ongoing newspaper column for the Beach Bee in
Pinellas County, Fla., and was a director of one of the
first boards of Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. In
the Army, he trained foreign officers in the Signal
Corps, for which he received the Army
Commendation Medal. Julian Butler Herring (’ 52
BSBA), 78, of Savannah, Ga.; Aug. 5, 2008. Herring
retired as an auditor with the Internal Revenue
Service in Raleigh. He also owned and operated
Montgomery-Jackson Tax Service. He moved to
Savannah in 2000. R. Branson Hobbs (’ 53 AB),
77, of Chapel Hill; Aug. 4, 2008. Hobbs played a key
role in forming Centura Banks Inc., which became
RBC Bank, through the merger of Peoples Bank and
Trust and Planters National Bank and Trust. His
banking career started with the Hanover Bank in
New York and included several senior positions. He
retired in 1996 as executive vice president and corporate secretary at Centura. He served as president
of the Rocky Mount United Way, the board of
trustees of the Braswell Memorial Library of Rocky
Mount and the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.
He was a member of the Chapel Hill Historic District
Commission and a trustee of the Chapel Hill
Museum. At UNC, he was a member of Delta Kappa
Epsilon. Mary Hayes Barber Holmes (’ 54 MA), 78,
of Pittsboro; Aug. 11, 2008. Holmes was a retired
English teacher in the Charlotte public schools. She
helped organize and raise money for the East
Chatham Medical Center, the Triangle Land
Conservancy and the Friends of the Pittsboro Library.
She was a Girl Scout troop leader and served on the
board of directors of the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout
Council. She traveled to Nicaragua in the 1980s to
support the peace efforts of Carolina Interfaith Task
Force on Central America. She served a four-year
term on the N.C. Board of Transportation and an
eight-year term with the N.C. Historical Commission.
She was the first woman elder at Pittsboro
Presbyterian Church and a member of the executive
committee of the N.C. Council of Churches.
William Clark Hopkins (’ 50 AB, ’ 52 BSCH), 90, of
Richmond, Va.; May 29, 2008. Hopkins retired from
a career with Philip Morris, where he was a chemist
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in the research department. He served in the Army in
the Pacific Theater in WWII. Martha Wheeler
Hughes (’ 59 AB), 70, of Atlanta; July 25, 2008.
Hughes worked as an instructor with IBM in Atlanta
and was a systems analyst for Moore Group
Insurance and Omni Insurance. W. Ralph Jacobs
Jr. (’ 53 BSBA, ’ 54 MBA), 81, of New Hope, Pa.; Dec.
13, 2007. Jacobs, a CPA, retired as senior manager
at Deloitte. At UNC, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa
and belonged to Phi Eta Sigma. E. Allan Jarratt
(’ 59 MSW), 80, of Harleysville, Pa.; July 12, 2008.
Jarratt retired as a social worker with the Veterans
Administration Medical Center in Coatesville, Pa. He
held social work positions with the Baptist Children’s
Home of N.C. and Family Court in Wilmington. In
1992-93, he spent 10 months in Nigeria serving with
Sudan Interior Mission. He also volunteered for
Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels and was
a volunteer chaplain with Brandywine Hospital. He
served in the Army in Germany in the Korean War.
Dr. David Herman Jones (’ 56 BSMED, ’ 59 MD), 74,
of Raleigh; June 24, 2008. Jones retired as an ophthalmologist in 1988 after practicing in Raleigh for
22 years. He served in the Army. Robert Percy
Joyce Jr. (’ 52 ABEd), 78, of Newport; April 15, 2008.
Joyce was a retired training director with the U.S.
Marine Aquarium Society in Cherry Point. For 19
years, he was director of civilian training. He also
served on the Newport Planning Board. A. Blake
Leckie (’ 51), 81, of High Point; June 3, 2008. Leckie
was a retired salesman. He served in the Navy in
WWII. At UNC, he was in the Glee Club and was a
member of Chi Phi. Bernard George McKiernan
(’ 50 ABJO), 85, of Florham Park, N.J.; July 6, 2008.
McKiernan held executive management positions
with the Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Co. for 30
years. He served in the Navy and Air Force in WWII.
Clarence Clapp Morrison (’ 56 MA, ’ 64 PhD), 76,
of Bloomington, Ind.; Aug. 6, 2008. Morrison retired
as professor emeritus of economics at Indiana
University, where he taught for 26 years. He was
president of the Atlantic Economic Society and was
on the board of editors for the Atlantic Economic
Journal. He served in the Navy from 1956 to 1959.
Gina Campbell O’Donnell (’ 52 AB), 77, of Hilton
Head Island, S.C.; July 6, 2008. O’Donnell worked in
advertising for Lord & Taylor department stores and
for Time-Life. She and her husband appeared on the
cover of Life magazine in 1954. Her volunteer work
with the American Red Cross spanned 40 years as
she operated blood banks and assisted with emergency relief, as well as serving as vice chairman of