1968 Long Range Plan for Higher Education. He was
appointed director of higher education, leading the
effort in the N.C. General Assembly to create the current UNC System. He served as the system’s first
vice president for planning in 1972-73. After a year
as director of higher education in Illinois, he returned
to North Carolina in 1974 as president of the N.C.
Association of Independent Colleges and
Universities. He led the organization until assuming
the Pfeiffer presidency in 1978. In 1989, the N.C.
Association of Colleges and Universities recognized
his lifetime of leadership in higher education with its
annual Hugh McEniry Award. The citation reads in
part: “While many people were involved in the creation of the North Carolina university system, the
courage and vision that provided the intellectual
foundation of the modern University of North
Carolina were yours.” At UNC, he was a member of
Phi Delta Kappa, a wrestling team manager and
member of the student legislature. He served in the
Army Air Corps in WWII. Estelle Jones Williams
(’ 49 AB), 80, of Jacksonville, Fla.; June 18, 2008.
Williams was a member of the Center for the
Association of Psychological Type and administered
and interpreted the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for
more than 30 years. She hosted VIP trips to Britain,
through Abercrombie and Kent and the Scottish
Highlands. She was a member of the Colonial
Dames and Junior League of Jacksonville for more
than 50 years and was a delegate from St. Mark’s
Episcopal Church to the annual conventions of the
Episcopal Diocese of Florida. Byron Seibels
Woolley (’ 44), 84, of Sun City, Ariz.; Sept. 9, 2007.
John Charles York (’ 48 BSCOM), 84, of Louisville,
Ky.; July 13, 2008. York retired in 1995 from the
Kroger Co. after almost 30 years as an accountant
and audit supervisor. He served in the Army in WWII
and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. At UNC, he was
on the staff of The Daily Tar Heel.
’50s Clara Bond Bell (’ 52 MSW) of Windsor has received a plaque from students of
Bertie Middle School in a 50th Class of ’59: ceremony honoring sen- Reunion May 8–10, 2009
ior citizens for their contributions to the community. Dr. J. Andrew Burnam (’ 58 AB, ’ 63 MD) of Linville and Fort Myers, Fla.,
EDWARD WIKE SUTTON ’ 57 1935–2008
The ‘Comet’ Attracted the Stars
Not many people could say they played the school allowed him to attend school for limit as the team won the cham-football with Elvis Presley. Ed Sutton two quarters, withdraw for two quarters to pionship. “I want to play,” Sutton said then. “I
’ 57 could. play pro football and then return to school. want to feel that I’m earning the money.”
Sutton came to be on a first-name basis with It was a challenging regimen, but it was the After graduating from medical school in
the rock ’n’ roll icon through Earl Watson, a only way he could pay for medical school. His 1962, he did his internship in Santa Barbara,
bodyguard for Elvis who befriended Sutton stamina and brains carried him through. “He Calif., and went into general practice in
when he was in medical school in Memphis in was so smart,” Cannady said. “I don’t think he Gardena, Calif. He was drafted in 1966 and
the late 1950s. The three would pass around had a photographic memory, but he was close served for a year in the Army Medical Corps
the football in the backyard at Graceland. in Vietnam in a MASH. After he returned to
YACKE T Y YACK 1957
“He could come and go all over Graceland the U.S. in 1968, he worked for 10 years in
any time he wanted to,” said Claudia Cannady Gardena before moving to Fresno to become a
of Chapel Hill, who developed a friendship partner in the Fresno Industrial Medical Group,
with Sutton that lasted for five decades. Sutton which he ultimately bought and renamed the
died Sept. 20; he was 73. Valley Industrial and Family Medical Group.
Sutton had other brushes with the famous, The group expanded to 11 clinics throughout
as well as some experience with fame himself. California. He retired in 2006.
Known as the “Cullowhee Comet” during his Sutton could claim to be a surgeon to the
high school years in Cullowhee, Sutton played stars. He became close friends with Lee Majors
for three seasons on UNC football teams and Farrah Fawcett-Majors. (He removed her
under Coach Jim Tatum. He still holds the appendix two days before she was to audition
record for running backs of 6. 9 yards per carry. for the role of Wonder Woman. She didn’t get
He was considered the next great player after the part, but six months later she landed a role
UNC star Charlie “Choo Choo” Justice ’ 50. in the Charlie’s Angels TV series.)
“One day Charlie went to the field house As a student, he was president of the
and told Edward that one of his biggest regrets Carolina Athletic Association, and he contin-
was that he never got to play with him,” said ued his association with UNC long after grad-
Cannady, who remembers going to the prac- uation. He was involved in the Morehead
tices regularly. “He was flattered and honored Foundation and served on the GAA Board of
by the visit, just thrilled, and thought it was Ed Sutton ’ 57, a Carolina record holder and an original Directors in the early 1990s. Every time Sutton
one the best things that had happened to him.” Morehead Scholar, alternated medical school with pro foot- returned to Chapel Hill, he made a point of
ball to pay his way.
Sutton was among the first eight Morehead having lunch in the back room at Mama Dip’s
Scholars accepted at UNC in 1953 and was an to it, and he could rely on that for his prepara- restaurant with Cannady and the likes of for-Academic All-American in his senior year. He tion for exams and so forth.” mer Chancellor Bill Aycock ’ 37 (MA), profes-lettered in football, track and basketball. He He played three seasons of pro ball with sor Ray Dawson ’ 58 (PhD) and Lt. Gov.
was a member of Phi Delta Theta, served on Washington and a season with the New York Beverly Perdue.
the Honor Council and was a member of the Giants. But at the beginning of the 1961 sea- “We would talk about everything and
Order of the Golden Fleece and the Gorgon’s son, the Giants dropped him; he told a reporter everybody and what they were doing,”
Head Lodge. then that he thought it was because the team Cannady said.
The Washington Redskins drafted Sutton in figured he would quit playing anyway after he In 1999, he was inducted into the N.C.
fall 1956. After graduating from UNC the fol- finished his medical degree. The Green Bay Sports Hall of Fame. He also received the NFL
lowing May, he chose to go to medical school at Packers signed him later that season but kept Lifetime Achievement Award.
the University of Tennessee in Memphis because him on the inactive list to stay under the roster — Don Evans ’ 80