Daniel Mack Spence Jr. (’ 38), 91, of Fuquay-Varina; Nov. 27, 2008. After attending UNC, he was
in the Army Air Force in WWII, serving with the 8th Air
Force headquarters. He was in the Air Force Reserve
until his recent retirement. Helene Willingham
Thompson (’ 34 AB), 95, of Concord; Dec. 9, 2008.
Through most of the ’40s, Thompson worked at the
New York Public Library in the children’s department.
After moving to Concord in 1950, she volunteered
with the Girl Scout Council and other organizations.
At UNC, she belonged to Pi Beta Phi. Ben
Witherington Jr. (’ 37, ’ 47 BSCOM), 92, of Charlotte;
Nov. 29, 2008. Witherington was a credit manager in
the furniture and banking industries, ending his
career with NCNB (now Bank of America). He was
active in his church as an administrative board member and president of a Sunday school class and was
an Eagle Scout. In WWII, he joined the Army Air
Corps and received a Combat Infantry Badge and two
Battle Stars. While at UNC, he was on the track and
field team and a cheerleader.
’40s William Thomas Shore Sr. (’ 48
BSCOM) of Southern Pines was recognized by Friends of Weymouth for
his role in the maintenance and preservation of the
Weymouth house and gardens at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. At the dedication,
Susan Lutz Allred, 70, of Chapel Hill; Dec. 10,
2008. Allred, an ordained minister, was a chaplain
in the department of pastoral care at UNC Hospitals.
She also led the United Methodist Church congregations of Saxapahaw and of Aldersgate in Chapel
Hill. Thomas Sanderson Baldwin, 76, of Chapel
Hill; Nov. 20, 2008. Baldwin, a psychologist, was
director of the Research and Training Center on
Blindness at UNC. He served as a vocational expert
for several social service agencies and taught at
N.C. State University and the University of Illinois.
He was a NASA Fellow. Dr. Walter R. Benson,
88, of Durham; Dec. 10, 2008. Benson retired from
UNC Hospitals as professor emeritus of pathology
after nearly 30 years of service. In 2002, the
pathology department established the annual
Walter R. Benson Lecture. He was president of the
N.C. Society of Pathologists and wrote for professional journals. In WWII, he served in the Army as
assistant regimental surgeon for an infantry regiment in Italy. James Agustin Castaneda, 75, of
Houston; Nov. 1, 2008. Castaneda was a visiting
professor of Spanish at UNC. His primary career
was at Rice University. John Leroy Chase, 90, of
Norfolk, Va.; Nov. 4, 2008. Chase taught political
science at UNC, among other universities. He was a
program manager for the co-op program at the U.S.
Department of Education when he retired. In WWII,
he was a research analyst with the military intelligence division of the War Department and was with
the Foreign Service. Vivian B. Cole, 88, of
Winston-Salem; Oct. 25, 2008. Cole retired from
UNC’s accounting department. In 1981, she received
UNC’s C. Knox Massey Distinguished Service Award.
Ann Greer Darnell, 64, of Boone; Nov. 10, 2008.
Darnell worked at UNC Hospitals. Charles
Walker Davis Jr. (’ 45), 85, of Raleigh; Nov. 5, 2008.
Davis helped build the Dean E. Smith Center. Details,
’40s Class Notes. Kathryn Dodson Fort (’67 AB),
65, of Hampstead; Nov. 8, 2008. Fort was a landscape designer who worked at the N.C. Botanical
Shore spoke about the new rose garden, which was
developed using no pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers.
Mark Reese Sumner (’ 48 AB, ’ 54 MA) of Chapel
Hill has been named Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur
by the French government for his contribution to the
U.S. role in the liberation of France in WWII, serving in
the Army as a private first class. Sumner is director
emeritus of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at UNC.
Nancy Hoffman Allen (’ 47 AB), 83, of Nashville,
Tenn.; Nov. 29, 2008. Allen was librarian at Battle
Ground Academy and was involved in community
organizations. Steve D. Arledge Sr. (’ 49 BSCOM),
82, of Greenville, S.C.; Nov. 15, 2008. Arledge was in
the textile business, retiring as an administrative
manager with JP Stevens & Co. He served in the Navy
in WWII. John Monroe “Buddy” Armfield (’ 49), 84,
of Greensboro; Aug. 23, 2008. Armfield served in the
Air Force (1942-70), seeing combat with the 8th Air
Force in WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Marion Johnson Ball (’ 42 AB), 87, of Greenville; Nov.
21, 2008. Ball worked for Sikorsky Air Craft in
Connecticut under Charles Lindberg in WWII, while
her husband served in the Navy. After the war, she
lived in Durham, Rocky Mount and Danville, Va.,
before retiring near New Bern. At UNC, she was a
member of Alpha Delta Pi. W. Faison Barnes (’ 43,
Garden. Details, ’67 Class Notes. Iris Wilcock
Friederich, 93, of Chapel Hill; Nov. 5, 2008.
Friederich had been a teacher of French and Latin
in Australia before marrying a UNC professor and
moving in the 1960s to Chapel Hill, where she
taught Latin. Fannie Lee Harris, 87, of Durham;
Dec. 24, 2008. Harris, a certified nursing assistant,
retired from UNC Hospitals. John Arvid Hertzman
(’ 76 PhD), 80, of Raleigh; Nov. 15, 2008. Hertzman
taught design and art history. Details, ’ 76 Class
Notes. Audrey Betty Knowles, 71, of Waynesboro,
Va.; Oct. 27, 2008. Knowles retired from UNC’s law
library. She was the support leader for the Pulmonary
Hypertension Association Group. Kenneth R.
Mantle, 70, of Pensacola, Fla.; Nov. 20, 2008.
Mantle retired from UNC Support Services.
Previously, he served with the Navy for 32 years. He
was a master chief of avionics technician with the
Navy and was Naval Air Training Command Force
master chief. He served in the Vietnam War and
received numerous awards. S. Louis McHargue,
90, of Valdosta, Ga.; Nov. 21, 2008. After serving in
WWII and the Korean War, he was an ROTC instructor at UNC. During his active duty in the Army, he
was a linguist and translator. He retired as head of
the English department at Lowndes High School in
Georgia. Willard Hugh Miller, 81, of
Hillsborough; Oct. 27, 2008. Miller retired after 20
years of service with the UNC police. He was an
Army veteran of WWII. Bob Ray Mitchell, 78, of
Pittsboro; Dec. 20, 2008. Mitchell retired as facilities carpentry supervisor at UNC after 30 years of
service. He served in the Korean War. Joseph
Molofsky, 53, of Washington, D.C.; Sept. 3, 2008.
Molofsky was a career officer in the Marines, retiring as commander of the Security Battalion at the
Marine Corps Base in Quantico. He was recognized
as an expert on the Middle East, serving extensively as a military adviser. He was the NROTC Marine
Office instructor at UNC and N.C. State University.
Most recently, he managed the State Department’s
’ 45 BSCOM; ’ 48 LLBJD), 85, of Charlotte; Nov. 24,
2008. A lawyer for more than 60 years, primarily with
the firm of Barnes & Pratt, Barnes’ areas of specialization were taxation, anti-trust and securities litigation.
He serve for two years at the U.S. State Department
as an investigator and special agent. He was president
of the Charlotte Writers Club, co-founder of the Waxhaw
Highland Games and a member of the Robert Burns
Society. He was state coordinator of the AARP, president of the state Jaycees and an amateur actor. In
WWII, he was in the Army. While at UNC, he was a
member of Delta Sigma Pi, Philanthropic Society and
the Debate Team. William Walter “Dub” Brown
(’ 49), 82, of Burlington; Nov. 20, 2008. Brown
obtained the fifth real estate license issued by the
N.C. Real Estate Commission and became president
of Lake Forest Development Co. In retirement, he
became vice president of sales for Harriet &
Henderson Yarns Inc. He served with the Army Air
Corps in WWII. George Alma Byrum (’ 49 BSCOM),
83, of Edenton; Nov. 19, 2008. Byrum was president
of Byrum Hardware Co. and had been mayor of
Edenton as well as a member of the Town Council.
He had been president of the Edenton Chamber of
Commerce, chairman of the Edenton Historic
Commission and president of the local Jaycees. He
was named Man of the Year and received the Jaycees
Distinguished Service Award. He was in the Army in
African peacekeepers program. Erskine L. Palmer,
72, of Tallahassee, Fla.; Dec.
16, 2008. Palmer was a
researcher in viral diseases
and wrote textbooks and
papers on the topic. He
taught at UNC and Florida
State University and retired from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. He served in the
Air Force. Catherine Ann Plescher Schweitzer,
82, of Chapel Hill; Dec. 10, 2008. Schweitzer was
alumni director of UNC’s law school. She moved to
Chapel Hill in 1970, following positions in Chicago
and New Haven, Conn. Warren Lynn Stafford,
61, of Graham; Nov. 17, 2008. Stafford was
employed in UNC’s public safety division. He
belonged to Center United Methodist Church. He
was a veteran of the Army. Bonnie Kay Walker,
55, of Burlington; Nov. 30, 2008. Walker was a
nurse at UNC Hospitals. Marvin Martin Ward
(’ 40 MAEd), 94, of Greensboro; Nov. 10, 2008.
Ward taught physics at UNC during the summer.
Details, ’40s Class Notes. Vernetta Leatrice
“Net” Warren (’ 76), 54, of Durham; Nov. 30, 2008.
Warren worked at UNC Hospitals. Details, ’ 76 Class
Notes. Jack K. Weir, 85, of Durham; Dec. 21,
2008. Weir was a professor in the School of
Pharmacy. He served in the Navy in WWII and the
Korean War. C. Robert Wick (’ 56 MBA), 82, of
Virginia Beach, Va.; Aug. 16, 2008. Wick was a
teacher in the NROTC. Details, ’50s Class Notes.
Dr. Ben Howard Williams, 86, of Columbia, S.C.;
Dec. 23, 2008. Williams was on the dental school
faculty. In WWII, he served in the Pacific with the
Army Air Corps doing intelligence tracking. He
retired from the Army Dental Reserve in 1982.
Ervin Howard Young (’ 73 MA, ’ 78 PhD), 65, of
Madison, Wis.; Sept. 11, 2008. Young was a computer software developer with the UNC School of
Public Health. Details, ’ 73 Class Notes.