student body president. At UNC, she belonged to Chi
Omega. George Roscoe Little Jr. (’ 34 BSCOM),
96, of Elizabeth City; Oct. 27, 2008. Little was retired
owner and president of an insurance agency. He
served UNC on the Board of Trustees and Board of
Visitors, the Board of Directors of the Educational
Foundation and as chairman of the Pasquotank
County Morehead awards committee. He also served
as chairman of the UNC-Wilmington board of
trustees. His civic commitments included being president of the Elizabeth City Rotary, Elizabeth City
Chamber of Commerce and Elizabeth City Boys Club.
He was an Army veteran of WWII. At UNC, he
belonged to Pi Kappa Alpha. Philip Edward Lucas
(’ 39 AB, ’ 41 LLBJD), 89, of Winston-Salem; Sept. 4,
2008. Lucas retired as a lawyer after more than 50
years, specializing in estate administration and
estate planning with Wells Jenkins Lucas & Jenkins
2008, he finished his final book,
Emilio Rabasa and
the Survival of Porfirian Liberalism. Robin
Ledbetter Hinson (’ 58 JD), 77, of Charlotte; Oct. 13,
2008. After earning his law degree, Hinson was an
assistant professor and assistant dean at the UNC
School of Law. Details, ’50s Class Notes. Valerie
Ann Hughes, 33, of Burlington; Oct. 27, 2008.
Hughes was a radiological technologist for UNC
Healthcare. Iris R. Hunt-Smith, 47, of Fayetteville;
Aug. 17, 2008. Hunt-Smith was an administrator in
student life at UNC, N.C. State University and
Fayetteville State University. She also worked at the
Special Forces Language School at Fort Bragg for
20 years. Irene Piekarz Iannucci, 61, of Raleigh;
Oct. 20, 2008. Iannucci retired recently as a respiratory therapist at UNC Hospitals. She also worked in
her field in New York. Kay Plummer James, 65,
of Burlington; Aug. 24, 2008. James worked at UNC
Hospitals in the reproductive endocrinology department. Sarah Jones Kirk, 73, of Greensboro; July
4, 2008. Kirk was chairman of the department of
sociology and social work at N.C. A&T State
University. Earlier in her career, she joined the staff
of Memorial Hospital at UNC as the first black medical and psychiatric social worker at UNC. Much of
her career was at A&T. She was a national founding
member of Women Working to Improve Race
Relations and a founding member of Movers and
Shakers, a women’s empowerment group. She was
president of NuLife Outreach, a grass-roots organization to raise funds and provide supplies for at-risk
youth and the elderly. Michael Jonathan Leigh,
33, of Burlington; Oct. 2, 2008. Leigh worked as a
plumber at UNC. He was active in his church.
Philip Edward Lucas (’ 39 AB, ’ 41 LLBJD), 89, of
Winston-Salem; Sept. 4, 2008. Lucas was a lawyer
who worked for the UNC Institute of Government
(now the School of Government) early in his career.
Details, ’30s Class Notes. Michelle Lynn Mayer
(’ 92 MPH, ’ 97 PhD), 39, of Durham; Oct. 11, 2008.
She was an assistant professor of research in the
Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Details, ’ 92
Class Notes. Bobbie Jean Dorsett McDaniel, 73,
of Oak Ridge; Oct. 4, 2008. McDaniel was retired
from UNC. She was secretary and treasurer of her
church and a member of the Oak Ridge Garden
Club. John Alexander McMahon, 87, of Durham;
Oct. 30, 2008. McMahon came to UNC in 1948 as
professor of public law and government and assistant director of the Institute of Government (now the
and serving for many years as public administrator
for Forsyth County. Among his civic affiliations, he
was chair of Forsyth County Democratic Party and
the county board of elections and was a board member of the American Red Cross. Early in his career, he
worked in the UNC Institute of Government (now the
School of Government). After completing his law
degree, he joined the Navy, completed Officer Training School and served in the Pacific as executive officer on destroyer escort ships. At UNC, he was in Chi
Phi, Glee Club, Alpha Phi Omega and an editor of
Law Review. Roscoe D. McMillan Jr. (’ 34, ’ 35
BSCOM), 95, of Raleigh; Oct. 29, 2008. McMillan,
vice president emeritus for public affairs for the UNC
System, began his career there in 1973 when
William Friday (’ 48 LLB), then system president,
asked him to join the staff as his assistant for public
affairs, making him the system’s chief lobbyist. In
School of Government). He was the first president of
the consolidated N.C. Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
He left UNC in 1972 to take the presidency of the
American Hospital Association. He returned to the
area in 1986 to become chair and professor of the
Department of Health Administration at Duke
University Medical Center. When that area was
transferred to the school of business, he became
executive in residence. He was chair of the board of
trustees at Duke for many years. During WWII, he
served in the Army in the South Pacific and was a
member of the Air Force Reserve until 1972. Dr.
Campbell White McMillan, 81, of Chapel Hill, Oct.
13, 2008. McMillan was professor emeritus of UNC
Pediatrics. He came to UNC as the first full-time
pediatric hematology-oncology faculty member in
1963. He was associate director of a clinical
research unit for 13 years and started a monthly
AHEC clinic in Wilmington. He wrote more than 70
scholarly works and received numerous honors and
awards. Before joining UNC, McMillan started a
pediatric department at Nemazee Hospital in
Shiraz, Iran, and was a pediatrics instructor at
Harvard Medical School. He served in the Navy in
WWII. Roscoe D. McMillan Jr. (’ 34, ’ 35 BSCOM),
95, of Raleigh; Oct. 29, 2008. McMillan was vice
president emeritus for public affairs at UNC.
’30s Class Notes. Mary Morgan, 88, of Carrboro;
Oct. 2, 2008. Morgan worked in the business
department of UNC Utilities. She was active in her
Carrboro church. Joanne Erwich Roberts, 58, of
Chapel Hill; Nov. 1, 2008. Roberts was a researcher
at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development
Institute. She was a professor of speech and hearing sciences and research professor of pediatrics.
She studied language development, especially as it
pertained to young African-American men and to
people with Fragile X Syndrome. She had published
more than 100 scholarly articles. Earlier in her
career, her research had been in otitis media – ear
infections – and how these infections affect children. Billy Linwood Ross Sr., 92, of Durham; Oct.
1, 2008. Ross retired from the physical plant at
UNC. Earlier he taught drafting classes at Durham
Technical College. He designed and built the home
he lived in for 69 years. He sang in his church choir
and was a deacon. Myron S. Silverman, 93, of
Chapel Hill: Oct. 17, 2008. Silverman retired as
assistant dean of the graduate school at UNC.
During his 25 years at the University, he was a pro-
1991, he received the University Award for “
illustrious service to higher education” from the UNC System Board of Governors. That same year, he received
the Distinguished Service Medal from the GAA.
Before joining the UNC System, McMillan had a variety of careers and interests. After graduating from
college, he had a career in banking. For more than
30 years, he was owner and president of an automobile and farm equipment dealership in Red Springs,
and he served as president of the N.C. Automobile
Dealers Association. He was commissioner for Red
Springs and served as its mayor for six years. He
served five terms in the N.C. House. In 1963, he
was the only legislator to speak against the Speaker
Ban Law. He served in WWII in the Navy in the Asiatic Pacific and was a captain of the Naval Reserve.
He had been a trustee of the Consolidated University, which preceded the UNC System, and a trustee
fessor with the department of
microbiology and immunology
and a researcher with the
UNC Dental Research Center.
Much of his research concerned immunization against
bubonic plague, but he also
studied transplantation immunity, the effects of irradiation and periodontal disease. In WWII, Silverman
was a major in the Army Sanitary Corps and was
head of the military research hospital in New
Caledonia. He held a number of additional professional positions before coming to UNC. Dr.
Charles Edward Smith, 90, of Chapel Hill; Oct. 19,
2008. Smith was on the School of Medicine faculty
for 30 years. He taught in the department of psychiatry, and his special area of study was forensic psychiatry. He was an Army medical officer in WWII,
then joined the U.S. Public Health Service. He
retired as medical director of the Federal Bureau of
Prisons and joined UNC’s medical faculty. Dr.
Edward Vincent Staab, 72, of Winston-Salem; Nov.
1, 2008. Staab’s most recently was professor emeritus of radiologic sciences at Wake Forest University.
He held major positions at UNC, University of Florida
and the National Institutes of Health. He received
numerous awards and recognition for his work in
radiology. Dr. Catherine Taylor, 79, of Chapel Hill;
Oct. 26, 2008. Taylor was professor emeritus of psychiatry at UNC and a Distinguished Life Fellow of
the American Psychiatric Association. Taylor served
on the UNC faculty for 27 years, with joint appointments in the departments of psychiatry and pediatrics. Her primary focus was on consultation-liaison
psychiatry. She received the George C. Ham Society
Distinguished Alumni Award in Psychiatry. Before
coming to UNC, Taylor was a general practitioner in
Harlan County, Ky., in the coal-mining area of eastern Kentucky, and a pediatrician in Hickory.
Dwayne Estes Walls (’ 58), 76, of Mount Pleasant,
S.C.; Sept. 18, 2008. Walls was an investigative
reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a lecturer at
UNC. Details, ’50s Class Notes. John Webb (’ 50),
82, of Wilson; Sept. 18, 2008. A lawyer, Webb
worked at the Institute of Government (now the
School of Government). Details, ’50s Class Notes.
Maria Alston Davis Young (’ 49, ’ 52 AB), 87, of
Culpeper, Va.; Oct. 16, 2008. Young was secretary
of the University, appointed by Chancellor
Christopher Fordham III.
Details, ’40s Class Notes.