Lander College in Greenwood, S.C. Rebecca
Peeler Parsons (’ 64 ABEd), 66, of Oakton, Va.; Oct.
16, 2008. Parsons founded Bookwise, a children’s
book distribution center, retiring in 1997 after also
teaching elementary school in Jacksonville, Fla. At
UNC, she belonged to Delta Delta Delta. Dr. Russell
Carl “Jack” Taylor (’ 64 MD), 71, of Boone; Dec. 14,
2008. Taylor practiced medicine in Boone until retiring in 2007. He was the first medical director of the
Kidney Dialysis Center, established in 1989.
’ 65 Ben Lewis Jones (’ 65) of Washington, Va.,
known for his role as “Cooter” in the TV
show Dukes of Hazzard, has published
Redneck Boy in the Promised Land, the story of his
struggles with addiction and how he turned his life
around. H. Martin Lancaster (’ 65 AB, ’ 67 JD) of
Cary has received the I.E. Ready Award from the N.C.
State Board of Community Colleges. Lancaster, president emeritus of the N.C. Community College System,
retired as system president in April 2008. In December, he was the commencement speaker at Mount
Frances Henderson Alston (’ 65 MAT), 80, of
Effingham, S.C.; Aug. 24, 2008. Alston was director
of mathematics in the Concord, N.C., city schools.
She also worked part time as a college representative for Frances Marion University. Jon David
Brooks (’ 65), 66, of Augusta, Ga.; Dec. 10, 2008.
Brooks was an occupational health nurse at an
Augusta hospital. He served in the Army with a medical clearing company. Donald Ray Cecil (’ 65
ABEd), 66, of Covesville, Va.; Nov. 18, 2008. Cecil
was a French teacher, retiring in 1997. He also
worked weekends at the admitting office at the
University of Virginia Hospital. After retiring to his
farm, he bred animals and became a landscaper.
Charles Albert Watson (’ 65, ’ 66 AB), 66, of Plymouth;
Nov. 16, 2008. Watson taught public administration
on the graduate level at several universities, including Auburn University. He was active in his church, a
past chairman of its board and taught an adult
Sunday school class. At UNC, he belonged to Delta
Upsilon and was a cabinet member at the Campus Y.
Sally Passmore Watson (’ 65 MA), 74, of Niceville,
Fla.; Oct. 25, 2008. Watson taught high school
English in schools in Virginia. Her book, The
Enchanted Marshmallows, was produced as a play.
Please join us at the
General Alumni Association’s
Annual Alumni Luncheon
Saturday, May 9, 2009
George Watts Hill Alumni Center
12: 15 – 2: 30 p.m.
2009 GAA Distinguished Service Medal Recipients:
Dwight M. Davidson III ’ 77
Fred N. Eshelman ’ 72
James H. Winston ’ 55
with a performance by the UNC Clef Hangers
Tickets are $15 (GAA members) and $25 (non-GAA members)
For more information or to purchase tickets, call
the General Alumni Association at (919) 962–1208.
GENERAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
’ 66 ■ obituaries
William Thomas “Buddy” Bishop III (’ 66
BSBA), 64, of Lexington, Ky.; April 3, 2008. Bishop
was a partner in the law firm of Stoll Kennon Ogden.
He was one of three trustees of the Keeneland Association Inc. and was Keeneland’s lead counsel, secretary and member of its board of directors. He also
was elected to The Jockey Club and was president of
the Thoroughbred Club of America. At UNC, he was
president of Pi Kappa Alpha. Thomas Alvin Corbett
Jr. (’ 66 BSBA), 65, of Snellville, Ga.; Nov. 2, 2008.
Corbett, the retired owner of Corbett and Associates,
worked with nonprofits to help employees establish
retirement investments. Previously, he was involved
in real estate and office park leasing. Jack Milton
Standefer (’ 66 MAT), 69, of Apopka, Fla.; Nov. 29,
2008. Standefer retired after 40 years as a math
teacher. He previously lived in Des Moines, Iowa.
Lawrence Lee Wagenseil (’ 66 AB), 64, of Norfolk,
Va.; Dec. 2, 2008. Wagenseil was a career Navy officer, retiring as a captain after 24 years, including a
tour in Vietnam. His final appointment was chief staff
officer of Naval Station Newport. After retiring, he
graduated from a school of horology, learning the
clock repair business, and owned Norfolk Clock
Repair. At UNC, he was in NROTC.
’ 67 Joseph Trent Barwick (’ 67 AB, ’ 68 MAT)
of Beaufort has received the Order of
the Long Leaf Pine, the state’s highest
civilian honor. Barwick retired in February as president of Carteret Community College after a 35-year
career with the N.C. Community College System. J.
Joseph Hackney (’ 67 AB, ’ 70 JD) of Chapel Hill has
been named to a second term as speaker for the
N.C. House. Hackney represents the 54th District,
which includes Chatham and Orange counties and
part of Moore County. R. Douglas Wilkerson (’ 67
BSPHR) of Toledo, Ohio, has received a career
achievement award from the University of Toledo,
where he is vice president for research administration and associate dean for graduate programs. Wilkerson began his career in 1979 teaching cardiovascular pharmacology at the university’s medical
college. Charles W. Wilkinson Jr. (’ 67 JD) of Oxford
has retired as a judge presiding over the 9th Judicial
District. With 31 years on the bench, Wilkinson holds
the record for length of District Court service in the
state. He expects to serve as a fill-in District Court
arbiter in the Triangle and nearby counties. Melvin
Forbes Wright Jr. (’ 67 BSIR) of Winston-Salem has
received the Chief Justice’s Professionalism Award
from the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professional-