Barbara Pendergraft “Bobbie” Dryer (’ 57,
’ 61 ABEd) and Kellie B. Wright of Mount
Jack Nelson Averitt (’ 57 PhD), 85, of
Statesboro, Ga.; Nov. 11, 2007. Averitt was professor emeritus of history at Georgia Southern
College and dean of its graduate school,
named in his honor as Jack N. Averitt College
of Graduate Studies. He received the
Distinguished Service Award from Rotary for
his international service. Thomas Hooper
Averitt (’ 59 BSBA), 77, of Aberdeen; Dec. 7,
2007. Averitt retired as an accounting instructor at Sandhills Community College.
Previously, he owned an accounting firm. He
served in the Army in the Korean War.
Margaret McDevitt Baker (’ 58 MEd), 97,
of Brevard; Jan. 2, 2008. Baker was a mathematics educator. She was supervisor of mathematics for the N.C. Department of Public
Instruction and an assistant professor at
Western Carolina University. She taught in
Madison County and Asheville City schools.
Stuart Charles Benedict (’ 53 BSBA), 84,
of Sandwich, Mass.; Feb. 5, 2008. Benedict and
his wife were longtime owners and operators
of a vacation cottage colony in Sandwich.
Previously, he was director of the Massachusetts
Maritime Academy. In WWII, he was a radar
operator with the Flying Tigers of the Army
Air Forces. Agnes Rudisill “Sing”
Boddie (’ 50 MA), 89, of Raleigh; Feb. 15,
2008. Boddie taught English and French in
high schools in North and South Carolina for
a number of years. She was on the board of
the Triangle Reading Service for the Visually
Impaired. Jesse Lane Burchell (’ 57), 72, of
Eden; Jan. 11, 2008. Burchell was insurance
manager for Fieldcrest Mills and later was co-owner of an insurance agency. Among many
civic involvements, he was on the board of
trustees of Morehead Hospital and chairman
of the board of trustees of Rockingham
Community College. The Eden YMCA tennis
courts are named in his honor. He served in
the Army. Christ Leonidas Capetanos
(’ 58 AB), 82, of Raleigh; Jan. 11, 2008.
Capetanos retired as owner and operator of the
Raleigh Sandwich Shop. He served in the
Army in the Korean War and taught Greek
language to its officers. Prior to coming to the
U.S., he fought in the underground in Greece,
combating the country’s occupation by the
Axis forces. Marcus C.S. Cherry III (’ 58
BSBA), 71, of Raleigh; Feb. 6, 2008. Cherry
was owner and operator of an insurance
agency in Mount Olive for many years. He
began selling life insurance his senior year at
UNC and, during his career, received numerous awards and honors for his sales. Among
civic activities, he chaired the Mount Olive
Airport Committee, the Mount Olive
Centennial Commission and the Mount Olive
Redevelopment Commission and was a Boy
Scout Scoutmaster. He was a Navy veteran. At
UNC, he belonged to Phi Delta Theta and
Order of the Old Well and was president of
the German Club. As an alumnus, he served on
the Wayne County selection committee for the
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Morehead Foundation and was president of
the Wayne County alumni club. James
Middleton Cowan (’ 50 MAEd), 89, of
Sebastian, Fla.; Dec. 21, 2007. Cowan retired
from the life insurance industry. He also
coached basketball. He served in the Navy in
WWII and the Korean War. Homer A.
Davis (’ 50), 82, of Hillsborough; Oct. 5, 2007.
Davis had been manager of an auto parts company. He was a WWII veteran, serving in the
Navy. Nick Pete Davis (’ 57 BSBA), 76, of
Clemmons; Jan. 17, 2008. Davis retired as chief
medical fee examiner for the N.C. Industrial
Commission. Previously, he was regional claims
supervisor with Aetna Life and Casualty for 35
years. A musician, he performed with the
National Guard Band, the Raleigh
Community Band and a number of area
groups. He served in the N.C. National Guard
and, during the Korean War, in the Army. He
lived in Raleigh until 2002. At UNC, he was a
member of Delta Sigma Pi and Sigma Kappa
Epsilon. J. William Dinwiddie (’ 57 AB,
’ 60 LLBJD), 73, of Linwood; Feb. 2, 2008.
Dinwiddie retired after a career as an executive
with State Farm Insurance. He was a longtime
volunteer at the county library. At UNC, he
was a member of Delta Theta Phi and was on
the law school honor court. Thomas P.H.
Dunlop (’ 56), 73, of Alexandria,Va.; Feb. 1,
2008. Dunlop was a political affairs counselor
for the U.S. State Department, serving in
Yugoslavia,Vietnam and the U.S. He served in
the Air Force and, at UNC, belonged to
Dialectic Society and Delta Kappa Epsilon.
Jeanne Gabrielle “Didi” Dunphey (’ 52, ’ 74
BFA), 84, of Chapel Hill; Jan. 7, 2008.
Dunphey retired as a scientific illustrator and
art director for UNC’s Media Center.
Previously, she was a fashion illustrator for several major women’s stores. In WWII, she drafted detail for Navy cruisers at a ship-building
company. She was active with the Orange
County Women’s Center, organizing art shows
and serving on the center’s board. Dr.
Everett Hews Ellinwood Jr. (’ 56 BSMED,
’ 59 MD), 73, of Durham; Jan. 5, 2008.
Ellinwood was professor of psychiatry and
pharmacology at Duke University Medical
Center. In addition, he was director of behavioral neuropharmacology. A specialist in addiction research, he published more than 300 scientific papers and was president of psychiatric
societies and on the editorial boards of a number of psychiatric journals. He served with the
U.S. Public Health Service as chief of addiction services for military members and families. Emma Lou Garner (’ 54 MEd), 90, of
Raleigh; Jan. 2, 2008. Garner taught in North
Carolina public schools until she moved to
Florida in the late ’50s. She also taught in
Florida schools, returning to North Carolina in
2006. Mary Smith Gibson (’ 52 AB), 78,
of Sanford; Jan. 29, 2008. Gibson was active in
civic activities, including Habitat for Humanity.
At UNC, she belonged to Delta Delta Delta.
Freeman Augustus Grant Jr. (’ 56 AB),
73, of Chico, Calif.; Dec. 19, 2007. Grant
retired as a supervisor at San Diego’s
Lindbergh Field. Previously, he served 24 years
in the Navy, retiring as a commander. A fighter
pilot and an officer, he had four tours during
the Vietnam War. At UNC, he belonged to
Delta Upsilon, NROTC and Dialectic Society.
Peter Sharpe Greene (’ 59), 74, of
Greensboro; Jan. 29, 2008. Greene retired as a
social studies teacher and assistant principal at
high schools in North Carolina. He served
eight years in the Air Force, including the
Korean War. He was a Boy Scout Scoutmaster,
active in the N.C. Retired School Personnel
organization at the state level and was a
precinct worker in Greensboro. Toy R.
Gregory (’ 56 AB, ’ 58 LLB), 74, of Las Vegas;
Jan. 3, 2008. Gregory was a municipal court
judge for the city of Las Vegas. Previously, he
was in the private practice of law and was
deputy attorney general of Nevada for three
years. His activities included serving as president of the Nevada Trial Lawyers and president
and national director for the U.S. Jaycees. He
served in the Nevada National Guard. At
UNC, he was a member of Sigma Chi.
Motte Vernard Griffith Jr. (’ 54 ABJO), 75,
of Raleigh; Jan. 4, 2008. Griffith retired as
executive director of Better Transportation for
North Carolina. Previously, he was a journalist
for the Raleigh Times. He was stationed in
Germany in the Army. Susan Walker
Gustafson (’ 57 ABEd), 73, of Wilmington;
Feb. 20, 2008. Gustafson retired as an executive
vice president with Morgan Stanley. She served
on the Cape Fear Community College
Foundation Board. At UNC, she was a class
officer and member of Pi Beta Phi and