Scarlette Hill Williams (, 67 ABED), 58, of Kinston, 58, of Kinston, retired office man- ager with Lanier's Manufactured Homes; Dec. 17,2001. A former junior high school teacher, Williams was a member of the Tar Heel Fine Arts Society and American Legion Auxiliary.
Dr. William Everett Long (' 68 AB,' 72 MD) of Newton, physi- cian with Crown Health Care
' 72 won the National
Intercollegiate Women's Championship in tennis
in 1970 - what is today called an NCAA
title - no one much talked about the fact that
she had just netted Carolina's first national
championship by a female in any sport. Despite
a large grab-bag of information that her coach,
Frances Hogan. brought back from the cham-
pionship, nary a peep appeared in the local news
or on campus about DuPont's feat. Nothing
about the way she was losing big to the No. 1
seed until she noticed the net was set too high
and got tournament officials to lower it.
Nothing about the way she almost didn't even
make it to the tournament to begin with.
The women's tennis program was then
under the auspices of the physical education
department, and its chair didn't have the money
to send DuPont and Hogan to the champi-
onships. Hogan talked to then-Athletics
Director Homer Rice about the problem.
"Well, is she any good?" he asked.
"I think she can win it all," replied Hogan.
"Well, then," said Rice,"I think we can
It was only years later, after names such as
Sue Walsh ' 84 were splashing their way to
collegiate fame, after UNC had won count-
less women's soccer titles and women's sports
had become en vogue, that Laura DuPont's
story was re-released. And that may be why
articles about her today begin with a reminder
of who she was. A women's tennis star from
the past ...a former champion who played
Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Martina
Navratilova on the professional circuit ... a
U.S. Open quarterfinalist in 1971.
PA/Conover Fanllly Practice, has been named
to the First Citizens Bank board of directors
in Catawba County.
Andrew Fullarton Hodges (' 68 AB), 55, of
Atlanta; Jan. 11,2002. Hodges was a member
of Chi Psi at UNe. • Thomas Walker Lip-
(' 68 AB), 55, of Alexandria, Va.,
sofrware engineer, computer consultant and
investor; Feb. 4,2002. Lipscomb worked with
several start-up computer companies after
Indeed, DuPont was a tennis superstar,
ranked ninth in the world in 1977, a preter-
naturally gifted athlete who was self-taught.
But she also was a daughter, a sister, Aunt
Laura to eight nieces and nephews - and,
for a time, a breast cancer survivor.
DuPont, who died Feb. 20 at age 52 after
a four-year battle with the disease, never had
paid much attention to the oddsmakers.
Highly competitive, she routinely defeated
neighborhood boys at games of H-O-R-S-E,
tried out for Little League in the 1950s, even
put up Pete Maravich-type numbers when
she played basketball at UNe. She started
playing tennis at public parks in Louisville,
Ky., and later made a name for herself in
Chattanooga and in Charlotte, where her
fanllly moved in the mid-'60s.
DuPont left Carolina for the professional
circuit after graduation, winning titles at the
German and Canadian opens, playing against
her childhood role models and gaining
induction to the N.e. Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mter she retired from the circuit, she won
the U.S. Open title for ages 35 and up -
not once, but rwice, in 1984 and 1985.
She settled into the field in which she
earned her degree from Carolina - educa-
tion - when friend and fellow tennis player
Pam Shriver invited her to manage and teach
at a tennis club near Baltimore. Cal Ripken
Jr. and his brother Billy were among her
pupils before DuPont left after 12 years and
returned to Chapel Hill to take over the
Chapel Hill Tennis Club. Soon afterward, she
found the lump in her left armpit.
In a November 1999 interview with the
working with computers in Iran. He was for-
merly employed with UNC's Administrative
Data Processing department (1967-75) . •
Joel Ralph Oseroff (' 68 MA), 56, of Oak-
land, Calif., psychiatric social worker with the
City of San Francisco; Sept. 1,2001. , 69 Elizabeth Martin Bunte (' 69
MA) of Marietta, Ga., English
teacher in Can~pbell High School
in Cobb County, was named as runner-up for
Georgia's teacher of the year for 2001. •
her athletic training for
the battles she waged -
not just with the cancer,
but the legal struggle with an insurance com-
pany that refused to cover her stem-cell
transplant, and then with her employer over
what promised to be a reduced role upon her
return to work. "I was proud of her determi-
nation and her opti.mism," says her brother,
Paul DuPont ' 77."She knew she was going
to beat cancer. She was going to do whatever
She won the legal fight and instead took a
job at Merritt's Store and Grill in Chapd Hill,
where she had found solace during her illness
in a grape or cherry Slurpee. When she went
in for a check-up in spring 1999, the cancer
had subsided. It returned several times over the
next rwo years, and less than a week before she
died, DuPont was told it was terminal.
"We had lunch every month after she came
back to town:' said Hogan."I had seen her
just five days before she died. We went to the
tennis center, where she gave the women's
team pointers before hitting some balls herself.
"She really was a good teacher."
And to generations of Tar Heel women
who play tennis - and generations ofmen
and women who don't - DuPont is an
example of why fighting long odds is a good
idea, even when YOLl can't always beat them.
"In 100 or 200 years, no one will know I
won the Canadian Open," DuPont told TI,e
in 1998,"but I'll still be the
first at UNe."
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