on February 7, 1942 to his University classmate,
Jeanne Charlotte Herrmann (AB '40) who is
now with her family at Brightwaters, Conn., but
who plans to return to her wori5 as psychiatric
and medical social worker at Charity Hospital in
JAMES ALPHEUS BAKER, JR. Died at his home
in Charlotte on August 6, 1944. He had been
in ill health for 18 years because of a heart ail-
ment. He was a widely known cotton merchant,
and was a partner in the firm of J. A. Baker &
Co. and in the Merchants Bonded Warehouse Co.
He was a student at the University in 1937-38.
Born at Columbia, S. C., February 3, 1919, he
was the son of James Alpheus and Ethel Vivian
(Ogg) Baker. His wife, the former Miss Emily
Dunlap, two daughters, his parents, two brothers,
a sister, and a grandmother, survive.
*AARON PLISKIN. Killed in Italy on January 20, 1944. A private in the infantry, he had vol-
unteered for service in June, 1943 and took basic
training at Camp Croft. Before attending the
University in 1937-38 he was a student at Oak
Ridge Military Institute. At the time he went
into the Army he managed his father's mercantile
Qusines. in Thomasville. Born, March 14, 19I8
in New York, he was the son of Jake and Rose
(Schulman) Pliskin, who now live at Thomas-
ville. His wife also survives, the former Lor-
raine Kay Davis, whom he married on July 14,
1940 in Philadelphia where she now live. with
*RICHARD CHARLES SIECK. BSCom. .Killed in
action in Normandy on July 13, 1944, 1st Lt.
Sieck had gone as an infantry replacement officer
from England to France some days after D-Day.
The Alumni Office had received letters from him
both in England and in Normandy, his last letter saying "we live kind of close to a foxhole
which comes in handy at times." He went into
service in 1941 after having started graduate
work at Chapel Hill, where during four years
he played tackle in football and took a leading
part in other campus activities, He was a member
of Phi Kappa Sigma. For nine months he was
a private at Camp Croft, then took officer's
training at Fort Benning, Ga. Receiving his commis-
sion, he went to Fort Sill for a year. He went
overseas with an officer replacement company.
Born at Bronx, N. Y., November 24, 1919, he
was the son of Edwin W. and Ella (Frederick)
Sieck who live now at 64 Stratmore Rd., Man-hasset, L. 1., N. Y.
*ROBERT EDWARD HERMSON. AB. Killed in a
plane crash in the Palomar Mountains in California on May 30, 1944. Lt. (jg) Hermson, a
Navy fighter pilot, enlisted in the Naval Reserve
Air Corps following his graduation from Carolina. He was honor man in his class of air
cadets at Atlanta and subsequently was commis-
sioned ensign at Pensacola, Fla. He was
promoted to It. (jg) this year. As a student at the
University in 1936-41 he participated in baseball, boxing, and football. Born at Rocklan<l,
Mass., April 18, 1916, he was tfie soo of John
Henry and Mary Ellen (Hines) Hermson. His
father died suddenly on June 20 at Whitman,
Mass., just a week after going there for the
burial of his soo. Lt. Hermson's mother survives,
living JlOW at 332 94th St., Brooklyn, N. Y.
*HARRY MORRIS LASKER. AB. Died on Oc- tober 18, 1943 in the Station Hospital, White
·Horse, Alaska, following injuries incurred in a
plane crash the preceding day in the Yukon
territory, according to information recently re-
ceived at the Alumni Office. 2nd Lt. Lasker, a
pilot in the Ferry Commaod, was stationed at
Gore Field, Great Falls, Montana, and was
ferrying a plane to Alaska at the time of the crash.
Trained for flying through a civilian pilot training"course, he enlisted in the Army in December,
1942. In civilian life he was a teacher in the
Highlander Folk School. Born in New York City,
November 6, 1920, he was the son of Harry
M. and Regina Louise (Garson) Lasker. A
student at the University in 1937-41, he was
a member of the ZBT Fraternity, the Interfra-ternity Council, and Amphoterothen. He was
married to Miss Dorothy Peace Wendel (AB '41)
on June 25, 1943. She survives, as do his mother,
Mrs. 1. H. Levy, his stepfather, 1. H. Levy, a
brother, and three sisters.
* 1942 TOM FLOYD HUGHES. Killed in action over Germany on March 18, 1944. Lt. Hughes had
earlier been reported missing. A navigator on
a Flying Fortress, he entered the A,r Corps di-
rectly from the University in January, 1942.
He received his training at Keesler Field, Miss.,
Chanute Field, Ill., and at Selman Field, La.
where he was commissioned in September, 1943.
A student at the University in 1938-42, he was
born at Cedar Grove, June 2, 1920, and was
the son of the late Dr. Claude Murray Hughes,
Sr. and Elizabeth (Ellis) Hughes. Two sisters,
Mrs. W. A. Hayes, and Miss Elizabeth Hughes;
and two brothers, C. M. Hughes '26, and W. A.
*WRAY CLEVELAND LEWIS. AB. Killed in action at Saipan, July 8, 1944, the day before the entire
island fell to invading American forces. Lt.
Lewis was attached to the Fourth Marine Divi-
sion and had previously seen service in the Mar-
shall Islands. Enlisting in the Marine Reserve,
he began the candidate's class at Quantico in
July, 1942. Following his commission he took
a recognition course at Columbus, Ohio, and later
taught for a time at Fort Benning. In July,
1943 he was promoted to first lieutenant, and at
the time of his death was company executive
officer. Born at Fallston, N. C., November 4,
1920, he was the son of John Cleveland and
Georgia C. Lewis who survive. He attended
Brevard College in 1938-39 and was a student at
the University in 1939-42. He played football
,ind basketball and was widely popular as a stu-
dent. His brother, Lt. (jg) Wellington H.
(Wimpy) Lewis (BSCom '42) is stationed now
at New Orleans and happened to be on leave
and visiting his parents in Fallston when news
of his brother's death was re~eived.
*JOSEPH EDWARD SHYTLE. AB. Died on July 9,
1944 as a result of wounds received on July 6,
1944 at Saipan, three days before that island was
overrun completely by American forces. Lt. Shytle
had landed on Saipan with the first assault wave
of the Marines' Fourth Division and had commanded a forward observation party spotting ar-
tillery targets. Born at Hendersonville, July 4,
1920, he was the son of the late W. S. and Janie
(Sinclair) Shytle. He came to the University in
the fall of 1938 with a promising high school
record in'athletics and leadership. Until 1942
when he won his A.B. degree, he had been
prominent on the campus in athletics, playing varsity
basketball for three years. Following graduation
he entered Marine Officers' Training School at
Quantico on October 20, 1942 and was
commissioned on December 30, 1942. He had been
promoted to first lieutenant December 25, 1943 and
went overseas in January, 1944. He was married,
February 13, 1943, to Marie Godfrey and a son
was born on the same day Lieutenant Shytie died.
His wife and son are living in Miami, Fla.,
where they are addressed at Box 2441. His
mother resides in Hendersonville.
* 1943 GRADY EUGENE DOVER. Killed in action over enemy occupied Europe. Previously reported as
missing in action since February 10, 1944 his
father was recently notiJied of his death. Lt.
Dover, a B-17 Flyiog Fortress pilot, joined the
Army Air Corps in the summer of 1942 following
the death of his brother, Lt. Loris Dover (ABJour
'37) in a plane crash in A.pril, 1942 in Rhode
lsiand. Lt. Grady E. Dover was commissioned
in May, 1943 and went to England in November, 1943. He participated in a number of
bombing raids before he himself lost his life. He was
born in Shelby, March 15, 1921, and was the son
of George and Ethel (Hamrick) Dover. A stu-
dent at Mars Hill Junior College in 1939-41,
he attended the University in 1941-42. His
father, his stepmother, a sister, and a brother
* 1944 GRAHAM KERR HOBBS, JR. Killed August 25, 1944 near Murfreesboro, Tenn. when two
four-engine Liberator bombers collided and crashed.
2nd Lt. Hobbs was an instructor on B-24 bombers
at Central Instructor School, Army Air Base,
Smyrna, Tenn. He entered service January 10,
1943, received training at Maxwell Field, Ala.,
Bennettsville, S. C., and Shaw Field, S. c., and
received his commission and pilot wings upon com-
pletion of advanced training at Moody Field,
Valdosta, Ga., on October 1, 1943. He was a
student at the University in 1940-42. Born in
Wilmington, January 12, 1922, he was the son
of Col. Graham Kerr Hobbs '12, and Hattie Borden (Pemberton) Hobbs. His father, now on duty
in the Pacific, his mother, two brothers, and his
* 1945 PRESSLEY ALEXANDER STACK. Killed when the B-24 Liberator bomber of which he was pilot
crashed on July 26, 1944 close to Dorchester,
S. C. near Charleston during a routine training
flight, taking the lives of the instructor-pilot and
six other crew members. 2nd Lt. Stack was a
student at the University in 1941-43, being called
into active service with the Army Air Corps along
with other air cadets in February, 1943. He had
only recently received his wings and commission.
Thre.e months before his death he was married on
April 24, 1944 to Treva Nell Burns of Sanford,
where he lived and had attended high school.
Born at Huntersville, March 27, 1923, he was the
son of S. L. and Flossie (Caldwell) Stack, who
with his wife survive and live in Sanford. Others
surviving are two sisters and a brother.
* 1946 CARLYLE CAESAR COUNCIL, JR. Killed in action in Italy on June 1, 1944. Previously reported
as missing in action, Pvt. Council later was re-
ported by the War Department as dead. A student
at the University in 1942-43, he left the Uni-
versity in April, 1943 for basic training at Fqrt
McClellan, Ala. In September of last year he
was sent to North Africa for additional training, .
from there he went to the Italian war theater
in November and was hospitalized in an African
hospital for the Jirst three months of this year.
He rejoined his company in April, 1944. Born
in Durham, February 13, 1924, he was the son
of C. C. and Mary (Stewart) Council. His
parents, one !ister, Mrs. T. S. White, Jr., and
his grandmother survive. His father is publisher
of the Durham He·rald-Sun.
AMOS JAMES PARKHURST. PhD. Died September 20, 1942 after several years of declining
health and a month or more of illness. His death
was just recently reported to the Alumni Office.
Formerly a professor of education at Alpine,
Texas, Dr. Parkhurst received his B.S. degree
from John B. Stetson University in 1920, his
M.Ed. degree from nuke University in 1936, and
his Ph.D. degree from the University of North
Carolina in 1940. He was born at Oswego, Ill.,
November 28, 1894.
MONA LISA (AMES) BAGBY (MRS. ENGLISH
BAGBY). Died at FairJield, Me. on August 16,
1944. A graduate student at the University at
times in 1939-43, she won her A.B. in 1924
from St. Lawrence University, and her M.A. in
1927 from Columbia University. Born at
Fairfield, Me., March 13, 1902, she was the daughter
of Dr. Owen n. and Harriet Louise (Langill)
Ames. Her husband, Dr. English Bagby of the
University Psychology Department, two sons by
a former marriage, a two-year old son, and a