacco crops that brought wealth to farmers in his North Carolina district, died Sept. 3, 2012. Rose, 73, died of Parkinson's disease at a hospital near their northern Alabama home, said his wife, Stacye Hefner, 365 Frasier Ln. Albertville, AL 35951-7524. Rose was diagnosed with the degenerative brain disorder last year. Rose, a Democrat, spent 24 years in Washington representing the 7th Congressional District, which included his hometown of Fayetteville and much of North Carolina's southeastern region. Elected in 1972, the attorney and former prosecutor became one of the most powerful lawmakers in Congress and used his seat on the House Agriculture Committee to back the interests of farmers, especially tobacco growers back home. Rose's successor in the 7th District was his former intern, Democrat Mike McIntyre, who is seeking re-election this November. As chairman in the early 1990s of the House Administration Committee-which oversees office space, security, and lawmaker expenses-Rose was nicknamed the "mayor of the Capitol" and was said to be looking for an opening to run for speaker of the House. But the Washington dealmaker found himself in the House minority for the first time in his career when Republicans, led by soon-to-be House Speaker Newt Gingrich, won broad gains in the 1994 elections. Rose said the election resulted in a Congress full of "ideologues unwilling to compromise," adding that they "over-promised or narrowly dedicated themselves to solving one or two issues." Rose announced his retirement in 1996 and started lobbying Washington with his third wife, the daughter of longtime Rep. Bill Hefner, D-N.C. Hefner, who represented the 8th District for 24 years, retired two years later. "They had served together" for years, Stacye Hefner said. "They were really, really best buddies." Rose and his wife moved to Albertville, Ala., to be near Ms. Hefner's mother after former Rep. Hefner died in 2009. The elder Hefners had returned to the community where they grew up and still had extended family. The Roses largely gave up their lobbying work with the move. Besides his wife, Rose is survived by a sister, Irene Owen; a brother, Fred Rose '72; four children, Charles, Louise, Kelly, and Parker; and a stepson, Joseph Hawk.
Archibald Henderson Scales III '63, 70, of Winston-Salem, N.C., died May 11, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center. "Arch" was born in Norfolk, Va., on June 2, 1941, to the late Archibald Henderson Scales II and Carolyn Evans Scales. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Erskine Scales. Scales was raised in Greensboro, N.C., until his father returned from naval service after WWII, when the family moved to Winston-Salem. He graduated from Davidson in 1963 and earned his law degree from the UNC School of Law in 1966. Scales then began active duty service as an officer in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he served proudly and with distinction in an active duty and reserve capacity for 28 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel and receiving the Meritorious Service Medal along with other awards and decorations. After completion of active military service, he began his civilian practice of law with the firm of Craige Brawley in Winston-Salem. Scales continued to practice predominately in the areas of trust and estate planning, tax, and real estate law for over 40 years. He was a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Forsyth County Bar Association, and numerous civic and community organizations, including the Forsyth Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, the Winston-Salem Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association, and the Twin City Kiwanis Club-both of which he served as their president. Scales grew up in and was a longtime active member of Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, where he served as a deacon, and more recently, St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, where he served in its Stephen Ministry. Scales is survived by his son, Richard Henderson Scales (Fanny Laure Scales) and their son and daughter, Justin Evan Scales and Alois Emma Scales; his daughter, Lindsay Scales Bernal and her sons, Cullen Henderson Bernal and Evan Pell Bernal, 2348 Rosewood Ave., Winston-Salem, NC 27103-3639; Richard and Lindsay's mother and his former wife, Kay Ezzell Frank; former wife, Nancy Weed Scales; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Franklin Dunlop Thompson, Jr. '63, 71, of Fort Mill, S.C., passed away suddenly on June 19, 2012, at CMC Pineville, N.C. He was born in Wadesboro, N.C., on March 4, 1941, to the late Franklin D. and Mary Louise Thompson. Thompson retired from Barclays American Bank, where he served as senior vice president of factoring. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Richard S. Thompson and David L. Thompson. Thompson is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ginger, 794 Platium Dr., Fort Mill, SC 29708; children, Franklin D. "Chip" Thompson III (Dawn) and Daniel O. Thompson; brother, Charles Thompson (Pat); and three grandchildren, Perrin Elisabeth Thompson, Franklin Loew Thompson, and Dylan James Thompson.
William E. Doggett III '67, 66, of Birmingham, Ala., died Aug. 7, 2012. He was a physician with Med-Help Family Care in Birmingham, following a 35-year career as an internist and pulmonary specialist at Medical Center East. Doggett was a graduate of Davidson and the UAB School of Medicine. He completed his residency at UAB and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He was a worldwide traveler and lifelong learner. For the past 25 years, he took graduate and undergraduate courses in English, history, French, German, astronomy, and other subjects at UAB, and attended summer institutes at Cambridge, Oxford, NYU, and Aix-en-Provence. He established the Grace Lindsley Waits Scholarship for the study of English at UAB, in honor of Mrs. Waits, an inspiring English teacher at Banks High School. He is preceded in death by his father, Dr. William E. Doggett, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Mildred C. Doggett; sisters, Dr. Connie D. Buchanan (Michael) and Margaret D. Rushton (Francis); brothers, David E. Doggett '72, 5274 Paramont Dr., Birmingham, AL 35210-2849, and Timothy H. Doggett (Julie); six nieces and nephews; and many friends.
A. Wayne Lane '67, 67, died Aug. 20, 2012, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Lane was born in Panama City, Fla., a son of the late Caroll and Willie Belle Coker Lane. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War. Lane received a M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina and was a teacher at Florence-Darlington Technical College. Surviving are his wife, Salley Carter Lane, 106 Dunlop St., Marion, SC 29571; son, Michael Lane (Summer Collins Lane); daughter, Kristen Lane Spotts (Christopher Ryan Spotts); brother, Joe Caroll Lane (Gail); as well as three grandchildren.
Geoffrey Lee Seamans '68, 66, of Decatur, Ga., passed away on July 19, 2012 from lung cancer. Seamans' keen interest in current affairs and love of a good argument found a happy union on the editorial pages of the Roanoke Times. For most of his 32 years with the newspaper, Seamans was an editorial writer. He retired in 2005, serving most recently as the associate editor of the editorial pages. Whether opining on the happenings of Congress or in small town halls across Southwest Virginia, Seamans was remembered for stating his views eloquently and vehemently. "I remember he enjoyed arguing," said Alan Sorensen, former editor of the editorial pages for the Roanoke Times. "He was upset by politicians who didn't seem to defend their positions rationally, or to fully appreciate the effect their policies had on people who were disadvantaged or struggling to get by." An avid pipe smoker, Seamans could often be seen strolling the streets of downtown Roanoke after smoking was banned in the newspaper building, seemingly lost in thought about the next day's editorial. After graduating from Davidson, serving a stint in Vietnam for the U.S. Army band, and earning a master's degree in history from Duke University, Seamans was hired as a reporter for the Roanoke Times in 1973. He worked out of the newspaper's now-defunct Shenandoah Valley bureau and later covered higher education, at one point winning a Landmark Award for distinguished reporting. "He had the knowledge, he had the memory, he had all the tools a good reporter needed," said Forrest "Frosty" Landon, former executive editor of the Roanoke Times. In 1980, Seamans joined the editorial staff, where he found his true calling. "He loved it," said his wife, Nan Seamans, 160 E. Parkwood Rd., Decatur, GA 30030-2812. "That was just exactly the right place for him, influencing the Roanoke Valley." As outraged as Seamans could get over an issue, colleagues said he was always open to talking to readers who might have a different view. "He respected debate, and he liked hearing the other side of arguments and getting into the fray of that," Sorensen said. Seamans had a wry sense of humor and was known for loud guffaws that would liven up a meeting of the editorial board. On a biographical questionnaire for the newspaper, Seamans was once asked to list his hobbies and athletic interests. He replied: American history, drinking, sleep. As an editorial writer, Seamans focused on political, economic, and higher-education issues. His work was honored by a first-place award from the Virginia Press Association. Seamans was also involved in civic affairs, once serving as president of the neighborhood group in Old Southwest, where he and his wife lived in a pink house on Walnut Avenue. In a profile that ran in the Roanoke Times in 2005, shortly before his retirement, Seamans wrote that the best part of his job was "afflicting the powerful when they do or say truly dumb things." The "second-best, but harder part," he wrote, was "explaining and weighing issues where all sides have legitimate points."
William Hunter Gammon '70, of Raleigh, N.C., died Aug. 23, 2012, of complications from acute pancreatitis. Born July 16, 1948, in Norfolk, Va., to Hunter Oakley Gammon and Nancy Watkins Gammon, Gammon was a proud graduate of Davidson and an avid supporter of the UNC Chapel Hill. He was a recognized leader in the field of construction law in North Carolina and a generous volunteer with the Rex Hospital Foundation, working on the Rex Hospital Open and heading its affiliate Corporate Challenge for many years. Gammon graduated in 1970 from Davidson, where he was the center on the football team which captured a Southern Conference title in l969. He went on to law school at UNC, graduating in 1973. While in law school, he followed his love and passion for football by serving as a graduate assistant under Coach Bill Dooley and accompanying the team on three consecutive bowl trips. He then began his law career clerking for N.C. Supreme Court Justice Carlisle Higgins from 1973-74 before serving four years with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He then was in private practice in Washington, D.C., for 11 years, most of those years with Lewis Mitchell and Moore. While in Washington, he earned a master of law at George Washington University, though he would be the first to tell you that if there was not a parking place around the law school when he went into D.C. for class, he would find his way home early! He returned to his beloved North Carolina in 1989 to join Moore and Van Allen, PLLC in Raleigh and practiced there for 14 years, serving on the firm's executive committee for five years. In 2003, he joined Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, where he practiced at the time of his death. He was currently serving a three-year term on the N.C. Bar Association Board of Governors and its Foundation Board of Directors. He previously chaired the construction law section and took great pride in leading the Bar's Citizen Lawyer Task Force. He was currently serving as the co-chair of the Carolinas AGC/NCBA Construction Section Joint Committee. In 2012 he was proud to be listed at the top of construction lawyers in Business North Carolina's Legal Elite. He has also has been honored in Best Lawyers in America and North Carolina Super Lawyers. Gammon had many loves in his life: his wife, Jessica, 2118 White Oak Rd., Raleigh, NC 27608, to whom he has been a loving partner and cheerleader for 42 years; his daughter, Meg Gammon Blythe (Bryan Blythe '98) and their children, Margaret Davidson, William Hunter (that announcement made him cry), and their yet-to-be-born baby brother; his father, Hunter Oakley Gammon; his brother, Tracy Watkins Gammon (fiancée, Jettaka Alexander); his nieces, Courtney and Katie Gammon and Paige, Anna Walker, and Grayson Gillespie; his sister-in-laws, Lane Gillespie Cooke and Mary Margaret Gillespie; his brother-in-law, David E. Gillespie, Jr. (Dana); and his mother-in-law, Margaret C. Gillespie. His mother, who taught him what it was to be a true Southern gentleman, preceded him in death in 2001. He was a man of integrity, honesty, loyalty, and unceasing energy. Gammon's passion was golf. He continued to display the beauty of an elegant golf swing at his beloved Carolina Country Club and Blowing Rock Country Club. Nothing was finer than to enjoy a round at Blowing Rock and get home to relax on the porch and look at "his mountain," unless, of course, he could fit in a Carolina game before getting on the golf course. He was a master trip planner and as recently as month of his death had planned a trip to play golf in Scotland with 12 friends, a trip, unfortunately, that he never had the chance to complete. He loved his church, White Memorial Presbyterian, and looked forward to ushering, driving the church van, and singing the old hymns. And, he loved a good party. Memorials may be made to his beloved Davidson College, Box 7174, NC 28035-7174.
Benjamin Rice Lacy IV '72, 61, of Richmond, Va., passed away July 16, 2012. Born in Roanoke, Va., he was the son of Benjamin Rice Lacy III '43 and the late Carolyn West Lacy. He graduated from Davidson in 1972 and from the T.C. Williams School of Law in 1975. Lacy was a practicing attorney with the law firm of Sands Anderson. He was an elder of River Road Presbyterian Church, a former board member of the Commonwealth Club, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation, and a board member of the Central Virginia Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Lacy was a past president of No, Inc. Investment Club. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Schute Lacy, 105 Gun Club Rd., Richmond, VA 23221; his son, Benjamin Rice Lacy V '94; his daughter, Carolyn Lacy Brackett (Alex); three grandchildren, Abigail Lacy, and Jones and Ben Brackett; his father, Benjamin Rice Lacy III; and sister, Emily Lacy Nashner.
Thomas Lewis Lane '73, 59, of Riegelwood, N.C., went home to be with his Lord, his dad, sons, and other loved ones on March 17, 2011. Lane was born Nov. 25, 1951, in Whiteville, N.C., the son of Virginia L. Lane and the late Neal A. Lane. In addition to his mother, Lane is survived by his wife, Judy Marsh Lane, 15058 Old Lake Rd., Riegelwood, NC 28456; sons, Sean (Amanda) and Kevin Lane; and daughters, Caitlin Lane, Bryce Marsh (Lindsey), and Terri Marsh Rixon (Pete). He was preceded in death by sons, Jason and Adam Lane, and their mother, Linda Lane. Left to cherish his memory are three brothers, Roy Lane (Diane), Jeff Lane (Becky), and Jon Lane (Allison), and four sisters, Neala Hardie (Roger), Nancy Lane, Susie Smith (Gary), and Janice Dayton (Ron). He had two aunts, Martha Reinert and Georgia Morgan, many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Lane was raised in rural Columbus County, and from his childhood had a great love of the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and had a tremendous appreciation for the beauty in God's world. He was an extraordinarily intelligent and capable man, and was known as someone who could fix anything, build anything, and do anything. Lane served as a deacon in Riegelwood Baptist Church and taught Sunday school there. He worked for most of his life at the Leland Dupont plant, where he was loved and respected by his fellow workers. He was a devoted father, a loving husband, an unfailing brother, and a compassionate friend. He could always be counted on for a kind word and a helping hand, and asked little for himself. He was quick with a smile, and kept a harmonica in his pocket to add a bit of cheer to any moment.
Rockwell Lewis "Wes" Deaton, Jr. '74, of Davidson, N.C., died on July 26, 2012, after a valiant two and a half year fight against pancreatic cancer. Deaton was born at Lowrance Hospital in Mooresville, N.C, on Aug. 18, 1952, to Rockwell Lewis Deaton '39 and Eugenia Howard Deaton. His delivery by Dr. James Woods '18 gave him a strong connection to Davidson from birth. He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Francis Eugene Deaton, his father, and his mother. During his young life in Davidson, he was the organist at Davidson Methodist Church. He attended Davidson, receiving an A.B. degree in music in 1974, focusing his talent on the organ and studying with Wilmer Hayden Welsh. He went on to study the organ and piano at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, earning his master degree in music in 1976. His major teachers there were the world famous recitalists Cherry Rhodes and Donald Southerland. After moving to New York City in the fall of 1976, he did post-graduate studies with Calvin Hampton at Calvary Episcopal Church. This led to recitals in New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Davidson, among many other places. In addition to Deaton's work in advertising, he played for numerous churches, such as St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Great Neck, N.Y.; St. Philip and St. James Episcopal Church in Lake Success, N.Y., which served as the original chapel for the United Nations; and St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Woodhaven, N.Y., where he also co-designed the new organ and performed the dedication recital. Deaton's career in advertising took him around the world, as he climbed through the ranks of media departments at Scali, McCabe, Sloves; Geers Gross; and Publicis New York, where he was the senior vice president, media director, with oversight responsibilities for all the company's accounts. Among his major and varied accounts were Polo Ralph Lauren, Nikon, Sharp Electronics, the Movie Channel, Nickelodeon, Lea and Perrins, Paloma Picasso and Giorgio Armani fragrances, and Lancôme. He felt privileged to participate in the launch teams for Nintendo, Lancôme's Trésor, and L'Oreal Skin Care in the United States. Deaton was one of 15 industry professionals featured in the 1994 20th anniversary trade campaign for People magazine. He was pictured in white tie and tails playing a miniature piano. As a Davidson student in the early 70s, he was involved in the Davidson Community Players and was stage manager for a number of productions for founder and director Connie Welsh. Ms. Welsh even insisted that he learn the part of the preacher in The Crucible in one afternoon the day before final dress, just in case she needed him. In New York, Deaton maintained this interest in the arts. He was the accompanist and performer for an off-off Broadway production at the Performing Garage of the first medieval morality play to be written down, Perseverance. He was the summer organist for the Church of the Transfiguration, often called the Little Church around the Corner, which was a safe haven for theater people. Deaton became friends with many famous performers during that time. Throughout his adult life, Deaton was an active participant in the nonprofit world. In New York, he was a member of the board of directors of Friends In Deed, an organization dedicated to the emotional, spiritual, and psychological needs of anyone affected by a life-threatening illness, primarily AIDS and cancer. Davidson always remained important to Deaton, no matter where work took him. He and his longtime partner, Jon Guttman, visited Deaton's parents several times a year. Jon's son, Jeffrey '98, even graduated from Davidson, and Rock and Eugenia acted as his local grandparents. Deaton and Jon moved to Davidson in summer 2000 after Deaton's father died. They needed to care for Deaton's aging mother. They quickly became involved in local organizations and established a marketing company, In~Motion Marketing. In 2008, Deaton became a business counselor for the Small Business and Technology Development Center, a statewide presence with an office at UNC Charlotte. During his tenure there, Deaton worked with a variety of sizes and types of business clients, getting to know people across the state. He was happy to receive his LEED AP Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) in June 2009, allowing him to work more actively with clients to develop green products, services, and buildings. Even today, Deaton is the only LEED AP employee statewide of the SBTDC. Because music was never far from Deaton's thoughts, he served in substitute and interim organist positions after moving to Davidson, leading to a five-year position as music director and organist at Derita Presbyterian Church. Since September 2011, he served as an assistant organist at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius, N.C. Deaton is survived by Jon Robert Guttman, P.O. Box 153, Davidson, NC 28036, his partner of 31 years and husband since July 9, 2010. They were married in Westport, Conn., to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their first meeting. Also, Deaton is survived by their children, Jeffrey Guttman '98 (Ellyn) and Amy Guttman Sutter (Keith); grandchildren, Zoey and Maddox Guttman; his mother-in-law, Irene Guttman; and beloved in-laws, cousins, and many friends. The family requests that you honor Deaton by making a donation to the Music Scholarship Fund at Davidson College, P.O. Box 7174, Davidson, NC 28035-7174.
James Paul Banta '77, 57, devoted husband and father, passed away at home on July 27, 2012, surrounded by his family. Born on Feb. 4, 1955, Banta was the eldest son of Thomas and Rosemary Banta of Memphis, Tenn. A graduate of Davidson, Banta worked in the sports information office and discovered his lifelong passion. A graduate student at University of Oregon at Eugene, he met and fell in love with his wife of 28 years, Judy Andrews, 13217 SW 63rd Pl., Portland, OR 97219-8071. They settled in the Portland area to raise their three sons, Christopher, Tommy, and Peter. Banta enthusiastically coached Lake Oswego Little League teams. As president of OSE Productions, Inc., he consulted for Triathlon America and Running U.S.A. He created the Adidas Oregon Track Classic. Banta is also survived by his mother, and siblings, Peter, Sarah, and Manon. Banta will be remembered for his integrity, idealism, and his persistent coaching of sports teams from his living room chair.
John Edward Barber '95, 38, of Orlando, Fla., died Oct. 17, 2011, after a 10-month battle with cancer. He was born in Winter Garden, Fla., to Nancy and the late Robert Barber on Dec. 3, 1972. Barber graduated from West Orange High School in 1991 after spending a year in Germany on a Congress-Bundestag Scholarship through AFS. He received a B.A. in political science and women's studies from the University of South Florida in 1995. Barber was a hair stylist at Vamp Hair Salon, a political/social radio commentator on XL106.7, and an entertainer wherever he went. He was also an enthusiastic fundraiser for political figures and local charities and an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. He loved and touched the Orlando community with his generosity and commitment to charity. In 2008, he was voted "Favorite Local Hair Stylist" in the Watermark Wave Awards. He is survived by his mother, Nancy Barber, 244 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden, FL 32787; his grandmother, Nancy Arnold; his sisters, Nancy Barber '86 and Robin Branch (Ron); his niece and nephews, Ellie, Steve, and Bobby Branch; his aunt and uncle, Fran and Dan Arnold, Jr.; and his aunt, Carol Booth.
David Worthington Sobel '13, 20, of Pennington, N.J., died, July 28, 2012. Born in New Brunswick, N.J., he resided in Pennington from age four until his death. Sobel was a graduate of Blair Academy, Blairstown, N.J., where he was elected to class council and the Cum Laude Society. He was a winner of numerous academic and athletic prizes and also served as captain of the varsity tennis team. He was selected to serve as a senior prefect and to deliver the class commencement address. Sobel would have been entering his junior year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where he planned to major in history. Sobel was passionate about travel to other cultures, tennis, and American politics. He was deeply concerned to find ways to redress the increasing inequality in American life. He was an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Va., where he volunteered for Habitat work days. Grandson of the late Reverend George W. and Florence Davison, and Benjamin and Jean Sobel, he is survived by his loving parents, Paul and Anne Davison Sobel, 39 N. Main St., Pennington, NJ 08534; his sister, Elizabeth Anne Sobel; and uncles, Paul Davison and Martin Sobel.