in El Cajon. He taught television, film and electronic
journalism. In WWII, he was in the Army Air Corps
and served again in the Korean War. At UNC, he
belonged to Chi Phi. u Sidney Morris Shanker (’ 48
MA), 88, of Rockville Centre, N. Y.; Oct. 1, 2008.
Shanker served in the Army in WWII. u Robert M.
Simms (’ 46 AB), 89, of Champaign, Ill.; June 2, 2009.
Simms was an architect in Chicago for many years. In
WWII, he was in the Navy. Before becoming an architect, he taught navigation for the Navy. At UNC, he
belonged to Beta Theta Pi. u Shelton Smith Stanley
(’ 48), 82, of Wilmington; May 21, 2009. Stanley
retired after a long career with Carolina Power & Light.
A baseball player, he played in the American Legion
Little League World Series, the New York Yankees
farm system and the Chicago Cubs organization. In
WWII, he served in the Navy. He played football at
UNC. u Peggie Sapp Stokes (’ 48, ’ 50 AB), 82, of
Durham; June 15, 2009. Early in her career, she was
a medical laboratory technician. She was past president of the Watts Hospital Auxiliary and, at UNC, she
belonged to Delta Delta Delta. u Kenneth Eugene
Strayhorn (’ 48), 82, of Chapel Hill; May 5, 2009.
Strayhorn was a career Marine. He served in Korea
during the Chosin Reservoir campaign and was with
the first Marine aviation deployment to Vietnam. He
served a second Vietnam tour. He retired to the family
farm in New Hope. u Joseph Phillip “Jack” Thorne
(’ 49), 86, of Fuquay-Varina; March 31, 2009. Thorne
retired as a pharmacist. In WWII, he was in the Army
and was a POW in Germany for a year. u Dr. Gene
Leonard Usdin (’ 43), 87, of New Orleans; May 9,
2009. Usdin, a psychiatrist in private practice for
many years, was a pioneer in forensic psychiatry. He
started the first community mental health center in
New Orleans. He published extensively and received
numerous awards for his work. He served in the Navy.
u Hiawatha Brown Walker (’ 47 MPH, ’ 59 PhD), 90,
of Florence, Ala.; April 29, 2009. Walker retired as
acting dean of the School of Health Sciences at East
Tennessee State University. Earlier, he taught at UNC.
In WWII, he served in the Army. u Dr. Bennie Brooks
Ward (’ 49 AB, ’ 59 MD), 80, of Shallotte; May 31,
2008. Ward was a general practitioner in the
Shallotte area. He served in the Army in the Korean
War. u Arthur Emanuel Weiss (’ 41), 88, of Oxnard,
Calif.; Aug. 14, 2008. Weiss retired as president of
Liberty Tags. At UNC, he belonged to Alpha Epsilon
Pi. u Dr. Thomas Early Whitaker II (’ 46 CMED), 85,
of Greenville, S.C.; May 27, 2009. Whitaker retired as
founder and senior member of Greenville Radiology.
He was president of the Greenville County Medical
Society and of the staff at the St. Francis Hospital. At
UNC, he was president of Phi Chi. u Dr. Kenan
Banks Williams (’ 41 AB, ’ 43 CMED), 89, of Sanford;
May 27, 2009. Williams was a pediatrician in
Winston-Salem, founding Pediatric Associates with a
friend. He was an Army doctor in WWII. At UNC, he
was active with the Campus Y. u Donald Ryder
Witter Jr. (’ 47 BSCOM), 82, of Englewood, Fla.; May
24, 2009. Witter retired as president and CEO of
First Federal Savings and Loan Association of
Charlotte County. An Eagle Scout, he held many civic
leadership positions, was named Boss of the Year by
the Junior Chamber of Commerce and selected for a
Pacesetter Award by the Charlotte County Chamber of
Commerce. At UNC, he belonged to Chi Phi.
Athletic Association, a post he has held since 1984.
u Doris Waugh Betts (’ 54) of Pittsboro, Frank Arthur
Daniels Jr. (’ 53 AB) of Raleigh, James Gooden
Exum Jr. (’ 57 AB) of Greensboro, Thomas Willis
Lambeth (’ 57 AB) of Winston-Salem and Roberts
Edgar Timberlake (’ 59 BSIR) of Lexington have been
named to the honorary board of the Conservation
Trust for North Carolina, an organization that provides
support to 24 local land trusts and works with direct
land protection along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Betts
served as UNC faculty representative on the GAA
Board of Directors (1984-87). Exum served on the
GAA Board of Directors as a director (1965-68), vice
president (1969-70) and president (1987-88) and as
board counsel (1998-2001). Lambeth served on the
GAA Board of Directors (1985-91), succeeding Exum
as president (1989-90); he is also chairman of the
GAA’s Tar Heel Network. u Benjamin Fleming Currin
(’ 59 ABEd, ’ 62 MEd, ’ 70 EdD) of Raleigh has received
the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s
highest civilian honor. Currin retired as president of
Vance-Granville Community College in 1999. u
William Henry Holdford (’ 58 AB, ’ 60 LLB) of Wilson
and Bobby Burns McNeill (’ 53 BSBA, ’ 58 LLBJD) of
Raeford have been inducted into the N.C. Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame. Holdford practices general litigation with the firm of Narron & Holdford. McNeill is with Hostetler & McNeill, focusing on
real estate and wills and estates after decades of
general practice. u Betty Ray McCain (’ 52 AB) of
Wilson has been elected chair of the UNC
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center board of
visitors. McCain is a past chair of the GAA Board of
Directors (2001-02). u William Lindsay Osteen Sr.
(’ 56 LLB) of Greensboro has received the 2009 Pro-
fessionalism Award for the Fourth Circuit from the
American Inns of Court. Osteen is a judge for the U.S.
District Court, Middle District of North Carolina.
Before serving on the bench, Osteen practiced law for
33 years and served in the N.C. General Assembly,
including a term as minority leader from 1960 to
1962. u Lacy Herman Thornburg (’ 52 AB, ’ 54 LLB) of
Webster has retired as a judge for the U.S. District
Court, Western District of North Carolina. Thornburg,
appointed to the federal bench by President Bill Clinton in 1995, also served as N.C. attorney general
(1985-92) and in the N.C. House (1961-66). u
Marshall Waldman (’ 55 AB) of Miami has been elected
president of the Friends of Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
William Caswell Batchelor (’ 50), 82, of Washington,
N.C.; May 1, 2009. Batchelor retired as district manager of Charlotte Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. In WWII,
he served in the Navy. u Charles Edward Bizzell Sr.
(’ 53 BSBA), 77, of Midlothian, Va.; May 20, 2009.
Bizzell’s career was in sales and marketing, initially
with radio and TV stations. Later, he was territory
manager for the Felmore Corp. of Baltimore. In the
Korean War, he was a Russian translator with the
Army Security Agency. At UNC, he belonged to the
Dialectic Society. u Dr. Robert Martin Boerner (’ 58
BSMED, ’ 61 MD), 73, of Asheville; May 27, 2009.
Boerner was founder of Asheville Consultative
Medicine. A specialist in infectious disease, he served
on the staffs of Memorial Mission and St. Joseph’s
hospitals. He was a UNC clinical professor of medicine.
Among his honors were the Founders’ Day Physician