inducted into the N.C. Banking Hall of Fame. He
donated $1 million to Pfeiffer University, and the
Central Family YMCA in December was dedicated
and renamed the William G. White Jr. Family YMCA.
His university studies were interrupted by his service
in the Navy in the Korean War. At UNC, he belonged
to Chi Psi. C. Robert Wick (’ 56 MBA), 82, of
Virginia Beach, Va.; Aug. 16, 2008. Wick worked with
Esso (now ExxonMobil) in executive positions in the
U.S., Malaysia and Singapore. He was an Eagle
Scout. He graduated from the Naval Academy and
served on radar picket duty in the North Atlantic. He
ended his naval career as a teacher with the NROTC
unit at UNC. James Hamilton Wiggins (’ 56, ’ 61
BSBA), 75, of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; Oct. 20, 2008.
Wiggins owned Island Amusement Co. Earlier, he
was transportation specialist for Maola Ice Cream
Co. in New Bern. He served in the Army before
returning to UNC to complete his degree. Phoebe
Jane Bibb Williams (’ 50 CPHN), 83, of Eldon, Mo.;
Oct. 28, 2008. A registered nurse, Williams was a
public health nurse with the Miller County public
health system. She retired as the nurse at Eldon’s
junior and senior high schools, and she was on the
Eldon Housing Authority Commission and the Miller
County Welfare Commission. Mary Burgman
Winston (’ 53), 75, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Jan. 13, 2009.
Winston and her husband, James Horner Winston
(’ 55 BSBA), gave a $1 million lead gift to establish
UNC’s European Study Center in Winston House in
London. She was a founding member of Episcopal
High School of Jacksonville, the DePaul Society of St.
Vincent’s Hospital and the Women’s Giving Alliance.
She also was a member of the Junior League of
Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Symphony Women’s
Guild and the Laurel Garden Circle and was active in
her church. Martha Wilkinson Woods (’ 59 ABEd),
71, of Yanceyville; Nov. 12, 2008. Woods was a
teacher and tennis coach at George Washington High
School in Danville for more than 30 years. She was
named state and regional coach of the year in 1980,
1985 and 1994 and received the Distinguished
Service Award from the Virginia Coaches Association.
At UNC, she belonged to Pi Beta Phi, was attorney
general for the Women’s Honor Council and vice
president of the women’s athletic association.
’ 60 Nancy Faison Bryson (’ 60 BSPHR) and
Vaughn Douglas Bryson (’ 60 BSPHR) of
Vero Beach, Fla., have received the
William R. Davie Award from UNC. Both are charter
members of the Lux Libertas Society. Vaughn Bryson,
retired CEO of Eli Lilly & Co., serves on the GAA
Board of Directors. Margaret Brown Maron (’ 60)
of Willow Spring has received the 2008 North Carolina Award for Literature. Maron is the author of 25
novels, including a mystery series featuring North
Carolina crime stories.
Robert Daniel Fulghum (’ 60), 71, of Stevensville, Md.;
Dec. 6, 2008. Fulghum worked in real estate and
mortgage banking in the Washington, D.C., area
before retiring to Stevensville on Maryland’s Eastern
Shore. He had served in the Air Force. James
Norman Thomas (’ 60 BSBA), 69, of Tampa, Fla.; Jan.
2, 2009. In Tampa, Thomas was a commercial real
estate broker. Earlier, he was involved in international banking in Charlotte. After graduation, he joined
the Marine Corps. At UNC, he was in NROTC and a
member of Phi Gamma Delta. James Robert
Whitney (’ 60 MBA), 75, of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Nov.
22, 2008. Whitney, a CPA, taught business courses
for 38 years at The Citadel. He helped establish the
S.C. chapter of the Kidney Foundation and was on
the board of the Carolina Low Country Girl Scout
Council. In the Korean War, he served in the Army,
attending The Citadel on the G.I. Bill. Edward H. Y.
Yeh (’ 60 PhD), 78, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; Feb. 8,
2008. Before retiring in the ’80s, Yeh was a professor
at Moorhead State College in Moorhead, Minn. He
entered UNC as Hsin Yang Yeh.
’ 61 Ivan Verner “Andy” Anderson Jr. (’ 61
AB) of Charleston, S.C., has retired as
president and CEO of the Evening Post
Publishing Co. and president of The Post and Courier.
His service to UNC includes being on the GAA Board
of Directors (1998 to 2001). Jonathan Broome
Howes (’ 61 MRP) of Chapel Hill has been appointed
to the board of the N.C. Humanities Council. Howes
is special assistant to the chancellor and an adjunct
professor of regional planning and public policy at UNC.
David Iverson Smith (’ 61 AB, ’ 64 LLB) of Burlington has retired from his multiple posts of county
manager, attorney and clerk for Alamance County.
Richard H. Bennett (’ 61), 75, of Rock Hill, S.C.; Nov.
6, 2008. Bennett retired after a career in commercial
sales for the Rock Hill Telephone Co. Previously, he
was operations manager with Tennessee Telephone
Co. He served in the Army in the Korean War.
Nancy Gammon (’ 61 AB), 70, of Bristol, Va.; Dec. 31,
2008. Gammon’s particular interest was the Bristol
Senior Show Choir. She was a lifelong member of
State Street United Methodist Church. Theodore
Fred Henricks (’ 61 PhD), 76, of Columbia, Mo.; Nov.
20, 2008. Henricks joined the faculty of the
University of Missouri Medical School in 1962 and
served as chief hospital psychologist. His special
research interest was the interaction of psychology
and health, publishing in many journals, consulting
to medical facilities and publications, and belonging
to numerous medical associations. Calvin Dudley
Jarrett (’ 61 MEd), 82, of Graham; Nov. 20, 2008.
Jarrett taught economics and sociology in Alamance
County. A freelance writer, he had more than 150
articles published and was a published poet. He was
a Navy veteran of WWII.
JIM LONG ’ 63 1940–2009
Insurance Chief Used Humor, Personality for Public Service
Jim Long ’ 63 was known for his service to saved consumers $4.2 billion in auto insurance
North Carolina, mostly as state insurance com- premiums alone during his tenure.
missioner for more than two decades. But he State Sen. Ellie Kinnaird ’ 73 (MMUS), who
also was known for wearing attention-getting represents Orange and Person counties,
red ties as part of his political persona. It was described Long as a “person of joy.” If she
no surprise that among the hundreds who went to him with a constituent’s concern, he
paid tribute to him at the visitation after his always took care of it, she said. “He made sure
death at age 68 on Feb. 2, there were red ties every angle was addressed and always wanted
aplenty. people to get the best service.”
“He was serious when it came to helping Before being elected insurance commission-the public, and at the same time, he had an er, Long served in the N.C. General Assembly
infectious sense of humor and personality,” from 1971 to 1975.
Gov. Beverly Perdue told Raleigh television The Special Olympics, for which he began
station WRAL. “His red tie was legendary, and as a volunteer in the late ’60s as the program
so was his commitment to North Carolina.” was being established, was a strong interest of
Long, who also earned his law degree from his. At his retirement reception Jan. 17, he
UNC in 1966, served six terms as insurance received the 2008 Special Olympics President’s
commissioner and retired from the post less Award. He would sometimes have his speaking
than a month before his death. He fought to honorariums sent as donations to Special
keep insurance costs down for state residents; Olympics.
the Department of Insurance estimated he — Sally Walters
Jim Long ’ 63 was known as a tough consumer advocate
but also as an ebullient campaigner and storyteller as he
worked the political circuits around the state.