olina Bank·ofDenton, Community General Hospital and Davidson County Community College. He also served on the Davidson County Board of Education. -0- W. Larry Lyon (' 52 BSBA), 73, of Greensboro, retired account auditor with N.C Department of Human Resources; Dec. 1,2000. Lyon, a Navy veteran of WWII, was an honorary life m.ember of the Air Force defense team for service with the Ground Observer Corps. -0- Maud Williams McGill (' 50 MAED), 90, of Kings Mountain; April 1,2000. -0- Mary Lee LaFar Moore (' 56 AB), 67, of Winston-Salem; Feb. 4, 2001. Moore, former board member of the Mental Health, Arts Center Council and pres- ident of the Twin City Garden Club, was a member of Chi Omega at UNC -0- George W. Poland (' 53 Ph.D.), 86, of Columbia Md., retired professor of modern languages an
epartment head at N.C State University; April 28, 2000. Poland, formerly employed with the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, was a Navy veteran. At UNC, he was a member of Pi
with Kearns as the ringleader.
Playing with a fluid cohesiveness and an
aggressive style, the Tar Heels took an
undefeated record into the Final Four in
Kansas City. They survived a triple-over-
time thriller with Michigan State in one
semifinal, putting them in the champi-
onship game opposite powerful Kansas-
The way Kearns tells it, McGuire asked
him before the game whether he was
afraid to jump against Wilt. "Hell, no;'
came Kearns' very New York answer. So
there was Kearns, Carolina's shortest
starter, eye-to-chest with Wilt the Stilt.
Kearns says Chamberlain was"dismayed"
by the ploy, which called attention to
Chamberlain's height and proved the Heels
weren't trembling at the sight of their
heavily favored foes. The tactic worked.
Chamberlain and the Jayhawks were dis-
tracted as Carolina jumped to an early
Kansas stormed back, got in front and
the Heels needed two Kearns free throws
to send the game into the first of three
overtimes. The game was Carolina's second
triple-OT game in two nights, and they
won again, Kearns heaving the ball skyward
Kappa Alpha. -0- Jack Huffinan Potts (' 51 AB,
' 53 LLBJD), 82, of Brevard, attorney; Nov. 21,
2000. Potts, a distinguished trial lawyer for
more than 40 years, formerly served in the
N. C House. An opponent of capital punish-
ment, he was the defense attorney in more
than 30 murder trials. He was a military vet-
eran of WWIL -0- Samuel Howard Price Jr.
(' 52 BSPHR), 70, of Mooresville, owner and
pharmacist of Miller Drug Co.; April 24,2000.
He was a former director and treasurer of the
Mooresville Chamber of Comm.erce, served
on the Mooresville School Board and was a
member of the Merchants Association. An
Army veteran serving with the medical depart-
ment, he was a member of Kappa Psi, Old
Well honor society and a student member of
the N.C Pharmacy Association. -0- William
M c Clellan R awls (' 50 BSCOM) , 74, of
Roaring Gap, formerly of Greensboro, retired
executive vice president of Kayser-Roth Corp.;
Dec. 5, 2000. Rawls was a former chairman of
the National Association of Hosiery Manufac-
as time ran out. Carolina had a 32-0 record
and its first
Many people regard that final as the
greatest game in Final Four history."That
kinda started things for North Carolina,"
says Kearns, now a silvel'-haired 64."And
then Dean took over and established a
Kearns played one more season before
graduating with a degree in history, then
had a brief run in the NBA. (His career
stat line as a pro: I game, I of I field goals,
2 points, 1.000 shooting percentage.) He
married Betsy, despite the fact that she
was a Duke grad, became an investment
banker and returned to New York. He even
struck up a friendship with Chamberlain,
with Kearns including Chamberlain on
many investments- "most of them suc-
cessful, some not so successful;' he says.
Chamberlain, reminiscing with Kearns
for a 1982
that ' 57 championship game, turned to his
friend and said of the Tar Heels,"Y'all were
blessed." Kearns is the first to admit that
that's certainly true for him. His business
successes far outweighed the failures,
enough so for him to essentially retire
from investment banking at 49. Kearns
turers and had been named the group's Man of
the Year. Mter his retirement, friends and col-
leagues funded the William M. Rawls Endow-
ment at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Rawls was a member of Alpha Tau Omega at
UNC -0- Thom as Anthony Rezzuto Jr.
(' 52 AB' ' 54 MA), 71, of Chapel Hill, retired
professor of dran1.atic arts at UNC (1956- 87);
Jan. 31, 2001. Rezzuto was an actor, director
and technical director for 50 years with the
Junior Playmakers, the Carolina Playmakers,
the Carolina Folk Plays, outdoor dramas and
the Playmakers Repertory Company. He co-
authored, with Samuel Selden, the textbook
and had three original plays
produced. He designed the scenery for several
of the longest-running outdoor dranus in the
Horn in the
Stephen Foster Story.
Rezzuto wrote children's
literature, and his poetry is included in more
than 15 national anthologies. The Tom Rez-
zuto Guest Lectureship Fund has been estab-
found that traveling with Betsy, hanging
out with his kids and grandkids, playing golf
and serving on several University commit-
tees was a far richer life than the one Wall
And his new hobby's not bad, either.
Kearns describes his
acter, Coach Garrick, as a "tough Dean
Smith." And since he had never coached
before, he called on his old friend for some
tips before hitting the movie set."I told
Dean that if I won an Academy Award, I'd
be sure to mention him in my acceptance
speech;' jokes Kearns.
Alas, he didn't make the nomination
list. But he might still take a place along-
' 41 and
' 83 as Hollywood Heels. Gus Sr.
is helping Kearns contact agents and
explore opportunities in films and televi-
"To be in a movie, to see yourself on
the big screen, is special," says Kearns, who
lives in Darien, Conn."I was nervous as
hell, but it all seemed to work out well."
Ever since The Guy Who Jumped
Against Wilt jumped against Wilt, pretty
much everything has.
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