and Arizona. She served in the Peace Crops in Montserrat, West Indies.• James William Stephens (' 66), 59, of Charlotte; Oct. 15, 2003. , 67 • obituaries Roosevelt Duroy Harris Jr. (' 67 MAT), 69, of Charlotte, retired history teacher; Aug. 16, 2003. Harris taught at East Meclden- burg High School. • Charles Clinton Myers Sr. (' 67), 58, of Elkin, retired secretary/treasurer of Cash & Carry Stores Inc.; April 12, 2004. A past president of the N.C. Wholesalers Associa- tion, he also was a charter member of Elkin's recreation conmussion and chaired a successful Tri-County United Fund campaign.• Octavia Bowers Knight (' 67 PhD), 87, of Durham, retired professor; Feb. 27, 2004. Knight was director ofspecial education at N. C. Central University. She was an instructor and then supervisor of education at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. She received the Oliver
Max Gardner Award for Excellence in Educa-
tion. She served on the boards of both the
county department ofsocial services and the
Betty Matthews Rowe (' 68 BSPHR), 58, of
Raleigh, retired president of Biomedical
Home Care Inc.;April 23,2004. Rowe, who
belonged to Phi Delta Chi at UNC, served
on the UNC Board of Visitors. , 69 Perry Thomas Carroll (' 69
BSBA) of King has been named
chairman of the Stokes Partnership
for Children, an organization that provides pro-
grams for fanUlies and children in Stokes
County. Carroll retired as a school principal in
2000 after a 31-year career in education.
Sharon Davis Baxter (' 69 AB), 56, of Crofton,
Md., sociology professor; May 5, 2004. Baxter
taught at the University of Maryland for more
than 30 years. Prior to that, she was a civilian
employee in the U.S. Navy. • Henry Kenneth
Dillon (' 69 BSCH), 56, of Gardendale, Ala.,
professor; May 9,2004. Dillon was an associate
professor of environmental health sciences at the
University of Alabanu at Birn1ingham. Prior to
that, he was a chen1ist at Southern R esearch
Institute. He was principal investigator for the
Carolina Basketball Loses Its Guardian Angel
Michael Jordan ' 86 was born to fly, Antawn Jan1ison ' 99 was born to rebound, Phil
Ford ' 78 and Raymond Felton were born to
play point guard.
Burgess McSwain ' 66, on the other hand,
was born to teach.
"I loved to play school when 1 was a little
girl," recalled McSwain last year. "I was always
teaching somebody something and didn't
realize I was doing it."
For more than three decades, McSwain
lent that passion for teaching to Carolina ath-
letes as adviser, confidante and tutor - first
on an ad hoc basis and then, beginning in
1982, as the lead academic counselor for the
men's basketball team.
McSwain died July 9 at age 60 in Chapel
Hill after a long battle with colon cancer. She
was a legendary figure within the Carolina
basketball family - the woman who put the
"student" into Carolina student-athletes.
"Her passing is a huge loss;' said Head
Coach Roy Williams ' 72. "Burgess was con-
cerned about each and every student-athlete
in the program. She clidn't care about the
number ofpoints they scored. Instead, she
cared about their lives off the court and, pri-
marily, their academic endeavors. Burgess will
truly be missed."
McSwain, a native of Morganton, was
known for a direct, no-nonsense style, as well
as an extraotdinary willingness to do whatev-
er it took to help her Students learn effective-
ly and get their work done.
In a famous incident during the 1980s,
McSwain once drove her car onto Finley
Golf Course to tell Michael Jordan - already
an NBA millionaire but still working on his
undergraduate degree - to get off the golf
course and corne study. Jordan complied. In
the 1990s, when two players took a Swahili
class that was more
diflicult than they'd
took a crash course
in the language.
" If we weren't sure if you . 1IIIi.IMI1iIIM!
could trust the coaches or other
people, we could go to her. and know that
she was going to tell the truth and have our
best interests in n1ind," recalled guard Melvin
Scott last year. "She loves us for us, not
because we can put
l!! the ball through the
hoop, but for us."
Indeed, in an inter-
view last year
McSwain said she
took her greatest sat-
is&.ction in seeing her
il5 students graduate and
then go on to suc-
"No one associ-
ated with Carolina
the years was loved
Burgess," said Bill
that she'd work any
"They come in
here as little boys at
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18 and leave as men;'
McSwain said. "That's the fun thing. To see
them later doing well in their professions, as a
minister, or selling pharmaceuticals, or playing
pro ball, and then to see their children -
those are the moments you treasure."
so much time - I don't know how else to
describe it other than devotion and love of
the players and ofthe basketball program. You
couldn't pay her by the hour:'
Although largely unknown to the public
- McSwain eschewed publicity, believing
that it might detract from students' academic
accomplishments - she was a central, trusted
figure in the everyday life of Carolina players.
During the 2002-03 season, as off-court ten-
sions mounted between numerous players and
former coach Matt Doherty ' 84, McSwain
played a pivotal role in holcling the ship
together and ensuring players clid not do any-
Contributions to the Burgess McSWtJin Fund,
established in her honor, m4}' be made in care oj
the UNC Department oj Geography, Stlunders
Hall, Campus Box 3220, Chapel Hill, N.c.
Thad Williamson is author of More Than a
Game: Why North Carolina Basketball Means
So Much To So Many. This pm is adapted
from a lotp article by Wi1Uamsrm vAIich appeered
in the Chapel Hill News in February.